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Julie KlassenBethany House / 2021 / ePubOur Price$9.994.5 out of 5 stars for Shadows of Swanford Abbey - eBook. View reviews of this product. 43 Reviews
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SvN3 Stars Out Of 5A regency murder mysteryAugust 26, 2022SvNI always enjoy Julie Klassens regency mysteries.
This was another murder mystery which kept me interested with a lot of suspects who could have committed the act, following the clues almost like I would have played Cluedo, and getting to know the main characters, and what happened in their past to bring them to their current journey.
SC4 Stars Out Of 5Great mystery!March 30, 2022SCQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Shadows of Swanford Abbey has been aptly described as a Jane Austen meets Agatha Christie novel. In my opinion, it is one of the best. I absolutely loved the setting of Swanford Abbey and the large cast of characters. Sir Frederick's search to uncover the identity of the murderer of a famous author follows the Christie model with steady pacing of plot and heavy dialogue. Julie Klassen is at her best with rich detail of each of the suspects, allowing the reader to make their own conclusion based upon the expertly paced plot and clues. I enjoyed the sweet romance woven throughout the story.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/ publisher through Netgalley. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5InterestingMarch 28, 2022reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleThe Swanford Abbey has been turned into the Swanford Hotel, but does the ghost of the Abbess still reside there? Rumor has it, it does, but really? I'm not much of a ghost story reader, so I wasn't sure this was going to be my style of book, but the story works. While, not really a ghost, there is a mysterious person lurking around. What are they doing here and why are they trying to disguise themselves?
Rebecca Lane is staying at the motel to try to help her brother out. Of course, just mysteriously, Sir Frederick also is and that's all I'll say about that. But when the famous author that Rebecca was supposed to contact for her brother is found murdered, is she really gonna be able to help or will she put her brother at risk if she tells what she knows.
It's an interesting story and I breezed through it. I think the thing that I found most satisfying in the book was the element of restoration, of healing that took place in the book, of long ago wrongs being righted and relationships being mended. It was really neat to watch.
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Author SK4 Stars Out Of 5Definitely felt Christie + Austen vibes!March 11, 2022Author SKQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Shadows of Swanford Abbey* is set in 1820s England, a time period and location I don't often read. I am attempting to open up my historical fiction horizons to more than just WWII with the occasional Civil Rights era story. I had hoped to like this one but I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed it! The back cover says "Agatha Christie meets Jane Austen" and "brimming with mystery, intrigue, and romance." I definitely felt both Christie and Austen vibes! I don't love romance novels but this one wasn't heavy handed and was such a delight for me!
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
HeidiAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An entertaining mystery!February 22, 2022HeidiAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4There is such a variety of things to appreciate about this book! The Gothic vibes of the setting with a murder mystery in a rumored haunted abbey, refurbished as a Regency hotel. The historic details of law jurisdiction, criminal investigation, book publishing, neighborhood improvement, and more brought the era to life and highlighted the differences and similarities to how those processes work now. I enjoyed the cast of unique characters that influence Rebecca and those close to her. The somewhat slower pace gives the reader a good opportunity to get to know the characters as the threads of the plot begin to weave together. I felt that the romance could have used more chemistry, but I enjoyed the sweet romance between Rebecca and the man she crushed on in her childhood. The solving of the mystery had tones of the Lady Darby Mystery series by Anna Lee Huber, and it was intriguing to see some science come into play as well as motivation. An entertaining mystery!
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