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Murder of a Dead Man

This is the fourthbook in my mystery series called A Chance Inquiry, a series that is full of history, mystery, romance, and humor in 19th century style.

As Lady Cecilia Branstoke convalesces after a severe bout of influenza, an urgent plea for assistance arrives from their friend, Mrs. Montgomery: The Earl of Soothcoor languishes in a goal in Lincolnshire, accused of murder. The victim? Mrs. Montgomery’s husband, Malcolm, reported dead over two years ago!

The Branstokes travel to Camden House Sanatorium in Lincolnshire where Mr. Montgomery had secretly been a patient. In society, Camden House Sanatorium had a reputation as one of the most modern and successful sanatoriums, a model for other institutions.

But can a reputation be too perfect?

To investigate, Lady Branstoke registers at Camden House as a patient needing further care to recover from her influenza. Meanwhile, Sir James probes outside connections in pursuit of establishing Soothcoor’s innocence and identifying the actual murderer.

As the Branstokes delve into the tangled web surrounding Mr. Montgomery’s life and death, the façade of Camden House as the perfect sanatorium cracks, revealing the canker of disintegration beneath the polished exterior.

Can the Branstokes not only solve Mr. Montgomery’s murder and free the Earl of Soothcoor, as originally intended, but also protect the well-being of the vulnerable souls within Camden House from harm?

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Hi, I’m Holly, lover of words and history. I write Regency historical novels with humor, romance, and a smidge of mystery. I also dabble in writing in other eras, but the Regency keeps pulling me back.

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