This book was a delightful mystery with a historical backdrop. It reminded me quite a bit of a cross between a classic Gothic mystery and a game of Clue. Like the game of clue the setting of the book is almost entirely restricted to the house. Like the classic Gothic mystery there is a heroine who just happens to be hired to be a companion to an ailing lady, there are numerous family members who enter and exit the story, and there are the servants. Plus a mysterious gentleman. All of this adds up to a wonderful romp from Janis Patterson, who is a new author to me. I found this story to be a wonderful escape with enough twists and innuendos to keep me interested in the outcome and enough classic heroes, heroines and villians to make the story enjoyable. I am certainly looking forward to reading more from this author.