“Budding detective, Miss Madeline Brown, has gained quite the reputation for “meddling” in the circa 1900 city of Rockland. With two successful “cases” under her belt, it was only a matter of time before she found something new to interest her insatiable curiosity.
This time, however, the “curiosity” found her.
Challenged by Edward Gastrel, to prove her deductive prowess, Madeline embarks on riddling out the puzzle of a journal left to him by his grandfather. If she can decode the contents, the local gentleman may find himself in the possession of something quite valuable.
As usual, however, things aren’t as they seem, and Madeline finds herself in a race against more than time and ambiguity.” (from Goodreads)
Kindle Unlimited is a dangerous thing. I gobbled up book three in just a few days.
This one was quite the twisty mystery because there were two (or even three) intertwined mysteries between the treasure hunt, the secret passageways (?), and ascertaining Edward’s true character. I especially loved the treasure hunt, and Madeline and Russell were adorable with the blueprints. (Though they were adorable in general.) Their conversations about Bible reading and the Book of Ruth (Russell, your Knightley heart is showing) were very thought-provoking.
While this mystery was less complicated/important than the first two, it really showed more of Madeline’s character growth, especially as she learned to trust her intuition and the concerns of those who loved her best. (Peters was a great side character, by the way.) And she turned her hand a little bit to matchmaking as well which is fun. XD
Just a note, there are some allusions to a man SPOILER ALERT! being a playboy with a house floor plan to facilitate it, themed art, and inappropriate treatment of his employees. There were also some pretty lurid stories of his past crimes.
I lost all my highlights, but the banter was amazing as always. 😉
Altogether, I enjoyed this and was a happy “bookzombie” for a few days. 😉