Saturday, January 12, 2013
Book Review: A Tincture of Murder by Donna Fletcher Crow
A Tincture of Murder
I'd like to thank Donna Fletcher Crow for allowing me to receive a review copy of A Tincture of Murder! I enjoyed reading it very much.
My rating: 4 stars
A Tincture of Murder is a very cute mystery set in England during the mid 1800's. Though this is the first Lord Danvers mystery I have read, I did not feel that I was missing too much by hopping in on the fourth book. I could still appreciate the characters and the mystery.
Fredrick, Lord Danvers brother, is a reverend in the very poor section of London and has set up a house to help women of ill repute who have become pregnant. The women start dying and Freddie believes foul play is involved. Since Lord Danvers has the reputation of an amateur dective, Freddie begs him to come help him find the perpetrator of these crimes.
Due to circumstances beyond control, Lord and Lady Danvers travel to London to help Freddie in spite of the fact that Lord Danvers would rather not go, thinking Freddie has gotten himself in trouble with a woman. Little do they know, that they will not only help solve the murders, but also help improve the conditions of the women they are helping.
I loved the charitable work that was described in this book. You can tell that Ms. Crow must have a heart for helping those in need, due to all the focus she put on that in this book.
The historical aspect of this book was very interesting. I enjoyed seeing the case of William Dove played out. His was one of the first in which insanity was used as an actual cause for his murdering his wife. And the case of the children's home was certainly more disturbing when I found out that it actually happened.
I appreciate all of the research that went into this book and will be looking forward to reading more of this series! I would recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries set in this time period.
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You can purchase a ecopy of the book from Amazon through this link: A Tincture of Murder