Danger at Thatcham Hall

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If An Independent Woman was an enjoyable debut Danger at Thatcham Hall is the former's much improved sibling with great character development and real sense of mystery and danger that elevated the book into something that Agatha Christie might have been proud ofHigh praise perhaps But the setting of Victorian England can be mismanaged in some tales I have read The author clearly knows the setting well and every little detail has been poured over thought about and included in the story for us to enjoyAs a mystery and I have a few of these coming up to read now it works exceedingly well The drama and suspense holds up throughout It's the slow build up that I liked and was the hallmark of An Independent WomanReaders should probably read both in order but if you catch this one first it is well worth your time in reading If only we could go back to Victorian England In this book we can almost sense what that place and time was really likeEnjoyed This is the second of Frances Evesham’s Thatcham Hall Mysteries 19th Century historical mystery romances set in Victorian England It continues the story begun in An Independent Woman in which Philomena a woman from a lower class escaped London dressed as a boy meets falls in love with and later marries Hugh Lord Thatcham In this second novel Olivia Martin a thoroughly headstrong but impoverished young woman is looking forward with dread to life as a governess and music teacher to support herself While out for a walk she is rescued from a cow which she thinks is a bull by Nelson Roberts an up and coming lawyer from London Together they discovered the body of a local farmhand Roberts has been retained by Lord Thatcham to investigate attacks on his livestock and thefts of personal items from Thatcham Hall a country house in Victorian England The lawyer has been embittered by his role as an officer in the war in Afghanistan and has been jilted by his fiancée so he approaches this task in a dark state of mind Now he has the now added responsibility of discovering the truth of what happened to the farm hand As in the first book there is or less instant attraction between the two protagonists although they are reluctant to acknowledge it except to themselves Olivia upon being brought home by Roberts hies herself off to Thatcham Hall for a previously arranged and convenient visit hoping to see him again There she is to spend time with the aforementioned Philomena and Hugh as well as Miss Selena Dainty Lord Thatcham’s only sister She is a beauty with blond ringlets and blue eyes of whom Olivia cannot help but be jealous especially of Selena’s prospects for the future Mr Roberts begins his investigation but circumstances keep throwing Olivia into his path and eventually they combine forces to solve the various mysterious threads of the story Various well drawn and interesting characters begin to accumulate on the list of suspects old witchy old woman who knows and uses herbs as drugs and her semi wild grandson living in a hovel in the woods near Thatcham Hall; the baker’s daughter who is pregnant and claims to have been seduced by a servant at Thatcham Hall; Major Lovell an army officer with whom Roberts is well acuainted and to whom Miss Dainty is attracted The reader uickly senses his evil nature I can’t say without giving away important detailsRoberts and Olivia alternate between confrontation and attraction for most of the book Some of this seems a bit contrived as is their sudden attraction and I found this the most tedious aspect of the book However Olivia’s independence and spunkiness was refreshing against the backdrop of societal propriety The author has done a wonderful job in her descriptions of the customs s and dress of the times; I was fully drawn into the world of Thatcham Hall She has also done a good job of creating and tying together her main plot and subplots leaving good surprises both along the way and at the end This book was overall a good read and I can recommend it to lovers of this genre Having only just read and loved An Independent Woman by Frances Evesham I found myself immediately buying Danger at Thatcham Hall Although following the stories of entirely different characters we're still treated with Lord Thatcham and Philomena as minor characters in the tale This helps to welcome us into the fold of Thatcham Hall again and reassures us that our much loved characters from the previous novel are doing well and still very much in love Despite this Danger at Thatcham Hall would work well as a standalone novel however I'd absolutely recommend reading An Independent Woman firstWe're given again a strong heroine a tortured hero and a series of mysteries This time instead of unravelling the characters' past we focus on events happening in the present Nelson Roberts is shipped in from London to solve the crimes and Olivia Martin also from London is visiting as a friend and cousin of the family Both of these characters struggle against the social