My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the aftermath of the Great War, Kate Shackleton is coping with the loss of her own husband by helping those whose loved ones have disappeared during the conflict. When an acquaintance for her days in the VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) asks for help in locating her missing father, a successful mill owner, Kate takes on the case. But not everyone is as eager for Kate to dig into the lives and secrets of the small Yorkshire village of Bridgestead, and she might just have bitten off more than she can chew.
An interesting cozy mystery with a likeable heroine, and the author captures the nuances of the changing social norms following WWI very well.
Kate is an appealing heroine mainly due to the fact that she epitomizes the type of woman who was no longer willing to stay home and play hostess once the war ended. She is independent, self-sufficient and determined to make a place for herself in the world.
The twists and turns in the investigation into Joshua Braithwaite’s disappearance are intriguing, but the pacing is rather slow and Kate often seems to be running around in circles.
Nicola Barber’s narration of the audiobook is engaging. She has an excellent range of accents and is skilled at both the male and female voices.
Overall, a solid historical mystery with well-developed characters. However, as someone who prefers a bit of romance with her suspense, the lack of a love interest for Kate is disappointing and it is unlikely that I will continue with the series.
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