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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical
Rowland’s vision of Charlotte Brontë is a woman who is spunky, fearless and not above a little emotional blackmail to get her way. The mystery itself is, in the best Victorian tradition, larded with coincidences that eventually become rather hard to swallow, and astute readers will have no problem figuring out whodunit. Everything moves along at a good pace though, the period details are accurate and the secondary historical figures, especially Queen Victoria, are good fun.
Having not heard from spy and true love John Slade for three years, Charlotte Brontë is trying to move on with her writing and is looking for inspiration when she tours the notorious Bedlam psychiatric hospital. While there she sees a patient she is convinced is the presumed-dead Slade. Charlotte’s search for answers about Slade leads her on a cross-continent chase after a madman, in order to once again save the British Empire. (OVERLOOK, Jun., 352 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Donna M. Carter
Published: June 2010