The Daughters of Satan
New English Library, London, 1969
The blurb on the back:
The Abbey of Light - England's most exclusive finishing school - is just a front for a Satanist with terrible powers.
Tosh, complete tosh. A number of young women in high society have committed suicide, and the police are baffled, both by the motives for the deaths and by the ivory figurine that is found at each scene. The fact that the bodies keep on disappearing doesn't aid their comprehension very much either.
What they should have done is read the sleeve notes. Then they'd have known that the finishing school in Wales was a tad suspicious. Instead we have to wade through a huge heap of nonsense that includes ruminations on the times, which were apparently a-changing:
The only thing genuinely interesting about this preposterous, and really rather dull, book is that Ms Shulman is apparently American, but choose to set her tale in London. It was originally published in the States under the title The Daughters of Astaroth, which is a far better title. Maybe the publishers realized that it was too good.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 3/5