The Heiress of Linn Hagh: The First Detective Lavender Mystery (The Detective Lavender Series) by Karen Charlton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Karen Charlton's, The Heiress of Linn Hagh is set in a realistic Regency England far from the soiree's of London - very authentic indeed as she has drawn from her own family history. Detective Stephen Lavender and his partner, Constable Woods, of Bow Street, are sent to solve the case of a missing young woman they suspect has been murdered. Their appearance in this cold, inhospitable village causes suspicion and they are made unwelcome among the townsfolk, farmers and gypsies. Helen Carnaby's disappearance immediately points to her decidedly unattractive brother and sister, but there is much more to the story than this. What a great character Charlton has created here in Detective Lavender. We learn more of him as the story unfolds, how cleverly and subtly he goes about conducting his investigation while piecing the clues together and dealing with all types. Woods makes his perfect side-kick, adding a touch of humanity and humor.
Charlton sets the eerie mood early on and gives us little reprieve. I couldn't guess the ending. I liked the touch of romance too! I hope that will develop further in subsequent books, which I look forward to reading.
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