The house is crammed with graphically gruesome paintings and books; the long-deceased owner was an abusive brute. While cleanup operations ensue, an exploration turns up a cache of gruesome objects in the cellar, which has sea access and floods with the tides.
.No spoilers here: we'll have to leave the enticing story with the caution that evil abounds, as does cannibalism, mesmerism, betrayal, theft, and murder. This is #11 of the Narbondo series.
The novel shows the strength of a long-accomplished author in its characters, description and plot, and richly deserves a five. Now...out to buy the rest of James P. Blalock's books!