Her charm and cajolery may fool the unwary.
Unscrupulous and cunning, as dauntless as she is resolute, the incomparable “Lady Fan” is as ruthless as the killer she is tracking in…
A violent murder has left the village of Witherley aghast. The locals are convinced that a witch doing the devil’s work is to blame-a young woman believed to have second sight. The new vicar, Aidan, taking up the cudgels in her defence, fears the witch hunt is escalating out of his control. But help is at hand.
The bright and perceptive Ottilia, once a lady’s companion and now bride to Lord Francis Fanshawe, is drawn to Witherley by an insatiable curiosity. Ottilia rapidly uncovers a raft of suspects with grudges against the dead man, one of whom is determined to incriminate the “witch.” And as foul play runs rampant, Ottilia must wade through the growing hysteria to unravel the tangle and point a finger at the one true menace…
I have never read a book before that is written in the language that was appropriate to that period in time and I struggled with this to start with, but as I continued it started to flow and I understood what was being said. Very much like my experiences when I watch Shakespeare the theatre – takes me a while before I understand what is going on!!
Having not read the first book in the series I was concerned that I would not understand all the references and elements of the plot, but that really didn’t seem to be a problem at all. It is clear that Ottilia had solved a previous case as there were mentions of it before, but it really didn’t take away anything from reading this book.
This is a who-dun-it set in “yester-years!”, not totally sure what period in time but the words, locations and description of people and surroundings feel appropriate to the story. Flows well, and Ottilia is a young Miss Marples uncovering all sorts of hidden secrets in the fictious village of Witherley.
Thank you Elizabeth for introducing me to a new style of writting that I have never tried before and also for sending me a copy of your new book.
The Deathly Portent will be released on 7th June 2012 by The Berkley Publishing Group.
I asked Elizabeth the following questions:-
1) In one sentence, how would you explain The Lady Fan Mysteries to someone who hadn’t read them?
2) The Deathly Portent is the second in the series, how many more books will follow (and when)?
3) The style of writing is very fitting to the period (of which i have called yester-years!!), when are they set and how easy do you find to write in this style?
4) In my review i referred to Ottilia as a very young Miss Marple’s, would you say that is a true association or did her character come from someone else you had in mind?
5) Aside from the books you have written, would you write in any other style for future books not connected to this series?
6) What was been your favourite read within the last 12 months?