Bone House

Betsy Tobin (Author)

Product Details

Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
March 01, 2002
5.32 X 0.52 X 8.28 inches | 0.49 pounds
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About the Author

Betsy Tobin was born in Ohio and emigrated to England in 1989. A journalist, playwright, and prize-winning short-story writer, she lives in London with her husband and four children. Bone House is her first novel.


Tracy Chevalier author of Girl with a Pearl Earring Wonderful! Betsy Tobin has skillfully portrayed life in a seventeenth-century English village as well as written a compelling mystery. The maid's voice is deceptively clear, the plot subtly twisty-turny, and the results poignant and gripping.
Robin Maxwell author of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn and The Queen's Bastard Betsy Tobin draws us deeply into the seldom illuminated world of the Elizabethan underclasses. Her characters who, in other novels, are generally rendered in broad strokes -- the prostitute, the midwife, the lady's maid, the village idiot -- are here painted in vivid hue and detail. She has captured not only the language but the harsh reality experienced by the majority of England's population. A seventeenth-century Upstairs, Downstairs.
Margot Livesey author of The Missing World and Criminals From the opening pages of Bone House, I found myself utterly engrossed. How deftly Betsy Tobin transports us to the seventeenth century and how lucidly she spins her complex tale of obsession and superstition. This is a beautiful and suspenseful novel.
The New York Times A gripping narrative?shimmering with psychological depth.
Los Angeles Times A surprisingly delicate murder mystery, tempered by great detail and remarkable control.