Amy Corwin

 

Second Sons Mysteries Boxed Set, Second Sons Inquiry Agency Mysteries

Second SonsPublication date:  March 2015

Available formats:  e-book

Second Sons Mysteries is a boxed set of three Regency-set mysteries featuring the coolly logical Knighton Gaunt, founder of the Second Sons Inquiry Agency, and the brilliantly intuitive Prudence Barnard. The boxed set contains: The Vital Principle, The Dead Man's View, Honeymoon with Death, and a special BONUS book, Christmas Spirit.

The Vital Principle

In 1815, an inquiry agent, Mr. Knighton Gaunt, is asked by Lord Crowley to attend a sťance with the express purpose of revealing the spiritualist as a fraud. The sťance ends abruptly, however, and during the turmoil, Lord Crowley dies. Gaunt is left to investigate not only fraud, but murder. Suspicion turns first to the spiritualist, Miss Prudence Barnard, but as Gaunt digs deeper into the twisted history of the guests at Rosecrest, he discovers more deadly secrets. Inevitably, long-time friends turn against one another as the tension mounts and Gaunt is challenged to separate fact from fiction.

The Dead Manís View  

When Eric Knibbs invites his second cousin, Prudence Barnard, to a house party, sheís pleased to discover that she has a family, after all. Since her fatherís death, Pru thought she was alone and struggled to maintain her existence without help. 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 wonít 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 canít help questioning the positioning of the body outside his window, facing the hedge maze in his garden.

While Pru doesnít have any answers, 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.

Was the maze in the dead manís view at the heart of the mystery or simply the killerís ruse to suggest suicide?

 

Honeymoon with Death

On their honeymoon trip through Europe, Prudence and Knighton join a small group of travelers to see the triple falls on the river Velino in Italy when tragedy strikes. Their carriage breaks down on a remote road, they are accosted by bandits, and escape only to find one of the travelers dead the next morning in a ravine near the banditsí ambush location. The mystery deepens when they discover the victim is wearing another travelerís cloak.

To make matters worse, the inn they are forced to stay in is reputed to be haunted.

As Knighton and Pru investigate, they discover the other passengers of the coach were not the strangers they seemed. Revenge, envy, and frustrated love vie as motives, and Knighton is pushed to desperation when Pru is kidnapped. He must use every ounce of logic and intelligence to find the killer and free his wife before there is another death on the road to Rome.

Christmas Spirit

A blizzard envelopes the English countryside five days before Christmas, stranding Eve Tomlin and her mother when their carriage shatters a wheel. The women struggle through the snow, forced onward by a wraith-like figure gliding through the trees. Exhausted, they find an apparently abandoned house and stumble inside. They are confronted by Giles Danby, a guest at Folkestone Manor. Danby ruthlessly tells the women they must go.

Their host has just been murdered. A killer is on the loose.

Or a vengeful specter, if they believe Danbyís father. A specter Eve may have glimpsed in the woods.

Desperate to solve the mystery and remain alive, they can only hope the Christmas Spirit isnít searching for another victim.

 

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