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Let There Be Blood (1997)

by Jane Jakeman

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Lord Ambrose Malfine lives as a virtual recluse in his large and crumbling mansion. it is only when news arrives of the murders of two local farmers,that he emerges and begins to take an interest in the world once more.As he investigates further he learns of several unsavoury secrets attached to the womenfolk who live in the farmhouse and the prime suspect becomes mush less so.
I found this an interesting read overall,losing the top score only because Jakeman occasionally seems to forget that she is writing Crime fiction instead of Romantic fiction of the 'purple prose' sort. ( )
  devenish | Jul 7, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 042519812X, Paperback)

In the Kingdom of Mists showcased the talent of Jane Jakeman. In its wake comes the first of the Lord Ambrose historical mystery series, a "cleverly executed" (Yorkshire Post) tale of turn-of-the-last-century murder-and, perhaps worse, wrongful blame.

Lord Ambrose has returned to England from the battlefields of Greece to heal his wounds in the peace and quiet of his country mansion. But when a nearby farmer and his son are shot dead, and the villagers accuse a local gypsy, Ambrose must attend to the matter before he can rest.

A trip to the farmer's house reveals some very strange facts: the new widow appears to have a dangerous addiction to laudanum-and the governess's expensive dress is soaked in blood. The young woman's eyes bespeak dark secrets-and Ambrose has an eerie suspicion that these first two murders will not be the last.

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"Summer, 1830. Lord Ambrose Malfine has returned to England from the battlefields of Greece to heal his wounds in the peace and quiet of his West Country mansion - preferably with no visitors. But when a nearby farmer and his son are shot dead, and the villagers accuse a local gypsy, Ambrose must attend to the matter before taking his much-needed respite." "A trip to the farmer's house reveals some very strange facts: The new widow appears to have a dangerous addiction to laudanum - and the governess's expensive dress is soaked in blood. The young woman's eyes bespeak dark secrets still uncovered - and Ambrose has an eerie suspicion that these first two murders will not be the last."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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