The Riddle of the Shipwrecked Spinster
Miss Cordelia Stansbury succeeds in setting tongues to wagging twice in a year – first when she snags the ton’s most eligible bachelor, then again when she returns from a year spent shipwrecked on an island. In order to save his family’s name and thus ensure his great-uncle’s financial support, Piers Cranston proposes to her. His estate is being plagued by mysterious vandalism, and he must find out who is behind it or lose everything. A chance meeting with neighbour Miss Mary Westerman results in a blossoming romance, but he soon learns there is more to the lady than she first reveals.
Although the writing is good, the main characters appealing and the setting well depicted, this book didn’t work for me. The main plot does not integrate well with the sub-plots, and it was never clear which mystery was the main one. The pacing is a little uneven, while the narrative and dialogue are not always well balanced. It seemed as though the author wasn’t certain if she was writing a mystery or a romance, so fans of both genres might feel somewhat shortchanged. Still, fans of the Georgian era who enjoy both the mystery and romance genres might want to give it a try.