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The Mystery of Brackenwell Hall (Read by Candlelight 2) by Gillian St. Kevern

Genre Gay / Historical / 16th Century / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Forgottenastronauts on 03-April-2020

Book Blurb

Stephen Mereweather, a young invalid, doubts that gloomy Brackenwell Hall can cure him. What chance does country air, no matter how fresh, have against a disease that has baffled the greatest medical mind in London—his own father? Resigned to a long recovery, Stephen encounters instead a cheeky trespasser who takes Stephen’s bad mood as an invitation to be even more obnoxiously cheerful. It’s enough to make anyone reach for the nearest bottle of laudanum...
But Charlie’s inflated self-regard is not the only inexplicable occurrence at Brackenwell. Stephen’s family is plagued by a series of disappearances and deaths. If Stephen wants to avoid a premature death, he’ll need Charlie’s help... But Charlie may prove an even bigger mystery.

Book Review

This is my second outstanding read by this author. She has completely blown me away with her fantastic writing and her ability to rouse mystery and intrigue in such a short amount of time.

Stephen Mereweather has been sick his entire life. Living mostly as a recluse, his father has taken him to Brackenwell Hall for the summer while he gets his new practice started in London. During his tour of the residence Stephen falls upon an old roman-style bath, which the staff has said has been closed off for years. Yet when he enters each night, he is greeted by Charlie, who turns out to be more than an innocent wanderer.

Gillian St. Kevern’s writing draws me in and keeps me on the edge of my seat. I was so enthralled in this story. There was passion and trickery as well as time travel and charm. The characters were witty and fun, the staff caring and kind. Twists and turns delighted me multiple times during this short book.

I loved ‘The Secretary and the Ghost’ and was thrilled to have Mr. Leighton and Mr. Cross brought into this mystery as well. I can’t say enough about the thoughtfulness with which each character was created and the thoroughness of the plot line to this story.

Very well done, I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 180 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-April-2019
Price $2.99 ebook, $8.99 paperback
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