expectations of their situation and this is something I'm always interested to read in Victorian fiction Olivia in particular is facing a life as a spinster governess due to her lack of wealth; men generally wanted to marry women from a prosperous family as both a means of income and also for social statusEvesham flips the narrative from chapter to chapter to allow us an insight into both Nelson and Olivia's mindset Where they both feel the other is untrustworthy it's entertaining to see their feelings and ideals are far similar than both of them imagine Their attraction to each other takes them by surprise and we're taken along with them as they try to hide their desire for each otherThe cast of characters is delightful as expected Evesham weaves their backgrounds intricately into the story and we feel close to them regardless of hero or villain The mysteries are baffling to all and are solved at a perfect delectable pace with no strikingly obvious motives or perpetratorsOnce again Evesham's research into the age and setting is flawless I particularly enjoyed of a peek into the lives of the villagers close to Thatcham Hall Their customs and collouialisms were strikingly different to the residents of the hall and although they seemed socially closer to the servants it was clear to see working in a respected establishment such as the Hall houses the servants a level above the villagers Evesham's hints to the politics etiuette and even fashion of the day are so subtle yet fascinating I really cannot fault her attention to detailIt's been a long time since I've been so wrapped up in a story and I'd like to thank the author for inviting me into her world Both An Independent Woman and Danger at Thatcham Hall have helped me escape from my own world and have brought me hours of suspense fun and awe These are an absolute imperative read for fans of Victorian fiction; I look forward to hopefully a third I was lucky enough to be contacted by the author and given a copy of this book for review I really enjoyed it and got immersed in this Victorian world with a strange death setting the scene for the brief encounter between the two main characters Nelson and OliviaI have been a huge fan of crime fiction in the past I have a lot of Agatha Christie books and had not read a book like it in a long time Overall I thought it was a fantastic read Extremely well written with well thought out characters and an intriguing plotNelson is an interesting character who survives a costly war in Afghanistan where he was one of the few survivors He carries a few battle scars and resents certain Officers who claim to be war heroes The truth as he saw it was very different with many Officers putting their lives before that of their men However he has reinvented himself as a highly sought after lawyer who gets called upon to try to solve some of the issues occurring in Thatcham HallSince I am currently working on a historical novel set in the Victorian era and have a love of Austen and Bronte I followed the historic setting and understood the problems that resulted from Officers bad decisions Even though hard to imagine history has taught us that those in charge are not always the most knowledgeableEven though not mentioned the Charge of the Light Brigade is a classic film written about the blunders that resulted in the Crimea because of Officers who had no knowledge of battle made hasty decisions or for costly mistakes resulting from a lack of communication There were no mobile phones you could use with which to abort a mission if it was obvious it would go sourI mention this because his character is important and the attraction with Olivia is almost blighted by his own misgivingsOlivia is a strong and intelligent young lady who is a keen musician but living in a man's world believes she can do no better than get a job as a governess In those days a woman's choices were limited I loved the way her curiousity and better judgement came through in the endI would highly recommend this book to readers of crime and Victorian historical novels Even though their relationship is of interest I would not call this book a romance novel but would suggest that if you like some hints of romance and a feel good ending this is the book for youIt certainly worked for me Frances Evesham has taken us back to Thatcham Hall a large country estate in Victorian England to encounter and solve mysteries and encounter sweet romanceDanger at Thatcham Hall is easy to love if you enjoy well written entertaining moving exciting and romantic crime novels set in Victorian England It was easy for me to love Victorian England is my favourite place so it was a joy to spend several hours wandering around the English countryside solving crimesOn this occasion there are two guests at the Hall and a murder mystery to be unraveled which endangers the lives of the residents at the Hall Nelson is Lord Thatcham’s ambitious lawyer who is a physically and spiritually scarred man having experienced trauma at war and the betrayal of his fiancée He meets