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Posted April 12, 2013
The Vital Principle by Amy Corwin
A Second Sons Mystery Book 1
Prudence Barnard has nowhere to call home. When her father was alive they were invited to homes so he could investigate hauntings. Now that he's gone, she gets invited to try and speak to the dead. Instead of her scientific studies, she is considered entertainment for the bon ton. As a guest at Rosecrest, her entertainment suddenly puts her in the position of a prime suspect for murder.
Knighton Gaunt is a second son who didn't feel called to the church, but he does like the truth. His older brother, a baron, is displeased to have his brother as an inquiry agent, stirring up the truth among the realm. Too bad, it's what Knighton wants to do with his life. When called to find out if Miss Barnard is a fraud, he finds himself deep into a murder mystery. His client died in the same room as him. Not good on all fronts.
There is a touch of romance in this book and it is a great murder mystery. It seems every guest has a secret and a reason they might want to do away with Lord Crowley. It kept me guessing all the way through the book. Book two in this series is called A Rose Before Dying.
Posted June 29, 2011
Everyone has secrets. Pru Barnard is a professional guest who entertains her hosts by contacting earthbound spirits. Knighton Gaunt is an inquiry agent hired by the son of Pru's host to prove she's a fraud. But when Lord Crowley dies, Knighton wonders if Pru might be the killer.
The Vital Principal is a smart, witty Regency who-done-it with a dash of romance. The mystery is solved in a logical and entertaining manner and there are enough suspects with believable motives to keep the reader guessing until the end.
I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author.
Posted March 23, 2011
Pru Bransford is suspected of murder by the inquiry agent hired to reveal her as a fraud. Even when falsely accussed of murder; Pru Bransford keeps her head, remains calm, and eventually her innocence is proven. An interesting mystery from beginning to end.
Amy Corwin's writing style flows easily and keeps the reader interested, and continually guessing "what comes next." In each chapter, the tension mounts between the different characters involved, and continues throughout the book. The suspense grows gradually, and builds until the final chapters where the murder is finally revealed and apprehended.
Even after the mystery is solved, the story continues. I love a good story where the ending is just as good as the beginning, and Amy Corwin delivers. A great novel for mystery buffs. As for the "christian fiction" genre;tThere seems to be an underlying note that inquiry agent Knighton Gaunt believes in God, but it is understated. Gaunt quotes in Chapter five that "there is only one truth."
Though the language is clean, and this book is readable for most of my followers; I would recommend this for 13+ due to some of the more adult-oriented content of the story.