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.
Even though the owner’s daughter, Agatha Montgomery, mourns his death, 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 to the fates.
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. Still, her instructor in the art of spy craft orders her to stay out of the investigation. But circumstances intervene, dropping her 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.
Author: Erika Vetsch
Series: Thorndyke & Swann Regency
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 304
Date of Publication: September 1, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Both Daniel Swann and Lady Juliette Thorndike are experiencing some difficulties in life. Daniel is a Bow Street Runner yet it seems like his employment will soon have its last day. Meanwhile, Juliette is very concerned for her friend Agatha Montgomery as her father has apparently been shot while he was at work.
Daniel is involved because there was an explosion at the mill where Agatha's father was the owner. Moreso, because the cause of her father's death suggested that the explosion might have been an attempt to hide the murder. As Daniel and Juliette have worked well together in the past, the pair find themselves working together again. Daniel is not part of the ton, yet Juliette is. While she proves instrumental to the case at hand, one thing perplexes them both - their strong attraction to one another despite their different stations in life. Any blooming romance between the too seems forever denied.
Millstone of Doubt makes a second excellent book in this historical regency cozy mystery series. I love Daniel and Juliette together while they solve cases, and with the apparent conflict when it comes to any chance at happiness between them. For the case at hand, there seems to be at least a few suspects, making the pair having a race against time as they try to solve the murder and find out who was responsible for the explosion at the mill. Great intrigue, wonderful characters, a few surprises and a delightful ending make this book thoroughly enjoyable.
Many thanks to Kregel Publications and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).