Monday, 24 June 2013
The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller
Synopsis from Goodreads.
When Great War veteran Laurence Bartram arrives in Easton Deadall, he is struck by the beauty of the place: a crumbling manor, a venerable church, and a memorial to the village's soldiers, almost all of whom died in one bloody battle.
Now peace prevails, and the rest of England is newly alight with hope, but Easton Deadall remains haunted by tragedy--as does the Easton family. In 1911, five-year-old Kitty disappeared from her bed and has not been seen in thirteen years; only her fragile mother still believes she is alive. While Laurence is a guest of the manor, a young maid vanishes in a sinister echo of Kitty's disappearance. And when a body is discovered in the manor's ancient church, Laurence is drawn into the grounds' forgotten places, where deadly secrets lie in wait.
A gorgeous restoration of the manor-house mystery, "The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton" is sure to entrance literary, historical, and crime fiction readers.
I enjoyed this second book about Laurence Bartram and his amateur detective work. I found it well written but I thought that it could've been condensed a little, that's my only complaint. If you're thinking of reading this book I'd recommend reading The Return of Capt. John Emmett first as some of the characters and the back story is continued in this book.
The story about the disappearance of Kitty Easton is definitely a slow burner but the story is very engaging and it definitely kept me turning the pages to find out what had happened to her. I did notice some similarities between this story and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, which tells the tale about the disappearance and murder of Saville Kent in 1860. The story gives us some great detail about the relationships between the characters and life in the post World War 1 era.
I will definitely be keeping my eye out for a third book in this series.