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The Vital Principle: Featuring Knighton Gaunt and Prudence Barnard, 1819 (A Second Sons Inquiry Agency Regency Mystery) Kindle Edition

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The Vital Principle is an amazing book, with strong characters and a very clever plot, full of witty remarks, cute, romantic, funny but also full of mistery. I look forward to reading more of Pru Barnard and Knighton Gaunt, although I'm adding the other "Second Sons Inquiry Agency" books to my wishlist (my very long wishlist), for when I'm actually able to buy books (my mom and my boyfriend say I will only be allowed to buy when I have under 4 on my TBR pile, so that may take a while). Read it, you won't regret it. --The Brazilian Bookworm

About the Author

Amy Corwin is a member of Mystery Writers of America and a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She has been writing since 2004 and recently left a career as an enterprise computer systems administrator to write full time. Her books include Regency historicals, paranormal romances, and mysteries. To be truthful, most of her books include a bit of murder and mayhem since she discovered that killing off at least one character is a highly effective way to make the remaining ones toe the plot line.

Join her and discover that every good mystery has a touch of romance.

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  • File Size: 1010 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fireside Mysteries; 2.0 edition (February 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OR1GQ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amy Corwin is a member of Mystery Writers of America and a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She has been writing for a number of years and recently retired from a career as an enterprise systems administrator in the computer industry to write full time. She writes mysteries, sweet Regency romances, and paranormal romances. To be truthful, most of her books include a bit of murder and mayhem since she discovered that killing off at least one character is a highly effective way of encouraging the remaining ones to toe the plot line.

In her spare time she cooks, gardens and has won several awards at local rose shows for her Old Garden and English roses. She is also a birdwatcher and generally fascinated with nature, having gotten her first Peterson's Field Guide when she was six years old.

Join her and discover that every good mystery has a touch of romance.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Su Co on March 26, 2011
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I loved the dialog. It introduced me to a whole new vocabulary of delightful old British words. Luckily my Kindle 3 has both the New Oxford American Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary, so I made the latter my default and had the added fun of discovering nuances I might have otherwise missed. The two main characters were people I would like to hang out with and the baddies were really bad so you could root for their defeat. I hope the characters Knighton Gaunt and Prudence Barnard show up in future books by this author.

It was refreshing that the author didn't feel the need to pepper the story with ugly language or graphic sex and violence when the few references to sex and violence were just enough to develop motives and move the plot along.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Clemmons on February 25, 2011
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Pru Bransford is suspected of murdering a truly awful man, Lord Crowley. No worries, though, because she keeps her head and wins the admiration of the man hired by Lord Crowley to prove her a fraud. This book reminds me of Amanda Quick's writing, which I adore. Do yourself a favor and buy this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By gaywinglass on June 25, 2011
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Everyone has Secrets and Pru Barnard is no exception. But is she a charlaton? Or worse? A muderer?

With no family and no inheritance, Pru Barnard must find a way to support herself and her maid without working or she will be unable to maintain the lifestyle to which she is accustomed. So, she becomes a professional guest, entertaining her hosts/hostesses by contacting the spirit world.

Knighton Gaunt was once a member of the ton, but as a second son, he's no lord and he chooses not to live off the generosity of his older brother. But when he opens his own inquiry agency, he's no longer accepted as a guest in the finer homes.

The story opens with Pru holding a séance at the home of Lady Crowley. Her son, Lord Crowley has invited Knighton to prove Pru is a charlaton, but when Lord Crowely is murdered, Knighton suspects Pru of much worse. But Knighton soon learns that everyone attending the séance that night had a possible motive for murder, even Lord Crowley's mother. And Pru just might have some psychic abilities after all.

As Knight searches for the truth, Pru tries desperately to prove her innocence. The motivations are believable and the dialouge witty. Ms. Corwin also does a superb job weaving in the character's backsoty and romantic tension between Knighton and Pru that make me wish to read more about these two.

I can't say I was completely surprised by the ending, but I was MORE than satisfied! Unlike some mystery writers, Ms. Corwin did not try to "surprise" the reader by blaming the murder on some obscure character and then divulging the motive at the very end, making it impossible for the reader to guess correctly. The clues are sprinkled through out the story so the reader can "solve" the case along with Knighton and Pru. And I love being able to solve the mystery...and be right. lol!

Well done, Ms. Corwin. I'm looking forward to reading all the books featured in this series.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MomBlogger on March 23, 2011
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My Review:

Pru Bransford is suspected of murder by the inquiry agent hired to reveal her as a fraud. Even when falsely accussed of murder; Pru Bransford keeps her head, remains calm, and eventually her innocence is proven. An interesting mystery from beginning to end.

Amy Corwin's writing style flows easily and keeps the reader interested, and continually guessing "what comes next." In each chapter, the tension mounts between the different characters involved, and continues throughout the book. The suspense grows gradually, and builds until the final chapters where the murder is finally revealed and apprehended.

Even after the mystery is solved, the story continues. I love a good story where the ending is just as good as the beginning, and Amy Corwin delivers. A great novel for mystery buffs. As for the "christian fiction" genre; There seems to be an underlying note that inquiry agent Knighton Gaunt believes in God, but it is understated. Gaunt quotes in Chapter five that "there is only one truth."

Though the language is clean, and this book is readable for most of my followers; I would recommend this for 13+ due to some of the more adult-oriented content of the story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jutzie on April 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Vital Principle by Amy Corwin
Second Sons Inquiry Agency Book 1
Prudence Barnard has nowhere to call home. When her father was alive they were invited to homes so he could investigate hauntings. Now that he's gone, she gets invited to try and speak to the dead. Instead of her scientific studies, she is considered entertainment for the bon ton. As a guest at Rosecrest, her entertainment suddenly puts her in the position of a prime suspect for murder.

Knighton Gaunt is a second son who didn't feel called to the church, but he does like the truth. His older brother, a baron, is displeased to have his brother as an inquiry agent, stirring up the truth among the realm. Too bad, it's what Knighton wants to do with his life. When called to find out if Miss Barnard is a fraud, he finds himself deep into a murder mystery. His client died in the same room as him. Not good on all fronts.

There is a touch of romance in this book and it is a great murder mystery. It seems every guest has a secret and a reason they might want to do away with Lord Crowley. It kept me guessing all the way through the book. Book two in this series is called A Rose Before Dying.
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