Merula has hatched
a rare, exotic, and large butterfly. She is thrilled when
she and Uncle Rupert attend a zoological lecture. Attendants
do not believe that the butterfly is real and that its glass
case contained something with only the illusion of life. Once
the butterfly emerges from the case it lands on the arm of
the guest of honor Lady Sophia, and she promptly dies.
Uncle Rupert is
arrested for murder and Merula sets out to prove his innocence.
She has help along the way from Lord Raven Royston, the same
man who had encouraged the release of the butterfly from the
case. If Uncle Rupert didn’t kill Lady Sophie, and we
know he did not, who did? How will a young woman and a mysterious
Lord find the truth without the murderer coming after them
This is an intriguing
series debut featuring characters whom the reader won’t
soon forget. The setting of Victorian England is something
I find I enjoy more and more, and I was delighted to be given
the opportunity to read and review this book.
There are times
when I am inclined to think that history shows us much slower
and not as busy lifestyles. The details and the intricacy
of maintaining one’s place in proper society prove me
wrong. Things were just as hurried and quite busy, but in
a manner different from modern society.
This is an August
release so would make for good late summer reading, or to
kick off the fall with an engaging and informative story that
will keep you reading for hours on end. Highly recommended!