Welcome to Bellechester

Dr. M.E. Senty Book 2

Fiction - Mystery - Historical
674 Pages
Reviewed on 01/26/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Welcome to Bellechester is a work of fiction penned by author Margaret A. Blenkush in the historical drama, cozy mystery, and suspense subgenres, and forms the second novel in the Dr. M.E. Senty book series. The work is suitable for the general reading audience. The author welcomes readers to the charming village of Bellechester in 1959 in Shropshire County. Dr. Mary Elizabeth Senty, the protagonist, arrives to join a medical practice, setting the stage for delightful interactions with the village's lovable and quirky residents. The plot takes an engaging turn with the arrival of Detective Inspector William Donnelly, tasked with investigating jewel thefts in the area. As the story unfolds, a carefully planned heist occurs during the gala, testing the resolve of the characters and intertwining their lives in unexpected ways.

Author Margaret A. Blenkush has lovingly crafted a gentle, cozy narrative that perfectly combines mystery, romance, and the idyllic backdrop of a small village. The characters, with their distinctive personalities, make the story both heartwarming and entertaining, and I was delighted by the authentic dialogue, originality, and variety in the ensemble cast. Lady Brantwell was a particular favorite for her unique parlance and amusing attitude to all the little social details of village life. Blenkush successfully captures the essence of the time and place with a vivid sense of atmosphere and creative descriptive lexis, setting cinematic scenes behind a narrative that invites readers to immerse themselves in every detail of the lives and adventures of the characters. Overall, the seamless blend of mystery and romance, coupled with the quaint setting, makes Welcome to Bellechester a real page-turner that offers an escape into a bygone era, and one which I would certainly recommend.