1794 not a good time for women. Especially for a woman like Tiffany without a cent
to her name totally depending on her brother Uriah, a mean character who begrudged
his half sister every penny he had to spend on her.
When Uriah died in suspicious circumstances Tiffany took a wild risk. Impersonating Uriah
she took on his tasks at the big house, knowing that this would be the only way,
she could keep the cottage, have a small income and feel safe. There were underlying
currents in the house too. Another death in similar circumstances ofa flirtatious maid
was an indication that there was a murderer around, but Tiffany had no way of disclosing
this to the local constable without confessing her own part in the tale.
The story had several twists and turns, accusations went every which way and when her
secret came out Tiffany herself was thrown into jail for the crime of impersonating a
man. slowly the story unravelled, justice was served eventually.
Apart from the story of Tiffany, the bigger point of interest was the manner in which
people lived, the divisions between the rich and poor, and the sheer arrogance of the
aristocracy who felt like in this case, that they could get away with murder. High moral
standards were expected of ordinaryfolk, but a blind eye would be turned to the liaisons
which abounded amongst the aristocrats.
Sent by Crooked Lane Books for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.