Thursday, October 16, 2014

anon, sir, anon | review

Author :: Rachel Heffington

Summary :: The 12:55 out of Darlington brought more than Orville Farnham's niece; murder was passenger. In coming to Whistlecreig, Genevieve Langley expected to find an ailing uncle in need of gentle care. In reality, her charge is a cantankerous Shakespearean actor with a penchant for fencing and an affinity for placing impossible bets. When a body shows up in a field near Whistlecreig Manor and Vivi is the only one to recognize the victim, she is unceremoniously baptized into the art of crime-solving: a field in which first impressions are seldom lasting and personal interest knocks at the front door. Set against the russet backdrop of a Northamptonshire fog, Anon, Sir, Anon cuts a cozy path to a chilling crime.

First Line :: Times were always changing.

Last Word :: Lessons.

My Thoughts :: Considering this is not fresh on my mind because I procrastinate in reviewing manuscripts, bear with me as I try to conjecture a coherent review of this gem. We'll start off by saying that Anon, Sir, Anon is much, much, much, much better than Heffington's debut work, Fly Away Home. It was, in fact, a novel I couldn't put down. I'm pretty certain I finished it around 1:00 in the morning (or night, depending on how you prefer to look at it).

The characters were superb. I fell in love with their genuine, believable natures well before the book was over, and the backdrop of the novel was just the thing to send you snuggling up in a chair with a cup of hot apple cider.

The plot was superb. Some mysteries will declare the Villain pretty much very clearly for you, but I was kept guessing. The end was almost a surprise. (I hesitate to say completely surprised because, well, there were such few suspects it had to be one of them...) But I better shut up before I blurt out any spoilers.

Pros :: Characters; plot; setting; basically, almost everything.

Cons :: The very beginning was a bit scandalous. Scandalous in that you wonder how some humans could be so cruel and stripped of any dignity at all. There's also some language, although that did not bother me too much. I think it could have been removed in some cases, but all in all, it did not particularly peeve me.

Recommended Age :: 14+

Rating :: Five stars. I greatly enjoyed it.

Releases :: The fifth of November.

2 comments:

  1. Yay! You're blogging again! Lovely review! I like the format. =)

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    1. Thanks, Em! It feels good to be back. :)

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