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  • Location: England, Minstead, Surrey

The Last Stage

The Last Stage

Why a Booktrail?

1980s, 2000s: What causes a woman to leave a band and her life behind?

  • Genre: Crime

What you need to know before your trail

At the peak of her career as lead singer of a legendary 1980s indie band, Meredith Vincent was driven off the international stage by a horrific incident. Now living a quiet existence in a cottage on the grounds of an old stately home, she has put her past behind her and come to terms with her new life.

When a body is found in the manicured gardens of her home, and a series of inexplicable and unsettling events begins to occur, it becomes clear that someone is watching, someone who knows who she is … Someone who wants vengeance.

And this is only the beginning…

Travel Guide

Travel to Minstead BookTrail style with Louise Voss

Most of the novel is set in and around Minstead Country Mansion. There is actually a lodge and house of this name in Hampshire in a village called Minstead much like in the novel. That’s about the only thing the story and the real house share however – the name!

Imagine a faded rock star coming to work at a remote country house and museum. A place far away from her previous life and the perfect place to hide out. Plenty of history surrounding the place but there’s another kind of history that Meredith is very keen to get rid of.

The setting of the grand country house and shop is lovely to linger inside. The cottage next to it sounds idyllic:

“Coming through the  archway from the vegetable garden, the sight of her little Victorian cottage’s bottle-green shutters, turreted gables, Gothic-arched front door and barley-sugar twist chimney pots reassured her even more.”

It’s the kind of book that if you go to any manor house, imagine it’s the house in the book, you will get a chilly feeling down your neck. You couldn’t want to meet any of the characters in the book necessarily though.

And be very careful when in a gift shop….( Keep an eye on the person serving ) ……or an ice house……


BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Last Stage

Destination: England, Minstead, Surrey  Author/guide: Louise Voss  Departure Time: 1980s, 2000s

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