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Reviewed by Christine Nguyen for Readers' Favorite
The Little Tin Box is a tale full of twists and turns that will leave the reader surprised. The tale starts out with a violent attack on Arthur Sprigwell in Fulham, a newly industrialized part of London by the Thames River. Arthur has his tongue cut out and a series of questions arises from this. The second Baronet McKilloch of Killochie, Sir Hugh McKilloch and his wife, Rosalind, find that their twin sons, Ranald and Jamie, have something to do with the ghastly turn of events so they banish their sons to different parts of the world – one to Australia and one to New York City. They are found to be guilty without much investigation by their parents because of the potential scandal that might erupt in the strict and proper aristocracy. Sarah, Ranald’s wife, and her childhood best friend, Caistor Parsons, are pulled into an intriguing plot. Mary Sprigwell, wife of the newly deceased Arthur Sprigwell, is also pulled into the plot as many secrets are revealed.
Author Tony Thistlewood writes his tale with many mysteries that are slowly unraveled in the reading. The more readers learn, the more questions arise. The reader is pulled into the puzzle and wonders what new surprises will turn up. The connections of the various characters are revealing in moving towards a final twist that will confound the reader. I would never have guessed the ending to this book, which was great reading for me, and left me having to re-read some sections to better connect the dots. I recommend this book for those who like to solve puzzles and riddles!