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Murder at Rosamund's Gate
Lucy Campion Mystery #1
Susanna Calkins

Minotaur Books
April 2013/ ISBN 1432826913
Mystery / Historical

Reviewed by Cheryl Green

Lucy Campion is a chambermaid for the Hargrave family.  She wonders why the soldier needed to see her employer, Magistrate Hargrave, so early in the morning.  Going to the market later in the day Lucy finds out that another young woman has been murdered in a nearby field.  It is very scary to think that these murders are happening so close to home.

Lucy is the type of person that will go out of her way to help others- even strangers. She sees another servant being robbed and manages to return the stolen money to her.  In addition, she helps Avery, a crippled former soldier, when he has lost his kitten.  Avery might have even been witness to one of the murders but his mind is addled.  It will be only a matter of time before Lucy gets involved with the murders.  Will she be able to help stop a murderer or become the next victim?

Things to ponder:  Did Adam escort Lucy to the market as a protector or as an excuse to visit with Master Aubrey? What is Bessie hiding?  Who is murdering these women?  Is the embroidered “R” on the handkerchief a clue to the identity? 

No need to take a TARDIS to London in 1665, Susanna Calkins gets you there right from the first paragraph.  The curtains are pulled back and you get a glimpse into the lives of these characters. She paints a picture so vivid that you can practically see, hear and smell what is happening.  It is also very well researched.  This was a quick fun read for me. It was the type of story that was hard to put down – I just had to know what would happen next.  The author had me sitting at the edge of my seat at times - the plot was that exciting.  So if you like a little history with your mystery, then A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate is one book you should read.

Reviewed 2013