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I've been reading and enjoying Ms. Sefton's books since the first of her Knitting Mystery series, Knit One, Kill Two.
This series takes place in 1890's Washington D.C. and centers around Amanda Duncan, a widow, and Devlin Burke. a financier and sleuth.
I particularly like reading historical mysteries and don't try and tell me that the 1940's are historical, I lived those years. It's refreshing to read stories where the characters don't have to worry if their cell phones are charged and aren't waiting for DNA results to come. Ms. Sefton did a wonderful job of setting the time and place of this story.
Amanda Duncan goes to police to tell them about a "vision" she had just had of a brutal murder. The police don't put much credence in her psychic abilities, but soon a call does come in about a murder. Senator Chester has been fatally stabbed and the young "lady of the evening" has been brutally attacked. Amanda works closely with one of the local Catholic churches and has arranged for the severely injured to taken to the convent to recuperate and to protect her safety in case the killer finds out she is alive.
Meanwhile, Devlin in in town to get his nephew, Freddie, out of another financial jam. But before he can accomplish this, Freddie gets into a shouting match in the Capitol Building. After Chester's death and with no alibi, Freddie becomes a the prime suspect.
On an early visit to the police station, he learns about Amanda's vision from the detective on the case, as she is leaving the station. He quickly leaves and introduces himself and suggests that combine their efforts to determine who might have committed this heinous crime.
The book has a wonderful cast of believable characters. Amanda and Devlin's are well developed and people you like to help in their investigation. Amanda's housekeeper, Bridget, is also very entertaining. She rules the house and her mistress, with a strong hand and one can't help to smile and chuckle at her. Hopefully Theodore Roosevelt and his boisterous laugh will be back in future books.
Definitely looking forward to future books in this interesting series.
Amanda Duncan, a wealthy young Washington widow, couldn’t save her own family, but perhaps her visions can help others. Turning her back on Washington society, she deliberately treads where no respectable lady would dare. Her latest vision is most troubling – accompanied by a woman's screams, a man is stabbed to death by a shadowy assailant. Devlin Burke, English investor and sometime sleuth, is in Washington on family business and to rescue his nephew from being charged with Senator Chester's murder. With no alibi, Freddie is the police inspector’s prime suspect. Devlin and Amanda join forces to find the killer. Their search takes them from the Capital’s poshest salons into the crime-infested streets of Murder Bay.
Sefton has a writing style that can't be rushed, but certainly draws the reader into the story. I have a soft spot for cozy mysteries and historicals. Sefton did a wonderful job of keeping me engaged. I love Amanda and Devlin. I hope to see more of this sleuthing couple.