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Synopsis of the book:
Drew and Madeline Farthering arrive at a Regency-era house party at Winteroak House, excited to be reunited with old friends, including Drew’s former Oxford classmate Talbot Cummins. Tal is there with his fiancée, Alice Henley, and though many present seem worried about the couple, nobody is prepared when Alice dies intentionally, and a dark question arises of whether the death is an accident or murder.
The police have their own information, though, and Drew is shocked when they arrest someone he’s trusted since his childhood — someone who’s been smuggling drugs into the country for years. Stunned by what has happened, Tal begs Drew to get to the bottom of everything, but Drew has never felt more unsettled. Questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, Drew doesn’t know whom to trust, and he’s not ready for the secrets he’s about to uncover — or the danger he’ll bring down on everyone he holds dear.
Lots of suspects in this mystery. I was glad to visit with my favorite hero sleuth, Drew Farthering. These murders, and there are a few, even some shocking ones, have Drew questioning his mystery solving abilities. I felt so sorry for him and the others who lost loved ones.
I have to admit that this one was not my favorite of this series, mainly because of how I felt at the end — saddened. For me, the hope that the other books carried at their ends was lacking in this one. Perhaps it is because I’ve become so invested in these characters. That is a good thing about the author though. The characters have taken on real life for this reader. It is not something that is easily done.
There were quite a few twists and turns in this mysterious adventure and I liked the realism of Drew’s struggle with God’s leading when things don’t go well.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
Drew, of course. I also loved the progression of his relationship with Madeline and Eddie stole my heart. 🙂
What I didn’t like about this book:
The end. It lacked the hopefulness that I wanted and I was sad.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. Especially if you are a Drew Farthering fan. His struggles add lots of dimension to his character. Also, the twists and turns of the mystery were well done. This is the fourth book of the series and it can be read as a standalone. I’ve enjoyed watching Drew grow, so I would recommend reading the series.
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