The latest edition in the Sheridan series wasn't my favorite--Kate and Lord Sheridan are apart too much for my liking, plus the historical characters, who are normally so interesting, were rather boring and unlikeable. I have enjoyed the series immensely, but this one let me down.
This latest Robin Paige book is one of her best. The usual twists and turns in the plot line are there, with this book centering around the new "wireless" technology being developed by Marconi. Kate and Charles go to the Lizard, which is a southern section of Britain, right on the English Channel. Charles is to do some detective work to figure out who is responsible for the sabotage of the equipment, not to mention two deaths of employees. Kate visits a young widow who is a friend of Patsy Marsden who also lives on the Lizard. This poor lady has just lost her only child in a death by drowning and is of course having difficulty with her grief. She also wants to find out the truth about how this happened to her little one. Patsey immediately wants Kate to help her solve this mystery. "Soon of course it seems clear that the drowning and the dirty tricks at the wireless station are connected to an enigmatic stranger - and to foreign espionage, malicious intrigue, and inexplilcable messages sent out of the blue..." (from the front cover.) An excellent read!
In this 12th book of the series, Charles is investigating the "accidental" death of a telegraph operator in the local village while Kate is staying at a local widow's home helping her while the widow deals with the grief of the accidental drowning of her daughter for which she somehow feels responsible. Charles and Kate aren't together very often throughout the investigation of the two mysteries which eventually converge into one. I found the competition between telegraph companies to be interesting and the lengths they would go to be the first to send a wireless communication across the ocean.
Although this book was a fine book, I had the feeling that the authors were really growing weary of their main characters. In fact, it took me a very very long time to complete the book because it just didn't hold my interest as well as previous books.
I am not sorry that I read it, but it definitely felt like a "final" book.
Peggy C. reviewed Death on the Lizard (Victorian-Edwardian Mystery, Bk 12) on
I enjoyed this book as I have all of the Robin Paige offerings. I particularly like the historic references which are quite accurate for a work of fiction. I hope there will be more forthcoming from this author.