Original Title: Shadow Waltz
Year Published: 2008
Published by: Midnight Ink (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Number of Pages: 232
First Sentence: “You nearly killed her!”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
“Did he or didn’t he?” is the question in this third vintage mystery set during the Great Depression and starring the strong-willed and independent Marjorie McClelland. Newly betrothed and looking forward to the future, wealthy Englishman Creighton Ashcroft and mystery author Marjorie would like nothing better than to enjoy some quiet time in which to write about their adventures and plan their impending nuptials. Fate has different plans for the couple when a young mother shows up on Marjorie’s doorstep asking for help to find her missing husband. Accepting the case, Marjorie and Creighton are led to an abandoned house and the dismembered body of the husband’s mistress. When the husband is convicted of murder, Marjorie feels a nagging doubt that he might not have been guilty. Can her fiance keep Marjorie’s sleuthing nature under wraps or will he be willing to jump in and help her solve another mystery?
This is the second book I’ve read in the Marjorie McClelland mystery series and the third book in the series. I really liked the previous book I read in the series and liked this one as well.
Marjorie can be slightly annoying but overall she is a good character and fun to read about. Creighton is just marvelous although he is definitely a man of his time, and lives by the old fashioned ideals which make my skin crawl at times. Good on Meade for making it realistic but shame on the 1930’s for seeing women as the weaker sex. You try giving birth and then call us weak. The same goes for Jameson, and he is worse than Creighton because at least Creighton tries to be supportive and forward-thinking.
The mystery was interesting and I could not crack it before the characters in the book did, which to me is the sign of a successful mystery. The plotlines are logically combined and by the end you go “ahh” instead of “huh?”. Great fun!
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.