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The Poisonous Seed: A Frances Doughty Mystery (The Frances Doughty Mysteries) Paperback – May 1, 2012
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"Her adventures as a detective, and the slowly unraveling evidence of multiple crimes in a murky Victorian setting, make for a gripping read." — The Historical Novels Review
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Percival Garton is a respected local businessman and the police are convinced that the poison got into the medicine during its preparation. In order to restore her father's good name and preserve her own future livelihood Frances sets about investigating the case. She is convinced the victim was murdered. With painstaking attention to details, Frances sets about her task but further upheavals are in store for her before she can work out what has happened and where the truth lies.
I really enjoyed this low key mystery which brings Victorian London vividly to life. I liked Frances as a character and could share her frustration at the way society confined her to certain roles. I thought the book was well written in a low key style with a very well researched background. The details about medicine at the time made fascinating reading. I thought all the characters were well drawn and convincing and I especially liked the servants who are often overlooked in historical novels. This is the first book in a series and I look forward to reading the next one.
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Easy to read, well enough written. Not great literature but then it's not aiming to be. Makes you think about women's position in society then versus now which is no bad thing.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am a 30-year-old who has good vision, and has never needed to use glasses to read a book. I read multiple books a week. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Publishing Professional