Death and Deception: A Victorian Book Club Mystery by Callie Hutton

Death and Deception: A Victorian Book Club Mystery

Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Series: A Victorian Book Club Mystery #4
Publication Date: 12/26/22
Period: Victorian Bath
Number of Pages: 261

What a delightfully witty and entertaining visit with Lord William Wethington and his mystery novelist wife, Lady Amy Wethington! For the further delight and entertainment of the reader, the extended family and friends are all included as well. We find that Amy is well into that stage of pregnancy where you feel like a whale and move about as gracefully, and she’s sharing that wonderful experience with her best friend Eloise, who is also her sister-in-law.

The ever-protective and loving William is doing his best to get Amy to look after herself and not exert herself on so many projects – like continuing to write her mystery novels. He’s just thankful there are no more murders for them to investigate because he knows Amy would be right in the middle of that. Until . . . the midwife who is to attend the delivery for both Amy and Eloise is found floating in the Roman Baths. Amy truly tries to leave it alone, but her natural curiosity, as always, gets the better of her – especially when the two inept police detectives immediately arrest someone for the murder.

Amy frets, so William frets, and they both decide they must investigate if there is going to be any serenity in their lives. When yet another body turns up they have to wonder if the two deaths are related. Neither of the victims was particularly nice people, so there could be any number of people who might wish them harm – but to murder them. . . Who, among their suspects, could be that cold-blooded?

The author does a nice job of making the mystery interesting. There are plenty of red herrings and plenty of suspects to keep you guessing. The story is nicely paced so it keeps you reading without wanting to put it down.

I am a big fan of this series and I always love the mysteries better than the romance – though they MUST have a romance to suit me. With this one, however, the mystery was a really good one and well-written, but my favorite was the personal storyline. If you read the book, you’ll see why. So, I guess you could say this book has it all – a great personal story and a great mystery. What more could you want?

I can definitely recommend this book and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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