kc linn haghNorthumberland, November 1809: A menacing figure stalks women through Hareshaw Woods and a beautiful, young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh.

The townsfolk cry ‘witchcraft’ and the local constabulary are baffled.

Fearing for her safety, Helen Carnaby’s worried uncle sends out for help from Bow Street magistrates’ court in London. Detective Stephen Lavender and Constable Woods now face their toughest and most dangerous case. The servants and the local gypsies won’t speak to them, Helen’s siblings are sly and uncooperative and the sullen local farmers are about to take the law into their own hands.

Isolated in this beautiful but remote community, Lavender and Woods find themselves trapped in the middle of a simmering feud and are alarmed to discover a sinister world of madness and violence lurking behind the heavy oak door of the ancient pele tower at Linn Hagh. Helen Carnaby’s disappearance is to prove one of the most perplexing mysteries of Lavender’s career.

Why did she flee on that wintry October night? How did she get out of her locked bed chamber? And where is she now?

‘The Heiress of Linn Hagh’ is the first in a series of Regency mysteries featuring Detective Stephen Lavender and Constable Edward Woods.

First published as ‘The Missing Heiress.’ (Knox Robinson Publishing (2012.)

I really enjoyed this book, the first in a new series.  The author has created a main character who is whole and rounded, including their personal flaws.

The plot was well laid out and executed.  Yes, I did manage to work out half way through the book who the guilty party was…but the fun of finishing the book, is seeing if you were right, wrong or if they put any last minute twists in the book!

Now to see how book 2 ‘The Sans Pareil Mystery’ Published October 6th 2015 by Thomas & Mercer, shapes up .

4 stars****

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