Very good story. Different and a good read. Enjoyed the characters and the protagonist. Interesting how people felt about female doctors in early English history.
This is the beginning of what may be an interesting series based during the Victorian era in England. Dr. Alexandra Gladstone follows in her father's footsteps as a doctor in a small English community. Of course, it is unlikely that a woman could be a doctor during this era but she has been trained by her father who was well respected in the community. Her assistant and best friend is Nancy, with whom she grew up, and her faithful companion is Zack, a Newfoundland dog, who protects the doctor.
The scenario is this: A wealthy man is murdered in his home after a maid crashes his party waving and knife and vowing to kill him. Of course, she is arrested and charged with his murder. However, as the author unfolds events it appears that at least three people have motives which could propel any one of them to kill their host. Dr. Gladstone seeks to discover the truth and save the young maid. The story is well written, easy to read and suggests romance may be found in future novels of the series. However, my favorite character was Zack.
My rating of mysteries is based on whether or not I can determine the murderer before the author reveals her/his identity. Since I was able to do so in this novel it rated only three stars for me. Perhaps I've read too many mysteries!
I could not put this book down! It was very intriguing and full of mystery and suspense!
Dr Alexandra Gladstone, daughter of the old town doctor in Newton-upon-the-Sea, takes over when her father passes away. When a servant of a nobleman is blamed for the nobleman's death, the good Doctor strikes a nerve in the village as she investigates.