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The Burning Issue of the Day: 5 Paperback – 15 May 2019
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January 1910. A journalist has been killed in a suspicious blaze. Everything points to a group of suffragettes, but the apparent culprit insists she is innocent.
When Lady Hardcastle receives a letter from a suffragette requesting her urgent help, the retired spy turned sleuth knows only she stands between an accused young woman and the gallows. Evidence at the scene makes Lizzie Worrel’s innocence difficult to believe, and with the police treating it as an open-and-shut case of arson, Lady Hardcastle faces a barrage of resistance as she tries to dig out the truth.
With her trusted maid and confidante, the formidable Flo, Lady Hardcastle sets off in pursuit of the truth as time runs out for the accused suffragette. Was she set up? And if so, is the real culprit a traitor to the cause―or part of a darker conspiracy?
About the Author
T E Kinsey grew up in London and read history at Bristol University. He worked for a number of years as a magazine features writer before falling into the glamorous world of the Internet, where he edited content for a very famous entertainment website for quite a few years more. After helping to raise three children, learning to scuba dive and to play the drums and the mandolin (though never, disappointingly, all at the same time), he decided the time was right to get back to writing. The Burning Issue of the Day is the fifth story in a series of mysteries starring Lady Hardcastle.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (15 May 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 315 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542041155
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542041157
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 123,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love the old fashioned descriptions of life in the early 1900s - taking tea at all hours, quaint language that has now been forgotten - a lovely intriguing murder mystery etc. I highly recommend this story- you cannot help but love it.
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My only problem with all of these books is that I read them too quickly and then have weeks and months of mediocre reads until I find something else of the same standard.
I look forward to the next Lady Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong adventure.
The characters have developed nicely by this book, and the main ones are quite believable, especially knowing something if the period. Some characters are rather flat, but their roles are to pad out the storyline. Unfortunately though, there is still a hint of "cor blimey govna" in the more stilted conversations.
This story is more tied to the period than previous ones. It was a time when more and more women were breaking the mould, and several of the female characters show this well.
The storyline is well crafted. It's not great literature, but there is more than a nod to The Golden Age of the Whodunit, which makes it more entertaining for me, as these are my favourites. The previous stories have been cosy mysteries, but this one branches out from small village to large city. The storyline held my attention, and although I worked it out well before the big reveal, I enjoyed wading through the clues, and the red herrings, to work out whodunit.
There are parts where I felt the author might have been annoyed with themselves because they had planted so many clues. They had, in some parts, left themselves so little to say, that key threads of the story drifted off instead of being the "aha!" moment that they should have been.
Overall, this well deserves 5* because it is good entertainment, has an interesting backstory, some well written characterisations, and a storyline that manages to stay just the right side of implausible.
I recommend it for some light reading for a couple of evenings. I like to alternate between fiction and nonfiction, and this has been a pleasant alternative to the rather heavy book I read prior to it.