Millstone of Doubt – Review

by Erica Vetsch

Publisher : Kregel Publications (September 20, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 304 pages
ISBN-10 : 0825447143
ISBN-13 : 978-0825447143

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Caught in the explosion of the Hammersmith Mill in London, Bow Street runner Daniel Swann rushes to help any survivors only to find the mill’s owner dead of an apparent gunshot–but no sign of the killer.

Even though the owner’s daughter, Agatha Montgomery, mourns his death, she may be the only one. It seems there are more than a few people with motive for murder. But Daniel can’t take this investigation slow and steady. Instead, he must dig through all the suspects as quickly as he can, because the clock is ticking until his mysterious patronage–and his job as a runner–comes to an abrupt and painful end. It seems to Daniel that, like his earthly father, his heavenly Father has abandoned him.

Lady Juliette Thorndike is Agatha’s bosom friend and has the inside knowledge of the wealthy London ton to be invaluable to Daniel. She should be in a perfect position to help with the case. But when her trusted instructor in the art of spy craft orders her to stay out of the investigation, Lady Juliette obeys. That is, until circumstances intervene, and she drops right into the middle of the deadly pursuit.

When a dreadful accident ends in another death on the mill floor, Daniel discovers a connection to his murder case–and to his own secret past. Now he and Juliette are in a race to find the killer before his time runs out.

Millstone of Doubt brings back Bow Street runner Daniel Swann and Lady Juliette Thorndike as they investigate an explosion at the Hammersmith Mill.

This book continues with the genre of Sherlock Holmes meets Jane Austen with more mystery than romance. I highly suggest you read the first book in the series before this one.

The mystery in this book held my interest the entire time, and I love how there were so many layers of the onion to peel back. It was never obvious what would happen. I have also enjoyed following the characters, even the side ones.

I don’t usually think of turning books into TV shows, but I think this series would make an amazing TV show. It has all the elements you need with mystery, gripping drama, and lovable characters. I would totally binge watch it. I can’t wait for the next book!

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