- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group (18 May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786717866
- ISBN-13: 978-0786717866
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,003,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hunt for Sonya Dufrette Paperback – 18 May 2006
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On the day of the Royal Wedding' in July 1981 at a house party on the banks of the Thames, a little girl wanders off on her own. Her doll is found floating in the river, but of the girl herself there is no sign. Twenty years on and Antonia Darcy, divorcee and assistant librarian at the Military and Naval Club, still puzzles over the disappearance of Sonya Dufrette and the strange behavior of the awful Lawrence Dufrette, his exotic wife Lena, and intelligent and charming Lady Mortlock not to mention the strange absence of the nanny. Ably assisted by her new admirer, Major Payne, Mrs. Darcy embarks on the first adventure in a new series of ingeniously plotted whodunits set against the background of country house life.
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This is a delightful cosy mystery with a lot to recommend it. Both Antonia and Hugh are pleasant characters and there is a good cast of suspects, including a mother who is a volatile Russian alcoholic, a nanny who suddenly came into a windfall shortly after the disappearance of her charge and a major row between two guests on the morning of the royal wedding. As Antonia discovers the shocking truth about what really happened to little Sonya Dufrette, the plot comes together in a very believable way. Excellent start to a series and I will certainly read more.
Twenty years ago to the day she was a guest at a country house when Sonya Dufrette disappeared. Antonia re-reads her writing about the incident and starts to think that there was more to the story than she had thought at the time. Assisted by Major Hugh Payne she decides to find out if Sonya did drown in the nearby river or whether something completely different happened. There are some marvellously eccentric characters such as Sonya's parents - Lena and Laurence - and Antonia and Hugh are likeable.
I enjoyed the background - country house, Antonia's job at a gentleman's club running the library and the whole ambience of the book which reminded me of the country house murders published between the wars. IT is very well written and captures the atmosphere perfectly. If you enjoy classic country house mysteries then you will enjoy this book. It is the first in a series of modern country house mysteries.
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