Olivia a strong willed pianist who fears she may have to become a governess due to the constraints women faced when pursuing musical careersThey stumble across a dead body and Lord Thatcham asks Nelson to investigate the accusations against one of his staff Nelson accepts the job and with Olivia’s help finally disentangles the mysteryThere are plenty of richly drawn characters including a villain a spoilt child the imposing Dowager the lovers a mysterious healer villagers farmhands and servants at the Hall The reader is submerged with the characters into daily life in Victorian England including a visit to London Once again the author shows expert knowledge of Victorian England which she transmits wrapped up in an enjoyable parcel of mystery action and romanceDanger at Thatcham Hall can be read as a stand alone The action in the first book in the series An Independent Woman revolved around Lord Thatcham and how he met his wife to be Philomena My only complaint is that I would have liked to see involvement of these two impressive characters in this second novel Of course it is no longer their story but I came to like them enough to want to know If you have not read an Independent Woman yet I also highly recommend it too In John Bowen’s talk filmed at Horace Walpole’s miniature gothic Strawberry Hill—birthplace of the gothic novel—the Professor of 19th century literature at the University of York lists the essential elements of the gothic genre Danger at Thatcham Hall Frances Evesham’s latest novel provides a seamless illustration of each pointA proper gothic reuires its heroine to be transported to a strange place such as a wilderness or prison When Olivia Martin’s father dies leaving his wife and daughter in dire financial straits they accept her cousin Hugh’s offer of an empty manor house near his own estate Thatcham Hall Although only a train ride from London’s amenities the English countryside is a place full of unknown terrors for London raised Olivia who we first meet during her encounter with a terrifying horned beast—which turns out to be a placidly grazing Jersey milk cow Her fear is mocked by an elegant stranger barrister Nelson Roberts also a London transplant brought in by Lord Thatcham when one of his servants is falsely accused of animal maiming In best gothic fashion her relief that the cow isn’t an attacking bull is short lived as another stumble leads to the discovery of a murdered body Of course a proper gothic also includes a contrast from the past and Olivia soon meets that in the form of a strange young boy and his even stranger grandmother whose tragic history is connected to both Thatcham Hall and to Nelson Robert’s military service as a British Major during a botched Afghan campaignPower is always a theme in gothics and freuently expressed in their fascination with sexuality Vulnerable young women are threatened either explicitly with rape or at least with the sexual power of patriarchal figures who seem to have no restraints on their desires But the gothic is all about the ways in which those seemingly fragile and vulnerable women triumph over such supposedly unbeatable forces In Danger at Thatcham Hall Olivia is indeed vulnerable seemingly without protection or resources As she and Nelson investigate the mysterious deaths and other events however we learn that she is both self reliant and strong with a plan to escape her fate The hero interestingly is not part of this power dynamic His job plain and simple is to be strong preferably witty and save the heroine while unsuccessfully of course attempting to conceal his tortured soul from which torment of course she rescues him Olivia senses the darkness and conflict in Nelson suffering from what we would today call post traumatic stress disorderThe indispensable tools of the Gothic genre are the uncanny and the sublime The former surfaces as Olivia and Nelson see familiar items used in peculiar ways such as personal items stolen from Lord Thatcham’s family rope with strange items twisted into it or seemingly innocent herbs For eighteenth century readers and still today terrifying and overwhelming natural events such as storms or fire—things outside of the usual categories of beautiful or harmonious—contained sublime meaning In Danger at Thatcham Hall for example a storm rages the night Nelson is accused of murder while a climactic fire provides answers to the final mysteriesAs they describe frightening events gothics usually fall into either terror or horror categories Some such as Frankenstein or Dracula embrace supernatural phenomena to evoke horror One of the early masters of the gothic Ann Radcliffe believed that terror could be “morally uplifting” by not explicitly showing horrific events but only warning readers of their possibility Horror on the other hand would describe those events fully and thus be “morally bad” In choosing terror over horror the writers often looked for a natural or realistic explanation for perceived supernatural phenomena For example the ghostly sounds and events Jane