Millstone of Doubt by Erica Vetsch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Caught in the explosion of the Hammersmith Mill in London, Bow Street runner Daniel Swann rushes to help any survivors only to find the mill's owner dead of an apparent gunshot--but no sign of the killer.
Even though the owner's daughter, Agatha Montgomery, mourns his death, she may be the only one. It seems there are more than a few people with motive for murder. But Daniel can't take this investigation slow and steady. Instead, he must dig through all the suspects as quickly as he can because the clock is ticking until his mysterious patronage--and his job as a runner--comes to an abrupt and painful end. It seems to Daniel that, like his earthly father, his heavenly Father has abandoned him.
Lady Juliette Thorndike is Agatha's bosom friend and has the inside knowledge of the wealthy London ton to be invaluable to Daniel. She should be in a perfect position to help with the case. But when her trusted instructor in the art of spy craft orders her to stay out of the investigation, Lady Juliette obeys. That is, until circumstances intervene, and she drops right into the middle of the deadly pursuit.
When a dreadful accident ends in another death on the mill floor, Daniel discovers a connection to his murder case--and to his own secret past. Now he and Juliette are in a race to find the killer before his time runs out.
Lady Juliette Thorndike was born into a family of spies for the crown. Her uncle is her mentor and superior in the art of deception. Juliette is pulled into a case when her dearest friend's father is murdered. Her sidekick and love interest, Daniel Swann, is trying to unravel the clues and find the murderer. There are many suspects and I loved traveling with the characters, trying to figure out who the villain was. The suspects range from Luddites, and con artists, up to members of the aristocracy. The story is non-stop action from the first to the last page.
This story "keeps you on your toes" and turning pages. I am very grateful for the opportunity to read this book.
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.