Death at Dartmoor
The eighth in the series by the husband/wife team of Susan Wittig Albert and William Albert, Death at Dartmoor doesn’t disappoint readers looking for atmosphere, mystery, and history all in one place. It’s 1901, and American Kate Sheridan and her English husband, Lord Charles Sheridan, are in Princetown, home of the infamous Dartmoor Prison. Kate is gathering material for her next novel and meeting up with her photographer friend Patsy Marsden, while Charles implements the new technology of fingerprinting at the prison. They join in a local séance at Thornworthy Castle, the estate of Sir Edgar and Lady Duncan, along with some colorful (and suspicious) local characters and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Soon after, three prison inmates escape, Sir Edgar is murdered, and only Kate, Charles, and Patsy believe there is more to this turn of events than meets they eye. Enlisting the help of Doyle, the amateur detectives ferret out the truth, revealing much about life on the turn of the century moors as well as the more human side of the man who created the greatest detective of the nineteenth century. The solid writing and intriguing subplots will keep readers riveted to this exciting tale.