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Flashback: Death at Gallows Green

April 7, 2007

The 2nd book in the series.

Death at Gallows Green In “Death at Bishop’s Keep”, Kathryn Ardleigh captured the interest of detective Sir Charles Sheridan as they solved their first case together. Now the demise of a local constable and the disappearance of a child have the sleuthing couple on the trail of deadly greed and criminal mischief once again. And with the help of a shy woman who calls herself Beatrix Potter, Kate intends to uncover the sinister secrets of Gallows Green…

2nd in the Victorian/Edwardian Mystery series
Author: Robin Paige
ISBN: 0-425-16399-7 (Berkley)
Finshed: 1 Jun 06
Who: Kathryn Ardleigh and Sir Charles Sheridan
When: May 1895 England – Seven months have passed

Kate and Charles spend very little time together in this book. The victim is a constable and friend of Sir Charles’s childhood friend, Edward Laken. Edward asks for Charles help, so they are already on the case by the time Kate returns to the Keep with Beatrix Potter in tow.

Kate and Charles each finally come to realize that the other is the only one they could love and marry. However, Kate still isn’t sure what Sir Charles thinks of her. She wasn’t raised according to the British social class system and doesn’t fit anyone’s idea of a proper British heiress. Sir Charles’s dilemma is a bit more complicated. Rumor has it that Kate and Edward have an understanding (they don’t), so Charles’s a bit surprised when Bradford Marsden informs him of his plans to purpose to Kate. Edward and Bradford are Sir Charles’s friends and he can’t bring himself to be a rival to either of them.

What Charles and Bradford both seem to forget is that Kate’s not going to marry just because it’s a good social match like, Eleanor and Mr. Fairley. Both men are certain that she’ll see the advantage she would gain by marrying the son of baron. It would have been interesting to see Kate refuse Bradford, but we are deprived of the scene because Bradford informs his mother of his intentions. She objects to the match for many reasons, including the fact that Kate’s Irish. But it’s the rumor of her impending marriage to Edward that settles it for Bradford.

It eventually comes to Sir Charles attention that Edward has an unrequited love for Agnes Oliver, the widow of the slain police officer, and has never looked at Kate as anything other than a friend.

The Keep’s servants are all back and so are Inspector Wainwright and Sergeant Battle. We also meet the delightful Betsy Oliver, who’s animal pets will inspire Beatrix Potter.

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