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- Publisher: Anne Cleeland (May 8, 2019)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07RP4F6ZD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Death in Sheffield Kindle Edition
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I know I can settle in immediately for either a terrific Scotland Yard mystery (Acton and Doyle) or an equally enjoyable historical adventure such as A Death in Sheffield.
I love the historical detail Cleeland uses in her various historical books. Taking place between Napoleon’s exile to Elba and his subsequent escape, the books are set in such disparate places as England, Egypt, Bengal and Algiers.
A Death in Sheffield takes place in England during that time period; devoted readers of Cleeland's historical books will recognize several characters from her other historicals. This is the story of feisty seventeen year old Artemis Merryfield who was raised to follow the drum during the Napoleonic Wars.
When her adoptive father dies, Artemis is sent to Sheffield England, shortly thereafter becoming the putative heiress of silver mines following the mysterious disappearance of her mad great-uncle. Various unpleasant relatives pop out of the woodwork to take charge of Artemis and to their minds, her silver mines.
Artemis is removed to London by said relatives; becoming the center of various plots involving forced marriage, elopements, mistresses, treason, murder, espionage, and counterfeiting. A bit much for a seventeen year old girl who knows more about war strategy than she knows about English society. Although the one could certainly help navigate the other.
Artemis falls in love at first sight with an English peer, Lord Droughm. It seems to be mutual, but there is a distinct lack of trust between the two. I was happy to see the romance steamier than usually found in Cleeland's books. I'm sorry to say I have usually found Cleeland's sex scenes in all her books to be too straitlaced for their particular circumstances. Or maybe it is the particulars that are missing. There I said it.
Cleeland does an outstanding job weaving together the various threads into an exciting story that twists and turns, but always makes sense. Have I mentioned how much I love the historical detail?
I bought this book within minutes of it's release. I have been waiting months to read the complete book as she serialized the first 25 chapters on her website. I was richly rewarded.
Their love story was refreshing and super romantic. Loved that Lord Droughm knew at first sight that Artemis was the one for him, even when he was so much older while she was just turned seventeen. He sure knew how to court her! What I loved best was seeing Artemis in her natural elements navigating her new life filled with lies, deceit, and murderous opponents. Yes! Lots of heart-pounding action! And she triumphed!