by Wilkie Collins
An eminent doctor is visited by a desperate woman with a question: am I evil, or insane?
When the letters from an Italian servant to his wife in London suddenly cease, she is convinced he has been murdered.
In the darkened bedroom of a mouldering palazzo by the Grand Canal, an English lord sickens and suddenly dies.
How are these little mysteries connected? Spend the night in Room 14 of Venice's finest hotel, and find out the truth - if you dare...
'Wilkie Collins is the finest practitioner of the novel of sensation... he took the elements gothic fiction relied upon - secret lives, lovers, villainy - and moved them into the suburbs... here the genre fused with the already established crime novel and took it in a new direction, more familiar and more frightening' - The Daily Telegraph
'Alchemy, premonitions, disappearances, madness, supernatural sightings and even a whiff of incest combine...a pleasingly nasty affair' - The Times
'An atmospheric and ghostly evocation of a wintry Venice in the 1800s' - The Guardian