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Su­san Fletcher Vi­rago £16.99

The tit­u­lar glasshouse is built by a reclu­sive busi­ness­man in the grounds of Shad­ow­brook, his newly ac­quired Cotswolds pile. Sent to in­stall its trop­i­cal green­ery is Clara, a fear­less young woman made frag­ile by brit­tle bone dis­ease and the re­cent loss of her mother. As a heat­wave takes hold, Shad­ow­brook is be­set by noc­tur­nal dis­tur­bances that leave the maids whis­per­ing of ghosts. Its in­gre­di­ents may sound fa­mil­iar but there is noth­ing pre­dictable about the way this puz­zle of a novel un­folds. Hephz­ibah An­der­son

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