Lake, Deryn – DEATH OF A CORNISH FIDDLER

DEATH OF A CORNISH FIDDLER (Historical-England-1700s) – G+
Lake, Deryn – 11th in series
Allison & Busby, 2006- Hardcover

Apothecary John Rawlings, his young daughter Rose and his lady friend Elizabeth de Lorenzi have traveled to Helstone to witness the Furry Dance which dates back to Pagen times. They encounter a wide mix of fellow visitors, an intriguing Gypsy Woman, a blind musician, an irritating child who disappears, a beautiful woman found dead and a coven practicing the dark arts. While John is investigating, the threat widens to include his own daughter.

This is a new author to me and I’m glad to find her. Her depiction of Georgian England is filled with rich details and interesting characters. The pace of the story is a bit slower than I normally care for but not so much that I didn’t read the book straight through. Another small annoyance was the author, a woman, had her character, a man, frequently reference the attractiveness of other men. The story was involving and the suspense subtle. I did enjoy the book very much and have ordered the first two books in the series so I may start at the beginning. I believe fans of historical fiction would find this a treat.

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