An Appetite for Murder: A Frances Doughty Mystery 4 (Frances Doughty Mysteries)

Written by Linda Stratmann
Review by Fenella Miller

This is a book in the Frances Doughty mysteries, featuring Miss Doughty, a lady detective, and takes place in Victorian Bayswater in London. Miss Doughty is asked to discover the person who is writing a series of libellous letters relating to the death of an overweight man,. Thomas Whibley. Hubert Sweetman, recently released from prison, also requires her help to find the whereabouts of his wife and children. When Sweetman is arrested for his wife’s murder, Miss Doughty is determined to prove his innocence as well is solve several more problems involved in this mystery.

This book is impeccably researched, the language is authentic and the Victorian setting excellent. However, for me, the book lacks pace and relies too heavily on coincidence. The author has a tendency to tell the reader what is taking place, rather than show what’s happening through dialogue or action. This is a book for those who like a slow-paced, but well-written historical novel. Unfortunately it is not one that I’d recommend for anyone who enjoys a page-turning thriller.