The Gilded Shroud is set in London, 1789. At the opening of the story we meet our soon to be sleuth, Ottilia Draycott. She has recently been hired as a lady companion to the Dowager Marchioness. Soon after Ottilia Draycot is hired, the Dowager’s daughter in law, the Marchioness of Polbrook is murdered. The Dowager’s eldest son becomes the primary suspect. Right away, Ottilia engrains herself into the family affair. With the help of the Dowager’s younger son, Ottilia sets out to solve the mystery.
I love a good British mystery, and this book falls into the category. We have a fun and clever sleuth in Ottilia Draycott. Some of her deductions seem a bit far fetched, but most of the time, they are very logical. She is able to leave tantalizing morsels of clues for the reader to follow along with her. At first the budding romance between Lord Francis Fanshawe and Ottilia seems a bit forced. However, as the story progresses so too do the relationships between the characters, and their development becomes more natural. I found this to be a very enjoyable mystery, and I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
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