Nearly as soon as Florence settles in, she
finds the body of one of her young nurses hanging in the library.
While the police deem it to be a suicide, Florence knows,
based on medical evidence, that it is not. There is a murderer
afoot and it will be up to her to find the killer before he
As she interviews her staff, she hears conflicting
stories and it is a puzzle as to who to believe and why. Accidents
happen, and others are injured, including herself. Except
that Florence knows she was attacked, chloroformed and pushed
down the stairs. Someone doesn't like her asking questions
and is sending warning after warning to stop.
I am a casual reader of historical mysteries
and was not sure this one would be my cup of tea. I was surprised
to find myself captivated and intrigued with the characters
and with the plot. The atmospheric setting and the fact that
Florence Nightingale was indeed real were the things that
drew me in completely.