On a Desert Shore: A Regency Mystery
S. K. Rizzolo
Poisoned Pen, 2016 (2016)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
arina Garrod is the daughter of an extremely wealthy London merchant, Hugo Garrod. Her mother is a slave on Garrod's Jamaican plantation! Marina has had all the advantages afforded young ladies to become welcomed into upper crust society. Her birth, however, is much talked about in London tea rooms.
hile hosting a tea party in honor of his beautiful daughter, Hugo is hoping Marina will catch the eye of a prominent man who will overlook her birth. At the party, a number of guests become quite ill. While it is beginning to look as though someone may have altered the ingredients in the tea, police are called. Hugo lies dying and already there is speculation as to who will be the heir to his vast estate. At that time in the world, women were not thought to have the brain power to oversee such a large holding. Or any holding at all.
nter Mrs. Penelope Wolfe who earns her living by her pen which is frowned upon. How dare a woman place herself in a man's world? Hugo had wanted her to more or less advertise the availability of his daughter to marry. John Chase, a Bow Street Runner had been employed to protect Marina. He now finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation.
ho is responsible for the doctored tea? Who has the most to gain? Will Marina have to go back to Jamaica? Is she truly as hysterical as those who care for her claim? Is she getting proper care?
story with many questions. Discovering the answers takes the reader's time. But in between the questions are many lovely descriptions of a luxurious estate. The home seems too beautiful to house someone who will do anything to accomplish sinister ends.
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