A fresh, uncomplicated nineteenth-century adventure with a strong, unconventional amateur detective. Escape with Lady Cornbrook into the fun side of history.
Brooding, plotting, keeping secrets and the odd spot of murder: these things are pretty much compulsory on the stereotypical dark winter moorland of northern England in the Victorian era.
Cordelia, Lady Cornbrook is a Victorian widow with no intention of playing society's games any longer. She wilfully refuses to remarry, and speaks to her maid like she's an actual human being. The horror!
Trouble stalks a rebel like that, and trouble follows Cordelia to the wild moors of North Yorkshire. A girl is found dead. And not one, but two handsome strangers are raising suspicions. Cordelia's investigations set her in opposition to the local worthies and her own family.
There's a dashing cavalry officer and a passionate rabble-rousing Chartist, trouble at the Mill, wayward servants, night-time escapades with weaponry, and a large pig.
Can Cordelia really find the killer when she can barely control her own staff?
Kept me transported to the end!
An unlikely detective, Cordelia manages despite the social protocols and naysayers of her time to persevere. Perhaps that is the quality her fellow protagonists find worthy of their admiration. I enjoyed the play between the characters as much as the twists a turns in the plot. The final conclusions were very satisfactory and I am excited to begin the next book in the series. I do hope to read many more tales of the irrepressible Lady Cornbrook.