Book Review: Oxford Shadows by Marion Croslydon

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Marion Croslydon
Paperback, 300 pages
Publication: May 6, 2013
Series: The Oxford Trilogy #2


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The Oxford Trilogy #2
Marion Croslydon
Carlux Publishing, May 2013
ISBN 978-0957282438
Trade Paperback

From the author—

Still recovering from her last tango with the afterlife, Louisiana-born Madison LeBon struggles not only with her life as an Oxford postgrad but also with her budding love for Rupert Vance, aristocrat extraordinaire. One thing is certain, though: she won’t run away from her powers anymore. From now on she’ll face the music …

… literally!

When a sixteenth-century ghost makes an appearance during a classical concert Madison attends and threatens her boyfriend’s family, she sets out to explore the dark mysteries of the Tudors, even if that means confronting their most royal and homicidal character.

Her plans take an unexpected turn when her voodoo heritage catches up with her. With horror, she understands what her fate was always meant to be.

The question now is: Can Rupert be part of it?


Quite a few years back, my daughter spent a post-graduate year at Oxford University and then I went over there on vacation so, when I first heard of Marion Croslydon’s trilogy set there, I was especially interested. Madison LeBon is a student at Christ Church College while my daughter was at University College but the entire Oxford ambience is something special. There was also the slight connection of both Madison and my daughter being Americans studying there so, yes, I was interested. I wasn’t disappointed in the setting except that I would have liked more of it, more evidence of the beauty and history and charm that is Oxford.

Oxford Shadows is a mixture of contemporary and historical but liberties have been taken with some historical facts. What I noticed in particular was the scene in which Madison and Ollie are at Hampton Court and Madison reacts to the physical spot where the hatchet severed Anne Boleyn’s neck. There is no question that Anne was beheaded by a sword at the Tower of London and I really don’t know why these facts were mis-stated. The portrait they see at Hampton is important to the story but the true circumstances of Anne’s execution don’t really matter so why change them?

Ms. Croslydon does a nice job with fleshing out her characters—maybe a bit too much when you consider the fact that I think I’m supposed to like Rupert but, truth be known, I really don’t. I found him to be overbearing and a bully but that might help explain why Madison is so besotted with him since she clearly has “issues” to work through and Rupert is exactly the kind of man that many women prefer (just not me). Taking it a step further, though, this actually is why I admire the author’s character development since I’d much rather react to the players contrarily than not at all. I may not like Rupert but I appreciate him.

As for plot development, the juxtaposition of ghosts and voodoo with a little history and a rip-roaring curse works beautifully.  I love a good ghost story and the voodoo element is a very nice touch, something you don’t often run into in paranormal fiction.  Oxford Shadows gave me a pleasant escape into another world and should appeal to readers who enjoy romance and fantasy with a dash of mystery.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2013.


About the Author

Marion Croslydon 2In addition to being an author, I work as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spend a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to my mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course.

My debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because I can indulge in my favorite types of music: Country and English rock.

My main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster.

Since my writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, I love connecting with fellow readers and authors.

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