Came across this series coincidentally while looking for various cozy mysteries. Leaving the murder/mystery until much later than usual, the story played up the personalities of the characters, and while they were well delineated did not have a great deal of accompanying depth. But then at 208 pages that might have required a longer story. Overall, I found the tale fun and interesting but it suffered somewhat from some rather egregious historical errors. Twice that I can recall the author referred to the group embarking from "Devon" to Calais in France. Sorry, but if they were to sail from Devon it would take a miserably long time as Devon is on the southwest coast of England. Instead of Devon, it should have read "Dover" which is where the shortest point for passengers to sail to Calais originated ("Dover Packet" ring a bell, anyone?). Also, I found the use of modern language in places a bit off putting ("okay?" Really?). Last but not least, in the Historical Notes the author included at the end she managed to contradict herself. In the section on Queen Victoria it stated that Victoria's father was the Duke of Kent (Edward; true). Then in the section on Ernest, the Duke of Cumberland, it states that King George the IV was Victoria' father. Not so. George IV was her uncle. Some folks may regard this as not worth mentioning but I beg to differ. If you are doing a historical of any kind then not getting the actual historical details right is like fingernails on a blackboard for those of us who read extensively in all kinds of historical genres. And the Dover thing along with the Queen's family info are pretty basic so there is to my mind no excuse to get them wrong. (Tsk, tsk).
In any case, I think this story rates a 3.5 and had it been free of historical errors I might have even upped it to a 4 but in good conscience could not due to these errors. That said, however, I will probably read the next two in the series as I am interested to see how the main characters develop over time. They are what have really held my interest.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3394 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Silkstone (15 April 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07C7K128V
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 14 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)