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The Deathly Portent (A Lady Fan Mystery) Paperback – April 3, 2012
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A few days before the accident, Mrs. Cassie Dale had foreseen the roof falling down on Duggleby and now she has been branded a witch. Cassie is forced to take sanctuary with the Reverend Aidan Kinnerton when she is stoned by some of the local boys. Before long, it is discovered that Duggleby was hit in the head before the roof collapsed, but Cassie is still Witherley's number one suspect. Ottilia is glad to have the excuse of a broken-down carriage to stay and talk to some of the residents of Witherley and find out what really happened. Ottilia was recently able to solve a murder that occurred in Lord Francis's family and she is confident she can solve this one. However, Ottilia doesn't count on the depth of the villagers' superstitions or just how dangerous the investigation will become.
"The Deathly Portent" is a follow-up novel to the wonderful series debut The Gilded Shroud. The first book was one of my favorite books of 2011, so I had high expectations for the sequel. Although The Deathly Portent is a good book, it doesn't live up to the excellence of the first book. Lord and Lady Fan are still delightful in the scenes they share. Their love for each other is still strong and they are happy just to spend time together.Read more ›
This is a lighthearted book, with murder lurking in the background. Ottilia is delightful and Francis is a perfect foil to his wife's unusual interest in murder most foul. They are surrounded by a mixed host of characters who range from the lady of the manor to the landladies of the two village inns who are at loggerheads with one another. Add to this the "witch" accused of being the murderer and the new vicar who is determined to save her and you have a story full of depth and richness set in the times of horse and carriage mode of travel.
A very well written book, I did not come across one typo or grammatical error - a definite bonus when reading as erros can spoil the reader's enjoyment. Well done to Ms Bailey, her editors and publisher.
This is apparently the second book of the "Lady Fan" series. I read the paperback edition and I will certainly go out and buy the first book of the series as this second one is mind grabbing. Want a good read? I recommend "The Deathly Portent".
Better luck with the next book.
Set in the 1800's against a rural English backdrop, the novel opens with the citizens of Witherly chasing Cassie Dale. They call her a witch and blame her for the death of the local blacksmith, Duggleby. Thankfully, the new pastor, Aiden Kinnerton comes to her aid. He's going to need help in solving Duggleby's murder, though. In a stroke of luck - or unfortunate circumstance - Ottila and Francis Fanshawe find themselves stranded when their carriage breaks down. Ottila is a bit of a sleuth and can't help but investigate the circumstances surrounding the blacksmith's death, especially when she discovers the fire which destroyed the smitty was set deliberately to hide the blow on the head that killed him.
Bailey's writing is lush and vivid, striking to the heart of the setting by enveloping the reader into the story with authentic dialogue and rich narrative. I felt like a serving girl at the Pakefield's establishment, the Blue Pig, watching as Ottila investigated Duggleby's death. The pacing takes its time as it introduces the colorful citizens of Witherly and slowly uncovers the clues behind the murder. What makes the wait entertaining is the rich characterization.
The Fanshawes are a delight! Ottila and Francis compliment each other well. Lady Fan is a force to be reckoned with. She's determined, focused, and courageous - which gets her in trouble when danger arises.Read more ›
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We buy so many books that our standard for keeping any book, whether hard copy or digital, are very high. This was a pleasant read, but not an especially great one. Read morePublished 20 months ago by JKom
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This second book is a bit more believable than the first, but still seems unrealistic to have Lady Fan given such authority to investigate murders where she has no history or... Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by cat lady 4
This is a book that combines a mystery with a romance set in Regency England. The author understands the period she writes about, but what made it most enjoyable for me were the... Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Deb Guay
Ottilia(Tillie) and her husband Sir Francis after visiting Ottilia's not so pleasant mentor, are stuck in the village Witherley because the axletree of the carriage was broken. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Silvana