Mercy Falls Series - Book Three
Olivia Stewart is shocked to learn of her sister Eleanor's death. Not convinced that Eleanor committed suicide, Olivia travels from New York City to Mercy Falls, CA to investigate. She travels using her official title, Lady Devonworth, and poses as a Stewart family friend. She is fairly certain that Eleanor's fiance, Harrison Bennett, is responsible for her death. Her fears are confirmed after finding a letter from her late father warning Eleanor not to have any contact with Harrison or his father. As she tries to unearth clues, Olivia finds herself in harm's way a number of times. Clearly whoever killed Eleanor wants Olivia dead as well.
Harrison Bennett wants nothing to do with any of the Stewart women. His father arranged the marriage with Eleanor to secure a business deal. He finds himself attracted to the Lady Devonworth, but cannot understand her aloof attitude and meddlesome questions. His interests lie not in his father's business but in studying flight and developing his flying machine.
Eventually, though, Harrison and Olivia call a truce and begin to trust one another. Together they begin to investigate the odd events at the Stewart mansion. Imagine what happens when her real identity is revealed at the Lightkeeper's Ball...even Harrison doesn't know who she really is.
Ms. Coble shares a vivid turn of the 20th century adventure that keeps the reader guessing. About the time I thought I figured out who the killer was, events turn inside out and there's yet a new piece to the puzzle. I wasn't expecting a mystery with this one, but it was a pleasant surprise. Although this is the third book in the Mercy Falls Series, it can stand alone. I prefer this; the reader doesn't have to read the first two books to enjoy this one. Rich details and engaging characters create a happy mix and a great story.
This book was given to me courtesy of the Amazon Vine review program. No compensation was received.
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