I loved every single page of this cozy mystery. The author has caught my attention immediately and it was impossible to put it down before the end. The plot is well woven, the puzzle of the clues to put together is really intriguing. Many twists, witty dialogue, amazing setting and dark atmosphere is really hard not to love this book.
It takes place during the Victorian era in the English village of Newton-upon-Sea, Essex. Alexandra Gladstone is the only physician in the village and for the people has not been easy to trust her. They were very conservative and they were very puzzled when her father died and left his studio in the hands of his daughter. In the chambers of the Freemasons' temple is found dead Saul Mayhew. The cause of death seems to be a heart attack but on his Masonic apron there were spots of blood, unexplained because the man had no wounds. For Jeremy Fitzsimmons, the Grand Master of the lodge and the one who found the body, it was a murder, and tries to convince Alexandra. For him, other people are in danger buthe can't disclose his information outside of the lodge. When he also dies, Alexandra suspectes that he were not entirely wrong and begins to investigate with the help of her trusty nurse Nancy and of their friends.
The characters are really amazing and lovable. Alexandra is very helpful and intelligent, strong and modern, for women of her time was really hard to become a doctor but she has done it. Although she has to fight every day with the distrust of people. She can't even do an autopsy even though she's perfectly capable. I likeher relationship with Nancy, her nurse and maid, treats her as a friend and there is no the rigid and cold relationship between mistress and maid.
Although it is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone, I have had no trouble. But I liked it so much that I'm very anxious to read also the first one.
Her writing is crisp, clear, flawless, and her story-telling is brilliant. This was my first time reading a book by this author, and I can say with complete certainty that it will not be my last! A must read that I completely loved !!