The mix of Regency and a female detective are very attractive. Lily Adler has been a favourite of mine since I
read one book of her exploits. I was so glad when Netgalley sent me this one too.
Lily is pragmatic and she is looking forward to a quiet companionship with her aunts in Hampshire. She is
accompanied by her friends and is looking forward to meeting Mathew Spencer whom she has a fondness for. Arriving
in this small village, her interest and the interests of her companions is aroused by the stories surrounding a
ghost in a manor bordering the village.
The story takes off from there. Visiting this manor house, Lily is not met just by stories of a ghost who has been
seen by many in the house, but also by the death of the mistress of the house - supposedly at the hands of the ghost.
Unfortunately the local magistrate is not willing to deal with a proper investigation but is willing to pass it off
as a death by an unknown party. Not attributing it to a ghost or to a human being either.
Lily sets in motion an enquiry with Bow Street and uncovers a story of intrigue. The obvious suspects are taken into
custody but with no real proof - only suspicion and the actual villain of the piece gets away almost scotfree.
Very lovely setting - the English countryside and the English countryside way of life adds piquancy to the story.
Sent by Crooked Lane Books for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.
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