The Devil’s Mansion by Rex Jardin

Posted on December 27, 2014


Great to discover someone blogging about Gothic mysteries. More people should re-discover vintage paperbacks. 🙂

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The Devil’s Mansion
Rex Jardin | Paperback Library | 1966 | 160 pages

Janet Lord accepts a position as a live-in companion to Miss Boisevain, a paralyzed recluse living in a rambling Gothic mansion far outside town. Miss Boisevain explains to Janet that the duties will be light, mainly reading to her a few hours a day in the great sitting room she never leaves, but warns that the occupants of the house may seem peculiar. However, besides Miss Boisevain (and the live chameleon she wears around her neck on a chain), the only other residents of the mansion are Nita, a mute housekeeper, and Rajah, an intimating Great Dane with blazing red eyes. And why have all the mirrors in the house, and from her own compact, been removed?

Janet’s arrival briefly crosses the path of Blair Rodman, a cross-country motorist whose car broke down in a storm on…

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