Eyre witnesses prove to be caused by her lover’s very much alive hidden wife As they investigate the mysteries in Danger at Thatcham Hall Olivia and Nelson hear whispers of witchcraft curses and echoes of past evilIt is such a pleasure to see an expert at work and Frances Evesham is clearly a master of the gothic novel genre Danger at Thatcham Hall is the second book in her Thatcham Hall Mysteries but also stands well on its own The main characters Olivia Martin and Nelson Roberts are at the same time perfectly shaped by their world and struggling against the limits imposed by their backgrounds and demographics By rights as the daughter of an impoverished widow Olivia should be destined for a life as a governess or paid companion Nelson should have been at the center of a group of military heroes telling tall tales of his exploits But she is determined to earn a living with her music while he struggles to make a name for himself as a barrister Frances Evesham’s techniue of alternating points of view between the two main characters allows us see them both from the outside and also get a glimpse of the people beneath their conventional facades The Victorian vocabulary of the gothic is particularly entertaining such as Olivia becoming properly “breathless” when being carried by Nelson And I’m no expert on Victorian times but I’m bowled over by the amount of period detail and research she commandsMy complaints are fairly minor Even Victorians I believe would not be so formal in private as to have Miss Dainty refer to her cousin and friend Olivia as “Miss Martin” even when the two are alone More significantly I just couldn’t buy the final revelation of the identity of the villain who is manipulating the whole chain of events Without going into spoiler territory I have to say I didn’t see enough buildup in the story to ever believe that “the villain” could possibly have the understanding and depth to influence andor cause the eventsBut overall for the pitch perfect orchestration of the gothic genre in all its elements for the beautifully paced and written narrative and for the creation of two wonderful lead characters I would give Danger at Thatcham Hall four and a half stars out of five And I certainly can’t wait for the next book in this incredible series 2nd of 2 so far murder mysteries set at Thatham Hall in the 19th Century Good fun reading now i am hooked This was such a great easy and creative book i was hooked after the first page The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow along with the story the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so reali would highly recommend this author and this book Olivia Martin impetuous 19 year old heroine of “Danger at Thatcham Hall” shares many characteristics with Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett She is forthright and courageous and too intelligent to fall in love with every handsome young man she meetsEarly in the first chapter Olivia finds herself marooned in the alien world of “the Countryside” with an unnerving stranger and tales of maimed animals and a possible murder She longs to return to London to follow her dreams of success in music but she knows that this is not possible for a young lady with limited funds Instead she finds herself aiding an infuriating older man with a mocking smile to solve the mystery of dangerous eventsBut can she trust Nelson Roberts an ex army officer recently trained as a lawyer who has come to help Lord Thatcham? As readers we soon realise that Nelson is a complex man who wrestles with unpleasant memories from his time in Afghanistan and his motives change as the plot moves forward Both he and Olivia have put their own lives at dangerThatcham Hall is in the reliable hands of Mayhew the butler and Mrs Rivers the housekeeper but some of the other servants seem less trustworthy The villagers are not very friendly and deep in the wood lives an old lady who brews herbal remedies The setting is vividly described as each new twist of the plot is gradually revealedI cannot fault this well crafted story which contains all the best ingredients for a mystery romance and period novel without being in any way derivative If you pick it up to read you won’t want to put it down High uality Victorian dramaI take my hat off to writers who research their subject in such detail as this The reader is transported to a time in history that is so foreign to us today The countryside around Thatcham Hall and its inhabitants whether above or below stairs; the setting the mode of dress the language and social s are all perfectly described Subtle references to political social and industrial events and the significant changes so prevalent in mid nineteenth century England serve to pin the story exactly in place The mystery itself is a complex one for Olivia Martin and Nelson Roberts to unravel A sudden death a few stolen trinkets the cottage in the woods; all have some bearing on the mystery Will they uncover the truth? Could there be the faintest prospect of romance in the air?