Saturday, April 2, 2011

Finished Off by Rebecca Kent

In Finished Off, Meredith Llewellyn is the Headmistress at Bellhaven Finishing School. She's already seen one spirit, when a little girl spirit, who wants to be reunited with her family, appears to her. Meredith begins investigating the fire which claimed her family and finds that there's more there than meets the eye.

I enjoyed this book. It was well written while the story and characters were likeable. It kept me thoroughly entertained for the few hours it took me to read it. The story takes place in Edwardian England which was particularly exciting for me. I love reading books set in the past.

I really liked Meredith and her ways of investigating. She stayed true to being a lady while getting to the bottom of things. I also liked reading about Reggie, Grace and Olivia as they added some tension to the story.

While I enjoyed the book, it left me a little wanting, but I'm not sure why. This is the second book in the series of three books, but the first one I've read. Perhaps that had something to do with it. I didn't feel like I missed anything (this book can definitely stand on its own), but I wished I had read the previous one first. That kind of thing doesn't usually bother me.

Rebecca Kent is the pseudonym of Doreen Roberts Hight. She also writes under the names: Kate Kingsbury and Doreen Roberts.

Recommended. For fans of Hight/Kingsbury/Roberts/Kent and for other cozy lovers. I think those who believe in ghosts or like reading books set in this time period will especially like it.

For more information about this book, please visit the Berkley Prime Crime website.

For more information about the author and her other books, please visit Doreen Roberts Hight's website.

Finished Off by Rebecca Kent, The Berkley Publishing Group (Penguin), ©2009. ISBN 9780425228111(mass market), 196p.

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