Synopsis (from book cover):

It’s 1928, Freddie Watson is still grieving for his brother, lost in the Great War.  Driving through the foothills of the French Pyrenees, his car spins off the road in a snowstorm.  Freddie takes refuge in an isolated village and there meets a beautiful, captivating woman.  They spend the night talking of love and loss and war.  But by daybreak, Fabrissa has vanished and Freddie realises he holds the key to an ancient mystery that leads him deep into the mountains, to a cave that has concealed an appalling secret for 700 years…


I found this book by chance when I was looking for different book to read over the Christmas period.  I am glad I did, it is the perfect time of year for a  Christmas ghost story. The main character Freddie, is well drawn and the reader can feel the hurt and grief that he has been left with since the loss of his brother who declared missing in action during the war.

After a bout of illness a doctor suggests that Freddie tour the castles and ruins of Ariege to recover his shattered nerves.  The descriptions of the Pyrenees transported me there, especially as I had traveled near that area earlier this year.  Freddie starts to hear whispering in the hills and following a car crash this leads him on and unexpected journey and discovery.

I found the book a fun light read with interesting characters and setting.

PS: The book I had intended to read over Christmas turned up today.  It wasn’t where I thought I had left it…

4 Comments CherryPie on Dec 29th 2012

4 Responses to “The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse”

  1. Astrid says:

    It was for a reason that you could not find the book, that you intended to read. You would have missed this one. Now you could picture the story, you have been there in the South of France.
    Wonderful pictures again in your blog. (I am catching up too) I will be glad when working times are back to ‘normal’.
    Have a great Sunday and your lunch sounds great, now you new kitchen comes in handy :)

    • CherryPie says:

      I was certainly happy to find the book just now, I had looked for this one before I read my last book but I couldn’t find it. There seems to be a theme emerging here…

      The new kitchen certainly came in handy it meant the dining table could be left clear in case we wanted to play board games.

      I hope you have a good Sunday too.

  2. Steve Hayes says:

    I read another book by Kate Mosse a few years ago, “Labyrinth”. It was set in the same area, and your pictures reminded me of it and helped me to picture it.

    What was the book you found?

    • CherryPie says:

      I have read ‘Labyrinth’ too and the two follow up books in the trilogy that last of which is ‘Citadel’ which was the one I had just finished reading before this one.

      The book I have now found and am reading is ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follett.