The Vital Principle [NOOK Book]

Overview

In 1815, an inquiry agent, Mr. Knighton Gaunt, is asked by Lord Crowley to attend a séance with the express purpose of revealing the spiritualist as a fraud. When the séance ends abruptly, Lord Crowley is poisoned during the turmoil by an unseen killer.
Gaunt is now left to investigate not only fraud, but murder. Suspicion turns first to the spiritualist, Miss Prudence Barnard, but as Gaunt digs deeper into the twisted history of the guests at Rosecrest, he discovers more deadly...

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The Vital Principle

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Overview

In 1815, an inquiry agent, Mr. Knighton Gaunt, is asked by Lord Crowley to attend a séance with the express purpose of revealing the spiritualist as a fraud. When the séance ends abruptly, Lord Crowley is poisoned during the turmoil by an unseen killer.
Gaunt is now left to investigate not only fraud, but murder. Suspicion turns first to the spiritualist, Miss Prudence Barnard, but as Gaunt digs deeper into the twisted history of the guests at Rosecrest, he discovers more deadly secrets. Inevitably, long-time friends turn against one another as the tension mounts, and Gaunt is challenged time and time again to separate fact from fiction before another death at Rosecrest.

The Vital Principle is the first mystery in the Second Sons Inquiry Agency series and features coolly intellectual Mr. Knighton Gaunt, the agency’s founder. This witty, historical whodunit in the tradition of Bruce Alexander’s Blind Justice, will keep you guessing until the unexpected end.

“Murder, mystery, and a dash of romance combined with witty dialogue and unforgettable characters make The Vital Principle a book that will definitely go on my keeper shelf!” Lilly Gayle, author of Into the Darkness and Slightly Tarnished.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011221071
  • Publisher: Amy Corwin
  • Publication date: 2/21/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 698,438
  • File size: 365 KB

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Amy Corwin is an insatiable reader and writer. She joined the Romance Writers of America at its inception and Mystery Writers of America after her first hardcover mystery, Whacked! was published. She writes Regencies, paranormal romances, and mysteries, although to be truthful, most of her books include a bit of murder and mayhem since she discovered that killing off at least one character is a highly effective way to make the remaining ones toe the plot line.

Amy’s books have received numerous writing awards. Her first Regency, SMUGGLED ROSE, received a 4-star review by “The Romantic Times” and her second Regency, I BID ONE AMERICAN (recently republished as THE UNWANTED HEIRESS), received a perfect score of 5 from Long and Short Reviews. Her list of mysteries, romance, and paranormals has increased to over a dozen works.

Join her and discover that every good romance includes a bit of mystery!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Good read

    Although I solved the crime before Knighton, still a good read that kept me engaged. Read all 1100+ pages in less than a day.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

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    Mystery with a touch of Romance

    Well written. Nicely plotted. An engaging cast of characters. A mystery that kept me guessing. And a touch of romance to make the story even more interesting. The two leads were nicely drawn, and I like how the female lead had such a nice influence on the male lead. By the end of the tale, he'd learned that Absolute Truth isn't necessarily the Be All and End All he thought it was. And we even got a smile out of him. The secondary cast of characters were also well done and engaging. They were more than window dressing, and I found myself hoping my favorites proved to be innocent. The historical aspects were interesting, and the story's voice was well suited to the era. All in all, I found it an enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading more in the series.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    The Vital Principle -- Regency Done Right!

    I love the Regency era, but rarely read it anymore because it drives me crazy to read so-called regency books filled with modern idiom and behavior that no proper young English woman of that era would allow. I cringed when I opened this e-book and saw that I was reviewing a Regency mystery. I waited for the anomalous language or behavior but it never came. Much to my surprise, Ms. Corwin does Regency right! I wonder whether she created her professional psychic, Prudence Barnard, or channeled her.

    Miss Barnard is a genteel spinster whose father left her very little except the ability to become a "professional" houseguest. She makes the rounds of country houses contacting the spirits of the dearly departed and assuring their loved ones that they are, indeed, happy and comfortable on the other side.

    Knighton Gaunt, founder of Second Sons Inquiries, is hired by the very disagreeable Lord Crowley to prove Miss Barnard a charlatan, and finds himself investigating Lord Crowley's murder, instead. Did Miss Barnard do it? Or one of the other houseguests? There were thirteen people at the table that night. Oh, and a maid in the corner. Gaunt is the only one in the room he knows did not put poison in Lord Crowley's brandy.

    That's the other thing about me. I usually figure out who did it at least halfway through the book. Ms. Corwin kept me guessing right up until the very end. I'm glad this is the first book in a series. I will be reading more of Ms. Corwin's books. I've found a new favorite author, and a Regency mystery writer, at that!

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