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The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret Paperback – December 31, 2013

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While researching a book on WWI, historian Bailey stumbled on a crackerjack real-life mystery revolving
around the life and times of John Henry Montagu Manners, the ninth Duke of Rutland. A meticulous curator who organized
his illustrious family’s documents and correspondence, he died in the archives suite of Belvoir Castle in 1940, refusing
medical treatment until he completely expunged all records pertaining to three distinct yet interrelated periods in his
life. As Bailey painstakingly unearths secret after secret in order to deduce what really happened between the years
1894 to 1915, the ghosts of scandals past surface in full force. Populated with a bevy of real-life aristos who played
by their own twisted and privileged set of rules, a searing portrait of family intrigue, dysfunction, and hubris—à la
Downton Abbey—emerges. --Margaret Flanagan

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“In pages more reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe than Evelyn Waugh… [Bailey] reminds us why this seemingly
insignificant story bears telling.” – The New York Times Book Review

“With gripping detail and graceful prose…Bailey’s work can best be described as a work of probative history written with
the storytelling skills of a latter-day Agatha Christie.” – The Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Populated with a bevy of real-life aristos who played by their own twisted and privileged set of rules, a searing
portrait of family intrigue, dysfunction, and hubris—a la Downton Abbey—emerges.” – Booklist

“Bailey is a truly dogged detective… a compelling exposé” – Kirkus Reviews

“Bailey deserves commendation for her meticulous research as well as her storytelling.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Gripping. Reads like the best kind of mystery story. It is a tale of mistresses and heirlooms, cowardice and
connivance.” – The Sunday Times (London)

“Compelling. A remarkable piece of research which throws a bright shaft of light on powerful people, hypocrisy and the
First World War.” – The Guardian

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