The two are perplexed by the web of secrecy surrounding Hill Court, Sir Charles’s residence in Droitwich, particularly Chilton’s reluctance to allow questioning of staff and his veto on Ravenscroft’s interviewing the child’s fragile mother. And what was going on in the churchyard which caused the governess to leave the girl unattended?
Meanwhile Ravenscroft’s wife Lucy finds a distraught young woman on her doorstep, worried about the whereabouts of her baby. With her husband away in Droitwich, Lucy takes it upon herself to look into the case, which will take her into the nefarious world of baby farming.
Kerry Tombs has put together a classic whodunit, set in Victorian England, and packed with the usual dodgy suspects, quaint characters, and mansions belonging to the rich and titled. What sets The Droitwich Deceivers above the run of the mill in this genre is the lively dialogue, humour and well-paced plotting. Don’t let the tiresomely alliterative titles of the series put you off; if you like a briskly entertaining mystery, Tombs doesn’t put a foot wrong.
Posted by JAM
Catalogue link: The Droitwich Deceivers