Written by Anita Davison
1905 London is a heady mix of unimaginable wealth and simmering political tensions, and with war looming Flora Maguire wants to keep her family safe.
So when her beloved charge Viscount Edward Trent is accused of murder, she’s determined not to leave the investigation to the police. Flora has trodden the path of amateur sleuth before, but with so much at stake, this time it’s personal.
Slowly the body of the victim found stabbed on a train bound for Paddington starts giving up its secrets, and Flora and her husband Bunny become mired in a murky world of spies, communists and fraudsters.
And with the police more sure than ever that Edward is their murderer, Flora must work fast to keep him safe.
Good Period Mystery!
If you enjoy a good mystery with a surprise or two along the way, then this is a must-read for you.
In the early twentieth century, we find Flora happily married and with a new baby to enjoy. However, old habits die hard and when her previous charge looks set to be arrested for murder, Flora sets outs to find out the truth despite dire warnings from her old adversary, Inspector Maddox.
This is a very entertaining read, true to the time it’s set in. Not only is the mystery attention-grabbing, but the extra details about life at that time add to the overall story. Nor are things straightforward; there are several twists and turns along the way adding to the tension – not to mention the whopping big shocker waiting in the wings! Truly enjoyable, but I was disappointed that so much detail was given about previous novels in the series making it futile to go back and read from the beginning. I have, however, enjoyed this one so much that I will definitely be looking forward to the next book.
My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical mystery
- Formats: ebook, paperback
- Size: 323 pages
- Publication Date: 20 November 2018
- Purchase Links: Google Play
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Meet the Author
Anita writes historical fiction. After a sojourn in the 17th Century with The Woufe Family Saga set during the Monmouth Rebellion and the Glorious Revolution, she also wrote Royalist Rebel, under th name Anita Seymour, based on the youth of Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale.
Anita’s latest novels are the Flora Maguire Mysteries, an Edwardian Cosy Mystery series published by Aria Fiction, the first release is Flora’s Secret set on an Atlantic Steamship in 1900. Followed by Betrayal at Cleeve Abbey, A Knightsbridge Scandal and The Forgotten Children. The fifth book in the series will be available in November 2018. Envy The Wind, a novel written as part of the Canadian Historical Brides Series was published in July 2018