This is the second in a series of period mysteries written by a husband and wife team under a pseudonym. So far, the series seems to be getting better with each passing book, as this second book in the series is even better than the first. The books are well-written and well-researched, evoking period detail that makes it redolent of a bygone era.
The linchpin of this series is Kathryn Ardleigh, an independent American woman with English roots who has settled in England due to an inheritance. A fledging writer, she has firmly ensconced herself at Bishop's Keep, the manor house she has inherited, along with the means with which to maintain it.
Her intelligence and feisty spirit has caught the attention of Sir Charles Sheridan, a bachelor and gentleman who has a keen interest in the hard sciences and has a most inquiring mind. When the death of a local constable and the disappearance of a child capture their interest, this indomitable duo starts making inquiries, aided by Kathryn's shy friend, Beatrix Potter.
It is interesting that these books always seem to include a historical personage or event that is intertwined into the mystery at hand. The historical notes at the end of the book are most enjoyable, as they allow the reader to understand the reasoning and research that went into such inclusion. For those who enjoy history, this is an added bonus of these books.
As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mystery is intriguing, it is simply the framework around which the characters evolve. Those who enjoy the historical cozy mystery genre will definitely love this series.