Author: Dara England Series: An American Heiress Mystery (Novella #1) Publisher: Dara England Publication Date: November 2012 Genre: Mystery, Fiction Pages: 175 Buy: The Book Depository
Book Description: When American heiress Millicent Wright visits the eerie moors of Devonshire, her hunt for a titled British husband turns into a search for a cold-blooded killer. With her prospective husband not yet cold in the grave, Millicent delves into the secret lives of the inhabitants of the sleepy little village of Buckfastleigh. Murder suspects abound, from a spurned lover, a dour sister, and a disgruntled footman, to a retired colonel, a deranged grandmother, and a seemingly simple country doctor.
The only one who appears to want to help is the handsome Detective Lockwood. But with the list of murder victims growing longer and her own life in danger, Millicent doesn’t know how far she can trust him. Someone or something certainly seems to want her out of the way. Does the infamous curse on the Longbourne brides extend to soon-to-be brides or is someone at Buckfast Hall playing a terrifying and deadly game?
I am not usually a fan of first person narrative but it worked very well with this novella. The story moved along quickly as the first murder occurred and then soon after the second. I kept turning the digital page, wanting to know who did it and follow as Millicent Wright insists on solving the murder for herself. The story was quick pace without being rushed and the characters were flushed and entertaining.
The ending was quite dramatic and everything set in past London just made everything better, in my opinion. I liked the hint of romance that was written in without distracting from the adventure of the chase. And I am eager to read the next novella in the series.
I loved the writing style and the characters. Everything just flowed very nicely and I’m excited to read the rest of Dara England’s work. If you want a quick old England mystery I highly recommend this novella. It will keep you on your toes and leave you wanting more.
Book was won through a LibraryThing giveaway.
My Review: ★★★★