From the back of the book: Together they solved the murders at the Countess of Warwick's weekend house.....and together they fell in love. Now newlyweds Charles and Kate Sheridan have moved into Kate's ancestral Georgian home Bishop's Keep, where Kate plans to devote herself to her writing and Charles to the responsibilities of the landed gentry. He agrees to host an automobile exhibition and balloon race at Bishop's Keep attended by Europe's foremost investors, among them the young Mr Charles Rolls and Henry Royce.
But speed, competition, and money prove to be more explosive than gasoline---and for one automobile builder, more deadly....
Sir Charles Sheridan is a renowned photographer, amateur scientist, and a skilled detective. Kate Ardleigh is his Irish-American wife and a writer of crime fiction. Together, they are unraveling Victorian England's most intriguing and unusual mysteries.....
You know I love my cozies however I can get them. So long as they are well written, I don't care what they are about or what time they are set.
I especially like when I get to 'meet' people of history. Like this one where Charles Rolls and Henry Royce are side characters (and might be murder suspects).
The book is set in a time of change. Automobiles are making a showing and life rather miserable for the people who don't necessarily want change. All the people who own stables, feedstores, blacksmiths, wagon and carriage makers..you get the idea. There are plenty of folk who like it quiet and the automobiles are loud and the drivers race about at over 15 mph!
Plenty of suspects to study, lots of history to watch unfold. A highly enjoyable mystery.
I've wanted to read this series by the writing team of Susan Wittig Albert and her husband Bill Fourth, for some time. One of my friends sent this one to me and it has whetted my appetite for more...which are on the way from one of my favorite online used booksellers. I plan on starting at the beginning if possible.
Four Victorian beans.....