Anatomy of Ghosts - 1786, Jerusalem College Cambridge.

The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumoured to be haunting Jerusalem since disturbed fellow-commoner, Frank Oldershaw, claims to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds.

Desperate to salvage her son's reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts - a stinging account of why ghosts are mere delusion - to investigate. But his arrival in Cambridge disrupts an uneasy status quo as he glimpses a world of privilege and abuse, where the sinister Holy Ghost Club governs life at Jerusalem more effectively than the Master, Dr Carbury, ever could.

And when Holdsworth finds himself haunted - not only by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, but also Elinor, the very-much-alive Master's wife - his fate is sealed. He must find Sylvia's murderer or the hauntings will continue. And not one of them will leave the claustrophobic confines of Jerusalem unchanged.

I love Andrew Taylor's writing – entertaining but elegant and sophisticated with stunning storytelling and an exquisite atmospheric sense of place and this novel has both in good measure.

The reader is plunged into the Hogarthian setting of Cambridge University in 1786 with decadent shenanigan's of wealthy students; madness; secrets; scandals and the whisper of a ghost haunting the grounds make this a perfect winter's evening read.