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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming story, 26 Feb 2011
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This book is the first in the Travelling Matchmaker series. Having enjoyed M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth, Agatha Raisin and Edwardian Mystery series I decided to try this one as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in one evening. Hannah Pym - housekeeper - is unexpectedly left a legacy of five thousand pounds by her late employer.

Hannah lacks excitement in her life and for years has waved to the stage coach which passes the house where she works. Now she is a comparatively wealthy woman she decides to travel and having found herself inexpensive rooms, above a bakers, she sets out on a journey to Exeter.

But it is winter and the journey is far from straightforward involving as it does highwaymen, deep snow and various other hazards of a typical journey through England at the start of the nineteenth century. Hannah's fellow passengers are all far from being what they seem and there are some ill assorted couples who Hannah vows to rearrange.

I loved Hannah - practical resourceful and an excellent judge of character. The other characters are interesting as well - Lord Ranger Harley, the obnoxious Captain Seaton, the down to earth Mrs Bradley and Mr Fletcher the lawyer among others. This is a feel good story and I will definitely be reading the other five books in the series. There is humour, good dialogue and well drawn characters - what more could anyone want from a book on a cold winter's evening?
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Initial post: 30 Mar 2011 09:49:11 BDT
Crystal, says:
M C Beaton. Travelling Matchmaker. Read several and was very disappointed. Personally feel they fall a long way short of the other series she has written.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2011 10:36:09 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I found them charming and enjoyable but I didn't compare them with Agatha Raisin or Hamish Macbeth. While I enjoyed the Edwardian quartet featuring Lady Rose Summer I think the Travelling Matchmaker series is better. M C Beaton has written a great many other series and I'm hoping they're all going to be released as ebooks.
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