GoodReads Summary – New maid Dorcy Edwards flees the scene of where her employer’s body is found. His murder sparks a chain of macabre events. Cloistered on a remote island with five strangers, including Gareth Davenport, her late employer’s brooding, but darkly handsome heir, Dorcy encounters baffling questions with what she fears may be terrifying answers. Who cut the telegraph lines? Who left a mutilated animal carcass outside her bedroom door? What is the reason for Gareth’s black gloves and eye patch? Can he be “Jack the Ripper”, the madman suspected to be Mr. Davenport’s killer? Dorcy must solve the mystery, and soon, or her growing attraction for Gareth could be her very death sentence.
(I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.)
Old school mystery
This is a very short but entertaining listen. It doesn’t feel as if the length of it affected it in any negative way. Everything is here…mystery, murder, romance, family issues, skeletons in the closet.
It is a blend of romance and mystery. Neither overshadows the other. You just aren’t sure about Gareth. While Dorcy wears her personality on her sleeve from the very first pages, Gareth comes across as the mysterious stranger, mainly because, that’s who he is at the beginning. Part of the mystery is unraveling all that is Gareth.
Solid characterization, smooth narration, and a spooky house on a tiny island make for a pleasant afternoon. The storyline didn’t blow me away. This is more of a cozy mystery than I usually go for. But I’m glad I didn’t pass this up. I enjoyed getting stuck on the island with the snobby family characters and the soft spoken lower class characters. (Even though, from the reading of the will, you totally know it’s going to happen.)