Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Skeletons of Harrow is a work of fiction in the mystery, historical fiction, and suspense subgenres, and forms the third volume in the Edward Tyrington Mystery book series. Penned by author Joni Swift, it is best suited to the general adult reading audience. This captivating historical mystery, set in 1863 in England, introduces us to Edward Tyrington, our intrepid protagonist, who makes a bold decision to win the heart of Catherine by delving into the decade-old murder of one of her relatives. Edward and Catherine's quest for the truth leads them on a journey through their own pasts in London. Along the way, they encounter political machinations that threaten to disgrace Edward's brother, the Earl of Essex. As they delve deeper into the investigation, Catherine uncovers surprising details about her relative, and Edward must ensure her safety as they navigate the treacherous waters of unions and suffragists.
Joni Swift masterfully weaves a tale of love, intrigue, and suspense to craft an engrossing and atmospheric mystery experience. I was particularly impressed by the level of intricate historical detail that melds seamlessly into a compelling mystery plot, creating a vivid picture of Victorian England that feels realistic but never slows the pace of the tale. The characters are well-drawn and relatable, thanks to some close narrative skill in conveying emotion and action, as well as dialogue that feels suitably historic but is also accessible for modern readers. It's a tale of love and loyalty, of unraveling secrets and confronting the ghosts of the past. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Skeletons of Harrow as a deeply engaging historical mystery that will appeal to fans of the genre and anyone who enjoys a good, old-fashioned whodunit set against a richly detailed historical backdrop.