A Tincture of Murder (A Lord Danvers Mystery)

A Tincture of Murder (A Lord Danvers Mystery)

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by Donna Fletcher Crow

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Lord and Lady Danvers—everyone’s favorite Victorian sleuths— accept an extraordinary new challenge that combines murder, madness, and a famed 19th century murder trial that British and American lawyers still talk about today.

The case begins when several of the destitute women who took…  See more details below



Lord and Lady Danvers—everyone’s favorite Victorian sleuths— accept an extraordinary new challenge that combines murder, madness, and a famed 19th century murder trial that British and American lawyers still talk about today.

The case begins when several of the destitute women who took refuge at The Magdalen House—an “Asylum for Poor, Degraded Females”—die under mysterious circumstances.

The Magdalen House—located in a notorious slum of the City of York—was established by Frederick Danvers, Lord Charles’s younger brother, who shocked the family by taking Holy Orders, and then by choosing to live near his church in one of the poorest neighborhoods in England.

But the cleric’s saintly works may come to a scandalous end when news of the women’s deaths spreads. The young Danvers is in trouble and Danvers family honor is at stake.

At first, Lord Danvers is reluctant to get involved in a criminal matter that seems so sordid. But when a devastating fire ravages Norwood Park, the Danver’s ancestral home, Charles and Antonia are forced to seek temporary residence elsewhere. Freddie’s plea for assistance includes an invitation to stay at elegant Wandseley Hall. Charles reconsiders—and soon finds himself struggling to answer two overarching questions: Are the unexplained deaths the result of natural causes? Or is an insane poisoner at large in York—perhaps a madman among Charles and Antonia’s own acquaintances?

While Charles investigates, Lady Antonia is drawn into helping feed the impoverished women and children living in the asylum.

And death is closer to home than anyone suspected. Was a servant’s untimely death an accident as first believed? Or something more sinister? And who set the fire that nearly destroyed Norwood Park?

"A Tincture of Murder" is the fourth Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime Mystery—a riveting thriller built around actual events. Along with the entire city of York, Charles and Antonia are swept into the incredible disclosures at the trial of William Dove. The legal principles that were debated during the case still affect contemporary murder trials a century and a half later.

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The Lord Danvers Mysteries , #4
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A Tincture of Murder (A Lord Danvers Mystery) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
This was Donna Fletcher Crows fourth Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime Mystery. I found it interesting and well written. Ms. Crow did a lot of research and there was much detail as to how things were at the time this case took place. I found the book invigorating which made me want to know who the murderer was and why they were doing it. I personally was surprised by who and why they committed the crime. Believe me it was the last person you would suspect. You will ask yourself, what do a fire , deaths of a maid and poor women at Magdalen House, and a soup kitchen have in common. You will find out what at the very end of this must read book. I know it had me wanting to read more. Rating: 5 Heat Rating: Sweet Reveiwed By: Susan Faatz,My Book Addiction Reviews
Joylk More than 1 year ago
When you pick up a period mystery you do so because you want to experience all that period has to offer. Donna Fletcher Crow delivers  on that expected promise, weaving details about clothing, decorative style, and odors - so many odors! Add taste and touch, and you have an idea of how thorough this author is when it comes to her ability to weave the threads of the mystery together. She writes with such attention to detail that you're constantly analyzing new evidence and never certain that you're on the right track. The surprise ending  is truly that. Several times while reading I experienced the sensation that I was getting a bonus. Most authors do well to tie up all the loose ends,  or remember to weave plot elements together so that there are little clues along the way. Mrs. Crow has the heart of a teacher, imparting knowledge in such a way that it becomes a natural part of the life of the novel; at the same time, leaving the reader wanting more. I gave it five stars because of the intricacy of the storytelling, and the fact that this is a mystery that makes you think even after you've read the last word.
Xmiler1 More than 1 year ago
In the mid-nineteenth century, a fire that destroys the east wing of their manor drives Lord Danvers and his wife Tonia to make a long-postponed visit to Danvers’ younger brother, Frederick, in York. Frederick has made a plea for Danvers’ help with an unspecified problem, and Danvers assumes the young clergyman has gotten into some kind of scrape. Far from that, though, the problem turns out to be Frederick’s asylum in the midst of York’s slums, where he and his staff provide meals and medical attention to expectant women of the streets. Frederick is worried about several suspicious deaths among his patients in which he suspects poisoning. One visit to the asylum leads Danvers and Tonia to serve there as volunteers, and another suspicious death leads Danvers to check the various tonics the attendants administer. His initial findings are inconclusive, but he perseveres. Concurrently, Danvers and Tonia observe the historical trial of William Dove for poisoning his wife, and Tonia takes an interest in the placement of a slum family’s children in a school that is supposed to teach them letters and a trade. Her interest arouses her suspicions that the children are being mistreated—or worse. Both investigations lead through a tangle of contradictory facts to a climactic discovery of true horrors. Donna Fletcher Crow brings to this mystery detailed research into actual crimes of the nineteenth century and combines her Dickensian subject matter with a polished writing style reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. She effectively captures the speech and mannerisms of the period, and she never lapses into the modern attitudes and expressions that mar so many of today’s historical novels. The result is a delightful period-piece mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the final pages.
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