Then Miss Southey, the Bramhall family's ill-treated governess, disappears on the very day that the body of a stranger is found in a local river. When it transpires that the man might have been bringing news of the missing heir, Tobias and his loyal groom, Jem Turbeville, are forced to quit their beloved village to uncover the truth.
©2008 Judith Cutler; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Shadow of the Past"
Not as well read as 'Keeper of Secrets' but an enjoyable, well written Georgian mystery - not too heavy or to light; good for listening to while doing the housework.
Please change narrator!! His exaggerated enthusiasm is irritating and belittling to the text ; I would have given 3 stars but for this.
This is part 2 of this series. The characters are developed and another murder is the beginning of this detective story set in the early years of the 19th century in a small rural Warwickshire village. Unlike Jane Austin's writing much more is made of the sufferings of the poor of the parish although the groaning tables of the dinners of the gentry are not forgotten either.
I enjoyed the characters, the social history and the narrator, although find him sometimes annoyingly chirpy
I am going to download the next in this comfortable series set in a past where medicine, policing and religious attitudes are so different from today
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