When Gemma discovers a pair of ancient duelling pistols encrusted with rubies in the basement of the local museum, she is immediately intrigued…
On a fateful night in 1838 two sisters were found shot in the cellars of Red Hill Hall. And when Gemma begins to delve deeper into their history she begins to realise that the secrets of that night are darker than anyone had ever imagined.
As the shocking events of the past begin to unravel, Gemma’s own life starts to fall apart. Loyalties are tested and suddenly it seems as if history is repeating itself, as Gemma learns that female friendships can be deadly…
When the information for this book came into my inbox, I was immediately excited. What’s not to love about a woman in the present day trying to solve a historical murder, after all?
Katheleen McGurl’s trademark is books that blend the present day with the historical. This was done beautifully in this book; each of the periods was richly described and given its own identity. Sometimes in these books, the two time periods can blend into one, but this wasn’t the case here. The mystery was intriguing and absorbing; any theories I had about what really happened at Red Hill Hall were quickly blown apart and I was left guessing right until the very end. I really liked Gemma as a main character. Her life completely changes when she finds the two ruby pistols and takes her on a journey she never expected. She was a great character to lead you through the twists and turns of the story, until what really happened is finally revealed.
This book is ideal for curling up with on a rainy day. It has an unputdownable quality that really appealed to me and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good intriguing mystery novel.
Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, with her husband, sons and cats. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present., and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.
When not writing or working at her full-time job in IT, she likes to go out running or swimming, both of which she does rather slowly. She is definitely quicker at writing.