The Unforgiving Eye
Set in 1818, The Unforgiving Eye is the sequel to Hidden in the Heart (2006), where the now-married couple of John and Lydia Savidge were first introduced. Back from their honeymoon, they are given three days to discover who killed Sir Benedict Stanbury. The suspects range from his sister-in-law to his niece, Portia, to the stablehand who is her lover, amongst others. We are given hints throughout as to who the murderer is; in the end it is a domestic incident that gives the couple the clue they need to solve the murder, which is a nice touch. There is some good writing, and the portrayal of the young Portia, an over-the-top character, is well done. But the author has been badly served by her editor: servants are referred to with a prefix before their name, dinner is called supper, and at one point a character arrives unexpectedly for no apparent reason. A pleasant read, but not a must-have book.