Millstone of Doubt
Regency London's detective duo is back on a new case--and this one is going to be a killer
Caught in the explosion of the Hammersmith Mill in London, Bow Street Runner Daniel Swann rushes to help any survivors only to find the mill's owner dead of an apparent gunshot.
Even though the owner's daughter, Agatha Montgomery, mourns his death, it seems there are more than a few people with motive for murder. But Daniel can't take this investigation slow and steady. Instead, he must dig through all the suspects as quickly as he can, because the clock is ticking until his mysterious patronage--and his job as a runner--comes to an abrupt and painful end. It seems to Daniel that, like his earthly father, his heavenly Father has abandoned him to the fates.
Lady Juliette Thorndike is Agatha's bosom friend and has the inside knowledge of the wealthy London ton to be invaluable to Daniel. She should be in a perfect position to help with the case. Still, her instructor in the art of spy craft orders her to stay out of the investigation. But circumstances intervene, dropping her into the middle of the deadly pursuit.
When a dreadful accident ends in another death on the mill floor, Daniel discovers a connection to his murder case--and to his own secret past. Now he and Juliette are in a race to find the killer before his time runs out.
"Erica Vetsch once again weaves a classic tale of how the old affects the new. An artfully told story that will have you wondering at the outcome until the final pages are read."-- Ruth Logan Herne, USA TODAY best-selling author
How the old affects the new
1816 What a tumultuous time, when things were starting to change in industry and the workers were afraid for their livelihood, of losing control over their lives and the lives of their families. The author has given us a story that highlights this dilemma and the nefarious deeds that arose from it. Did they truly believe that violence would get them what they wanted? Perhaps this is a lesson for our time as well.
These wonderful characters were a joy to get to know. A mystery that keeps you guessing, plenty of suspense and intrigue along the way and a little romance to round it out. Altogether a book you will not want to put down until finished!
This early copy of Thorndike & Swann Regency Mysteries #2 was received through Kregel Publications and NetGalley. These thoughts and impressions are my own and were in no way solicited.