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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton

3.0 out of 5 stars -- Gothic mystery set in 1809 in Northumbria has a predictable plot with few surprises but authentic period detail. This is the first in a new series featuring Detective Lavender and his erstwhile partner, Constable Woods.

A young heiress of Linn Hagh, Helen Carnaby, disappears one night from a locked bedroom. Her older half brother and sister, relatively unconcerned, seem to be conspiring to obtain the fortune that was to be hers on Helen's upcoming birthday -- but another family relative hires Lavender to look into the matter. What has happened to Helen and was she kidnapped or did she leave on purpose?

This is an old fashioned whodunit with characters straight out of the era of Sherlock Holmes and the duo of Lavender and Woods more than fill his investigative shoes. The language and description of the countryside and its people definitely bring the reader to Regency England.

Definitely for fans of Agatha Christie and for those who enjoy a less modern type of crime fiction. Thank you to NetGalley for the e-book ARC to review.

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