Another excellent volume in this Victorian mystery series. Death at Devil's Bridge gives an interesting glimpse of the early challenges with automobiles and hot air ballons.
I've read this whole series and I enjoyed every one of them. There is a character or setting(or several) in each book that is accurate to the period and the fictional couple who solve the mysteries are very appealling.
It finally happened--Kate and Charles are married. Does that mean that their lives are going to settle down? Of course it doesn't. There will be a death to investigate with this one concerning cars and a hot air balloon. Charles and Kate's friend, Sir Bradford Marsden, has a wonderful plan to have a car race involving each of the current engine styles. Unfortunately, Bradford's father forbids the race at the home estate, so Bradford convinces Charles and Kate to host the event. What should be a simple exhibition becomes complicated. The inventors don't get along at all; the local basket-maker is trying to learn to fly on a broom (yes, it is intricate to the story!); and Charles has installed a gas cooker of which Mrs. Pratt, the cook, is terrified, plus other twists and turns. A murder just seems to fit into the turmoil.
The introduction of real characters in each of these books is always interesting. This one is no different. Since the story centers around automobiles, it stands to reason that Charles Rolls and Henry Royce are part of the group. The fervent feelings about the different type of engines is fun to read especially when the common consensus is that a combustible engine will never be practical.
Beryl will get the inspiration for another book by the end of this one!
I loved this one - I want to find more in the series - the history plus mystery is great!
Dactyloscopy - one day police forces will use this to help them solve cases, but not yet.
And Lady Kathryn's terrible secret is finally exposed in this novel.
Meanwhile, the author is throwing red herrings left and right.
The main characters are further developed in this book, the fourth of this series.
And some of the historical facts are downright mind-boggling. I never knew Charles Rolls was the first Englishman man to die while piloting an airplane.
And did you know that pig's blood is an essential ingredient for a potion to help you fly?
Oh, yes, and there was a murder too.
The 4th book in this charming series opens with the fact that Kathryn and Charles are married. What?? Their reader fans weren't invited to the ceremony? I wanted to hear all the details of this event and would have enjoyed that instead of so much automotive information. Disappointed about the absence of wedding news, but this series in still quite delightful and well-done.
A good story. I really like Sir Charles and Kate.
Sir Charles Sheridan and wife, Kate Ardleigh are skilled dectectives. Together, they are unraveling Victorian England's most intriguing and unusual mysteries.
Together they solved the murders at the Countess of Warwick's weekend house...and together they fell in love. Now newlyweds Charles and Kate Sheridan have moved into Kate's ancestral Georgian home Bishop's Keep, where Kate plans to devote herself to her writing and Charles to the responsibilities of the landed gentry. He agrees to host an automobile exhibition and balloon race at Bishop's Keep attended by Europe's foremost investors and inventors, among them the young Mr. Charles Rolls and Henry Royce.
But speed, competition, and money prove to be more explosive than gasoline - and for one automobile builder, more deadly...
Loved the story and the mix of history and fiction. Well written.