Hilarious! That’s what I expect from Jen Turano and she delivers.
Double fun in this second book in the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency is that we get to see more of Daphne Beekman from the first book. She is a mystery writer by day and an agent by night. When she meets fellow author Herman Henderson while she is trying to combat writer’s block it adds to the hilarity. I especially liked when Daphne talks to Winston, the one eyed dog and Pretty Girl, The thieving parrot. The glimpses into the writing world of the late 19th century was written as only a wordsmith could.
Daphne is quirky and that is part of her charm and the reason Herman is taken with her. “Herman ran a hand over his face again, feeling quite as if he had landed smack-dab into one of his more complicated plots and one he had no idea how to get out of successfully.”
Ms. Turano’s writing reminds me of an Oscar Wilde play especially the house party at Herman’s estate complete with matchmaking grandmothers and ladies who want nothing to do with Herman. The author rounds out the story with other interesting characters, on old mystery and weaving in seemingly overused situations to great effect.
I’m anxious to learn about mysterious Eunice in the next book.
received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf
of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All
opinions are my own.*I give this 5 stars and an underlying faith thread.
Miss Daphne Beekman is a mystery writer by day, inquiry agent by night. Known for her ability to puzzle out plots, she prefers working behind the scenes for the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, staying well away from danger. However, Daphne soon finds herself in the thick of an attempted murder case she's determined to solve.
Mr. Herman Henderson is also a mystery writer, but unlike the dashing heroes he pens, he lives a quiet life, determined to avoid the fate of his adventurous parents, who perished on an expedition when he was a child. But when he experiences numerous attempts on his life, he seeks out the services of the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency to uncover the culprit. All too soon, Herman finds himself stepping out of the safe haven of his world and into an adventure he never imagined.
As the list of suspects grows and sinister plots are directed Daphne's way as well, Herman and Daphne must determine who they can trust and if they can risk the greatest adventure of all: love.
Bethany House Publishing, August 3, 2021
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