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A quaint historical whodunit that had me guessing right up until the culprit was unmasked. Very Agatha Christie. Mystery and suspense readers that like the classics will thoroughly enjoy The Dead Man's View. ( )
  nubian_princesa | Mar 15, 2014 |
Title: The Dead Man’s View (1819 - A Regency Mystery featuring Knighton Gaunt and Prudence Barnard, Second Sons Inquiry Agency Series, Book 3)
Author: Amy Corwin
Genre: Regency Mystery
Published By: Fireside Mysteries (September 30, 2013)
Pages: 345
ISBN: 1490988475

Second Sons Inquiry Agency Series:
The Vital Principal (February 20, 2011)
A Rose Before Dying (June 8, 2011)
The Dead Man’s View (September 30, 2013)
The Illusion of Desire (February 21, 2014)

About the Author: Amy Corwin is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America and member of Mystery Writers of America. She has been writing for the last ten years and only just recently left her day job as an enterprise systems administrator in the computer industry to pursue her writing passion full-time.

She writes Regencies, historicals, mysteries, and contemporary paranormals. She has said that she includes murder in her stories and finds that it keeps her other characters toeing the plot line. So we can safely say she also has a sense of humor along with able to tell a good story.

Her first book, Smuggled Rose, came out in 2007. Her second book, I Bid One American, was originally published May 2008. She followed this with a novella, Christmas Mishaps, in 2008, and a short story, Outrageous Behavior, in 2009. Her most recent books A Fall of Silver and Vampire Protector are both paranormals. She’s written six mysteries: The Earl’s Masquerade; The Vital Principle; The Bricklayer’s Help; The Necklace; Love, the Critic; and Whacked! They are either historical, romantic or contemporary. All of her mysteries have a touch of romance.

She can be found on the web through these link:
Twitter handle: @AuthorAmyCorwin

About the Story: Prudence Barnard gets invited to visit Eric Knibbs, her second cousin, only to find after a week stay he is found dead, hanging by a rope out his bedroom window. It is assumed it was a suicide, but Pru is not convinced that’s the case. Was the maze outside Eric Knibb’s bedroom at the heart of the mystery or simply the killer’s ruse to suggest suicide?

Pru asks her good friend Knighton Gaunt, an inquiry agent, to look into his death. They have worked together in the past and she values his friendship and respects him.

Things start getting complicated when one of the Eric Knibb’s house guests is Knighton’s brother. Knighton has walked away from Polite Society to work as an inquiry agent something he feels very passionate about and his brother makes it very apparent to him that he is no longer within the fold. They are estranged. When Prudence gets to know about the lives of each of the guests staying at the mansion she cannot believe any one of them could have been responsible for Eric’s death.

As the story unfolds, the reader is left with the question whodunit? Prudence relies more and more on Knighton and his intelligence and logic. They are also mutually attracted to each other, yet neither believes they can surmount societal obstacles preventing them from becoming any more than friends. Fate has her way with them, upside down becomes right-side up. The story involves lies and deceit leading to despair and death. Who is behind it all?

My Thoughts: Even though I started this series with book 3, I didn’t feel that I began in the middle of a story. It is easily read as a stand-alone. The combination of the Regency period and mystery was fun for me. I was swept along with the events no more knowing whodunit than the characters. It was an agreeable read along with an entertaining plot.

Both Prudence and Knighton were characters with a sense of morality which made them the good guys. Other characters were less easy to read, but I imagine that’s what makes a mystery enjoyable. The suspenseful moments with more tragedy striking were in the last third of the story, making some very tense moments of reading! If someone were to say boo I probably would have jumped.

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  EileenLina | Mar 5, 2014 |
I read these as mysteries, not romances. As a mystery they are pretty good. This is the second featuring the two principal characters and it did drag a little when they were not sparring - but I am sure that is something that will be overcome when (hopefully) the next with these characters comes out. There are others in the series with different characters which are on my to read list. ( )
  Bill.Bradford | Feb 27, 2014 |
All the fun of a who done it with the bubbles of romance added for fun. An engaging read that keeps you guessing until the end. I truly enjoyed the fact that the female lead wasn't a shrinking violet nor a winsome lass on a mission to save the man of her dreams. ( )
  MyChristineHobbs | Dec 30, 2013 |
I received this from Library Thing to read and review. This is a well written historical mystery. Pru is single, what they referred to in her time as a spinster. She attends a house party given by her cousin Eric Knibbs. When Eric is found dead, hanging outside his window, Pru sets off to figure out how and why he really died. In her efforts, she is aided by an old friend, Knighton Gaunt of the Second Sons Inquiry Agency. As the two delve in to this mystery seeking the truth, they discover the secrets of the household and Eric, leading them down many, intriguing paths. One thing that also develops is a strong relationship between Pru and Knighton, which evolves into a romance and attraction neither had figured on. The author has written a great tale of intrigue and mystery, set in a long ago historical period, filled with historical charm of the Regency era. Though I normally do not enjoy reading historical romances, I enjoyed watching how this plot unfolded and how the relationship developed between main characters. This is a great stand-alone novel, although, if you enjoy this, you would also enjoy the other books in this series. ( )
  KMT01 | Dec 15, 2013 |
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Was the dead man’s view of the maze at the heart of the mystery or simply the killer’s ruse to suggest suicide? 

It's 1819, and when Eric Knibbs invites his second cousin, Prudence Barnard, to a house party, she’s pleased to discover that she has a family, even if it is a distant one. Since her father’s death, Pru has struggled to maintain her existence without the affection and support of relatives. Unfortunately, their reunion is cut short when Eric is found dead, hanging from a noose outside his bedroom window.

The coroner and his jury believe Eric hung himself, but Eric was afraid of heights and could never have committed suicide in such a manner. He won’t even allow the drapes to be opened in his bedroom, so how could he have jumped out of the window with a noose around his neck? After a quick examination of his room, Pru finds too many anomalies and can’t help questioning the positioning of the body outside his window, facing the hedge maze in his garden.

Pru doesn’t have any answers, but she knows her cousin was well-liked and generous, so she seeks help from her old friend, Knighton Gaunt of the Second Sons Inquiry Agency. Pru soon learns the maze had a dark past and neither Pru nor Knighton are prepared for the strange paths they must follow to discover what deadly truth lays hidden in the shadows at Kennington Manor.(less
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