The Heiress of Linn Hagh is the first in the Detective Lavender Mystery Series. Thie series is set in 19th Century Europe so there are not any fancy forensics or gadgets to solve the mystery. Detective Lavender and his Constable Woods have been hired by a young lady’s uncle to try to solve the mystery of her disappearance from her home where she has been living with her two step-brothers and a step-sister.
The case turns into more than a simple kidnapping as dark family secrets, a forest full of gypsies, and a mysterious woodland stalker all beset the two investigators.
“The last master of Linn Hagh had far more secrets than I ever imagined…this case has turned into a sack full of squirmin’ river ells. Slippery buggers, all of them Carnabys, especially the father.”
Author Karen Charlton sets before us a pleasant reading journey that relies on a good story rather than high-tech gadgetry. I do enjoy that too, but it is a nice relief from that on occasion. This was an enjoyable novel.