The “Rather” Series, No 4
New American Library /
September 2011/ ISBN 978-0451234612
Contemporary / Mystery / British
by Linda Morelli
heiress, Penny Nichols and her English husband, barrister Jeremy
Laidley return from their honeymoon, they are greeted by two emissaries
of Prince Charles, who requests their aid in solving a mystery and
hopefully also save Penny’s grandmother’s home from
shady property developers.
Penny and Jeremy
arrive at Grandmother Beryl’s home on the Cornwall coast and
are given a fragment of a document that may confirm Shakespeare
visited the home in 1592. Jeremy sends the document to London for
authentication, while he and Penny search for additional proof Shakespeare
was at the home. They soon find a secret entrance and a diary kept
by her great-aunt Penelope, her grandmother Beryl, and her great
uncle Roland when they were children.
starts them on a journey that takes them to the island of Madeira
and the legendary castle of Tintagel. Along the way Penny and Jeremy
meet a host of eccentric characters – including unsavory ones
who aren't beyond kidnapping.
Remarkable Homecoming was a rather remarkable read. I enjoyed
every page, because the author did a marvelous job of placing the
characters in modern times, yet provided a classic, timeless quality
that harked back to the novels of Agatha Christie’s Tuppence
and Tommy, and Dashell Hammet’s Nick and Nora series. The
main characters were true to life, the secondary characters added
a wonderful dimension to an already great novel, and the settings
were so real I felt I was there.
Though I haven't
read the first three novels in this series, this novel stands alone
as a wonderful and engrossing mystery. I fell in love with Penny
and Jeremy, and the quaint secondary characters. I'm hooked, and
will read the first three novels, while I anxiously await the next
release in the series.