Published by Severn House,
8 February 2010.
Lina Townsend is a dealer in antiques; although young and learning all the time, she has a nose for an item of value. Whilst she has a comfortable father-and-daughter relationship with her professional partner, Griff, her real father is in fact Lord Eltham of Bossington Hall. The Hall is now owned by a trust, but Lord Eltham lives in a wing of the historic mansion surrounded by antiques, some of which he instructs Lina to sell from time to time to keep him in champagne.
Obeying a summons from Lord Eltham to’ sell something’ Lina finds a silver dish that her nose tells her could be valuable. To get the best price Griff suggests that she attend an antique fair and in return for minding the stall put the item on show on the stall of Lady Petronella Cordingly – not a lady with which I would like to share anything, but as she is the sister of Aiden, Griff’s lover, Lina reluctantly agrees. The silver dish attracts a fair amount of attention – not only from prospective buyers, but from the police as well.
Lina is an engaging heroine, and there’s some fine characterisation in the supporting cast. For young Lina there is plenty of love interest – Detective Sergeant Morris, the local vicar Robin Levitt, and attractive Piers Hamlyn.
A perplexing mystery, with
some good twists, and a satisfactory outcome. Recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes