Historical fiction, Mystery

A Matter of Loyalty (A Very English Mystery #3) by Anselm Audley

This is the third book of the series (A Very English Mystery books 1 &2 ) . I enjoyed the previous books of the series and had not known that the series was being completed by the author’s daughter/editor. Considering the situation and how hard it might have been to finish this, the author has done a great job.

This does not completely tie up all the loose ends but does enough for our imagination to take over to finish it all up.

The last book left Gus ( The american scholar) as the new Earl. He is getting used to the ropes and has romantic interest in sticking around. The town of Selchester is relatively unchanged but has a new problem to ponder about. The atomic research center is missing a man who might be the leak in the system that Hugo has been on the lookout for.The arrival of a London man gets the ball rolling and we find more danger ( to mind and body) in this than the last two.A new visitor adds the humour and insightful comments that make this an entertaining read.The quarrel between the young girls at the castle continues to be fun to follow and Freya secret may no longer stay one. There is a sort of happily ever after to look forward to. I wish I wish there was another installment, but knowing there isn’t, I recommend the series nonetheless.

Interesting words I came across:

  • Interregnum:a period when normal government is suspended, especially between successive reigns or regimes.
  • Feoffee:a trustee invested with a freehold estate to hold in possession for a purpose, typically a charitable one.(in feudal law) a person to whom a grant of freehold property is made.
  • Oracular: hard to interpret; enigmatic
  • Tearaway:a person who behaves in a wild or reckless manner.
  • Casuistry:the resolving of moral problems by the application of theoretical rules.
  • Dirndl:a woman’s dress in the style of Alpine peasant costume, with a dirndl skirt and a close-fitting bodice.
  • Oubliettes:a secret dungeon with access only through a trapdoor in its ceiling
  • Louring:(of the sky) dark and threatening.


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