Rachel Heffington is back! But this time, there isn’t an American journalist in sight. I present to you, the front cover of Miss Heffington’s soon-to-be-released first foray into the murky world of … murder.
The 12:55 out of Darlington brought more than Orville Farnham’s niece; murder was passenger.
In coming to Whistlecreig, Genevieve Langley expected to find an ailing uncle in need of gentle care. In reality, her charge is a cantankerous Shakespearean actor with a penchant for fencing and an affinity for placing impossible bets.
When a body shows up in a field near Whistlecreig Manor and Vivi is the only one to recognize the victim, she is unceremoniously baptized into the art of crime-solving: a field in which first impressions are seldom lasting and personal interest knocks at the front door.
Set against the russet backdrop of a Northamptonshire fog, Anon, Sir, Anon cuts a cozy path to a chilling crime.
5th of November, when Guy Fawkes’ effigy burns, sparklers crackle and rockets scream into the night sky.
I think that if I had one word to describe Rachel Heffington’s upcoming novel, it would be cozy. It’s the sort of book – murder mystery notwithstanding – that is just right to read when curled up in bed, with a blanket and a cup of tea in hand whilst the windows hold autumn’s fresh chill at bay.
The writing style is unique as ever – no boring prose in here, sparkling and imaginative, Rachel has a delightful turn of phrase.
Just take a peek at this quote which tickled my funny bone:
“Doctor Breen knew the signs of contempt in his most familiar patient as well as he knew the signs of pregnancy in a woman and croup in an infant.”
The descriptions and atmosphere are well done and one can almost walk the very halls of Whistlecreig along with Genevieve. The characters … ah, Shakespeare quoting Farnham is a lovely, crabby character who one warms up to as the tale goes along. He (and his ulcers) are so very human and quite endearing. I think that he is, perhaps, my favourite character of this book.
I look forward to future instalments of this series.