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The Mystery of a Turkish Bath

The Mystery of a Turkish Bath by Rita (E. M. Gollan)
By: (1850-1938)

A group of guests, at an exclusive luxury hotel in Hampshire, are the witnesses of an illustration of occult powers, demonstrated by “the Mystery”, as Mrs. Jefferson named the beautiful stranger who one day appeared in the Turkish Baths of the hotel. The events that follow lead Mrs. Jefferson to question the wisdom of her interest in the occult.

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The Mystery of a Turkish Bath, by Rita.

Under the pseudonym "Rita" E M Gollan wrote some seventy novels of which this is one. It is a rather penetrating book about the supernatural. It starts off with a somewhat unusual situation, at least in literature, with a group of ladies in the turkish bath of a large and luxurious hotel by the sea, in England, the sort of hotel to which people go to be cured of illnesses, on the recommendation of their doctors. It is some time in the late nineteenth century.

An extraordinarily beautiful woman appears one day in the turkish bath, and the women already in there are quite fascinated by her. But there is another guest in the hotel, a Colonel Estcourt, who, it turns out had known this woman since childhood. Indeed it had been expected that they would one day wed, but instead she had gone off and married an elderly, but fabulously wealthy, Russian prince.

Various demonstrations of her occult powers make the guests, both men and women, realise that the beautiful Princess is someone with very special gifts, which one or two of them would like to learn more about... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 2 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - May 26, 2015
Subject: The Mystery of a Turkish Bath
It may have been a story of a Turkish bath but it is drier than a desert. It may be the story itself or it may have been the narrator, Darvinia, either way I did not enjoy it!

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