A strong, intelligent and multi-dimensional female lead character and set in an Opera company in 1899 has the capacity to enthral. The historical aspect in this was immersive in such a way that when I watched some police procedurals during my meals, between reading this book, I had to blink and caught myself wondering why they dressed in contemporary attire because I was still living in Ella Shane’s world! In the beginning, there were not many outward indicators of the time period, which we are witnessing. The language and diction were reasonably straightforward. Although I am no expert, and that expertise might lead to the identifying of any anachronisms.
An extremely talented Opera singer is our amateur sleuth. She has risen from the ranks of poverty, thanks to a lot of talent and being spotted for her skills at the right time. She is very professional in her dealings with her company, and one of its members died in an unfortunate manner. Chalked up to suicide, it surprises her when an unknown relative comes calling and starts to asks questions. There are multiple stages during the narrative that the duo is convinced that the matter is laid to rest, but then a new thought sends Ella hunting for more information. The family life, the dialogues between them all and the backstory were delightful and an enjoyable read. The subtle tones of the combination of Ella’s faith(s) were something new and very well done. I look forward to the next in the series (if it is to be one)
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers. The review, however, is entirely based on my reading experience, as well as my prior inclination to like well written cozy mysteries.