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Best mystery I've read in years | Bonus because it's set in England in 1809
on December 27, 2015
I rarely award a 5-star book review -- reserving those for the best of the best, amazing books that truly move me or the occasional gem that makes it to my list of all-time favorites like Atlas Shrugged or To Kill a Mockingbird. While The Heiress of Linn Hagh (and the 2nd book, The Sans Pareil Mystery) don't quite hit those thresholds, they both deserve 5 stars in their own right. Charlton wrote not one excellent mystery, but two. They are, by far, among the top 5 mysteries I've read in the past few years, and I hihgly recommend them to anyone who enjoys mystery books. When I purchased this one, I expected it to be a fairly predictable, simple mystery (not sure why, but that was my expectation). To my pleasant surprise, it pulled me in and kept me reading late into the night. Both novels are intriguing, engaging and feature a surprising number of plot twists. This case, in particular, has one piece that makes it seem impossible to solve (how did the heiress get out of her locked tower bedroom?) The characters are intelligent and likable. Anyone who likes mysteries should read both of these books. I can't wait to read more from this author!