Top positive review
Reviewed in Australia on 22 February 2020
This is a murder and daring robbery mystery set in 1910 Bristol. In style it’s reminiscent of Agatha Christie and Marjorie Allingham (who was a favourite of J K Rowling). Lady Hardcastle and her diminutive Welsh sidekick Florence Armstrong (who narrates) bicker aimiably and often wittily, while solving the problem, which involves suffragettes. While the plot itself requires a certain suspension of disbelief, everything else is a delight: the surrounding history of the time, the social attitudes prevailing, the stuff about new-fangled cars, ciphers, food and so on, is spot on, as you’d expect from an author trained in history. An agreeable way to spend a few hours. I’ll be reading more.