A Killing Frost

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The fourth book in the award-winning Blue Satan Mystery series begins in the winter of 1715 when the River Thames freezes over and a Frost Fair is erected on the ice. A frozen corpse, leaning against a booth and dressed in expensive coronation robes, turns out to be Sir Walter Tatham, a recent visitor to Hawkhurst House. Lord Harrowby Hawkhurst asks Hester Kean to discover what she can about the baronet’s affairs, but will give no reason for the request—all Hester knows is that the mention of Sir Walter is enough...

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Overview

The fourth book in the award-winning Blue Satan Mystery series begins in the winter of 1715 when the River Thames freezes over and a Frost Fair is erected on the ice. A frozen corpse, leaning against a booth and dressed in expensive coronation robes, turns out to be Sir Walter Tatham, a recent visitor to Hawkhurst House. Lord Harrowby Hawkhurst asks Hester Kean to discover what she can about the baronet’s affairs, but will give no reason for the request—all Hester knows is that the mention of Sir Walter is enough to drive Harrowby into a panic. She enlists the help of her friend, the outlawed Viscount St. Mars, alias Blue Satan, who has a mission all his own, having been asked to help a Jacobite rebel escape Newgate prison. With the greatest frost of a century making the very streets of London treacherous, plus a price on Blue Satan’s head, the two must use all their wiles to corner a clever murderer.

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Publishers Weekly
A frost fair erected on the frozen Thames during the winter of 1715–1716 provides diversion from the bitter cold as well as political turmoil in Wynn's winning fourth Blue Satan mystery (after 2007's The Motive from the Deed). One morning at dawn, a frozen corpse dressed in a coronation suit is discovered leaning against the wall of a wooden booth on the ice. Three days later, the authorities have ascertained that the deceased, Sir Walter Tatham, was "murdered under the most vicious of circumstances." Hester Kean, who was acquainted with the victim and has "a knack for making inquiries," turns for investigative help to her special friend, Viscount St. Mars (aka the Blue Satan, the notorious highwayman). Meanwhile, St. Mars has his own problems assisting the escape of a Jacobite rebel from Newgate prison. Through close attention to authentic period detail, Wynn brings early 18th-century England to life. (July)
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“Wynn builds tension and suspense palpably, taking her characters to the precipice only to turn them away at the last moment leaving the characters disappointed and the readers thrilled. A Killing Frost is not a light, romantic book with the sheen of historical mystery. It is a fascinating historical mystery with an element or romance. It is also one engrossing read.”  —L.J. Roberts, Calamity’s Corner

Library Journal
The fourth entry (after The Motive from the Deed) in this Georgian England series will delight fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935421016
  • Publisher: Pemberley Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Blue Satan Mystery series Series
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Wynn is the author of 14 novels, including The Bumblebroth, which was a finalist for a RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, and the Blue Satan Mystery series, which have been finalists for the Benjamin Franklin, Herodotus, and Writers Digest awards. She lives in Corona del Mar, California.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

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    this series has been a winner with each entry. this series has been a winner with each entry.

    By January 1716, the winter is so cold the Thames has frozen. As is the custom when the river freezes over, a Frost Fair is constructed. However, one early morning, a body garbed in a coronation suit is found against a wood booth. The frozen corpse is Sir Walter Tatham, who officials affirm was brutally murdered.

    Lord Harrowby Hawkhurst had recently been visited by the deceased so he asks Hester Kean, who know the dead man and has solved homicides before (see The Spider's Touch and The Motive from the Deed) to make inquiries into the victim's recent dealings. Though she asks why he is interested, he offers no explanation even as he looks sickly panicked. Hester, in turn, asks her friend, Viscount St. Mars who also earns a living as the highwayman Blue Satan, to assist her. Although he already has a difficult mission to liberate a Jacobite from Newgate, he agrees to join her on the investigation.

    Historical mystery fans will wear mittens and a woolen hat while reading this terrific early Georgian era whodunit as the worst winter in over a century makes it dangerous to be outside. The story line brings to life early eighteenth century London and nearby towns as well as the political enmity that has divided the country during the reign of the first Hanover opposed by supporters of the Stuart "Great Pretender". Since the Birth of the Blue Satan, this series has been a winner with each entry.

    Harriet Klausner

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