This is a nice series. The plots aren't terribly convoluted, but the heroine, a Victorian woman ahead of her time is charming, as are the descriptions of being a woman in Victorian England. Not your typical blood-and-gore mystery.
Kate and Charles are on a seaside holiday in Rottingdean for two basic reasons. First, their marriage has been somewhat strained because of their stay in London while Charles did his obligation in Parliament. Secondly, they have suffered a personal tragedy which neither can bring themselves to openly talk about. Charles' friend, Rudyard Kipling, and his family are also there which becomes a benefit when not one, but two coast guardsmen are murdered. No one in the village wants to admit that murder has occurred because inquiry might uncover the the illegal side business going on.
When Charles and Kate realize that a young boy named Patrick (whose mother is deceased and whose father has abandoned him) has seen the murderer of one guardsman, they must keep him safe as well as finding and deciphering the clues left behind at the murders.
When I started this book, I wasn't sure I was going to finish it simply because of the tone with which it started; however, I did, and I am glad of it. This book brings up happenings from previous books and hints at possible historical happenings to come, plus the Prince of Wales makes an appearance again! The authors, once again, incorporate history and important people of the time very well. Enjoy.
Fifth in the Victorian Nystery series. Lord Charles and Lady Kathryn investigate the murder of a member of the coast guard. With the help of a young writer named Rudyard Kipling, they're about to discover that something's rotten in the town of Rottingdean.
For Kathryn Ardleigh and her newly Lorded husband, Charles, a seaside holiday in Rottingdean is a much-needed respite. Known as Smuggler's Village, the cozy hamlet sits upon a labyrinth of hundred-year-old tunnels through which contraband goods were once smuggled in and out of England.
But when the body of a coast guard is found on the beach, the couple suspect the town is still plying the illicit trades of its past. And with the help of an imaginative young writer named Rudyard Kipling, they're about to discover that something's rotten in the town of Rottingdean...
Kate and Charles head for the seashore to rest and forget a great tragedy. While there they run into Rudyard Kipling, a young boy named Patrick (or Kim?) and a couple of murders.
Unfortunately, the Prince of Wales wants Charles to investigate and what he and Kate find is more then just a local crime.
An enjoyable read but I think that the characters of Kate and Charles have completed their development and the important developments now are the plots. I enjoyed this book as I also enjoyed, as a boy, a TV series on smuggling in an English village. The plots the authors develop in this series are always entertaining and leave you wanting more.
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A year has passed since the events of the previous book. Charles's older brother has fininally passed away and he is now the 5th Baron Somersworth. This new role has taken him to London to fulfill his obligations in Parliament. Kate, believing it to be her duty, has moved from Bishop's Keep to be with him. Not long after coming to London, Kate became very ill. The trip to Rottingdean is supposed to be a chance for them to relax and recuperate. The Sheridan's are barely there a day before they find themselves drawn into the investigation of a dead coast guard.
An eleven-year-old boy, Patrick, may know more than his is willing to tell. He confides in Rudyard Kipling, who is visiting his favorite aunt. When the less-than helpful local constable shows no signs of investigating the death as a murder, Kipling asks for Charles's help. Charles is reluctant - after all, he came to Rottingdean to spend time with Kate. But a second death is revealed to him while in the presence of the Prince of Wales and Charles's involvement becomes official by royal decree.
Kate, or I should say, Beryl wasn't very prominent in this one. It made the book feel as if it lacked something. I felt that Kate was side-lined and I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others.