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Book description -
The sun is shining, Ballater is full of wealthy visitors, and Mrs. Kynoch’s school for young ladies is flourishing - until one pupil, the daughter of a slave-owner, vanishes. Has she eloped with a rich man, or is something more sinister afoot? Hippolyta Napier needs to know, before a vulnerable local man is accused of something he could not have done.
My review -
Once again Hippolyta can’t stop herself from investigating strange happenings in Ballater. New pupils appear at her friend’s school for young ladies, arriving from Tobago. Other newcomers appear at the nearby spa, increasing her acquaintance. Each book in this series makes me feel I’m back with a gossipy friend. I love the domestic details: the problems with servants, the tea parties. In this volume, concerns are voiced about emancipation in the West Indian sugar plantations. There are topics great and small, and Hippolyta and her husband Patrick, the local doctor, are in the midst of it all. A great murder mystery within a slice of Scottish history. Not to be missed.
Lexie Conyngham is a historian living in the shadow of the Highlands. Her Murray of Letho novels are born of a life amidst Scotland’s old cities, ancient universities and hidden-away aristocratic estates, but she has written since the day she found out that people were allowed to do such a thing. Beyond teaching and research, her days are spent with wool, wild allotments and a wee bit of whisky.
Just a thought - There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.