Every November 5th throughout Britain, Guy Fawkes Day is observed as a 400 year old tradition. Fawkes was part of a conspiracy to blow up Parliament, along with King James I. The Gunpowder Plot was foiled and Guy was arrested red-handed, sitting in a cellar with barrels of gunpowder. Since Guy was the bird in hand, he was saddled with blame for the whole scheme and hanged. Bonfires were lit by Brits happy that their king was saved.
And now to modern England. A modern-day celebration involves bonfires, fireworks, and burning effigies of the traitor Guy Fawkes. In some villages, the day plays a central role, attracting tourists as villagers play out roles that have been handed down for generations.
I thought I'd take my time reading this book, I'm not big on British mysteries. I also thought I could savor the settings that drip authenticity, but I finished it overnight. I love the characters, especially Detective Inspector Brenna Taylor, who brings a refreshing woman's viewpoint to the investigation. She's warm, intelligent, and someone I'd like as a friend! And the subtle humor throughout the book, especially between Brenna and her assistant Margo, is terrific. The multi-faceted relationship between Brenna and her boss is handled beautifully. But perhaps what I like the most is the descriptive passages. I feel like I'm right there, walking the streets of the village and exploring the woods. It's amazing! Great dialogue, too.
As a mystery fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
English mystery, good plot.
British police procedural - village setting - female officer