T I T L E: A Lady in the Smoke
A U T H O R: Karen Odden
P U B L I S H E R: Random House Publishing-Alibi
P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 29, 2016
I S B N: 9781101886403
Following a humiliating fourth Season in London, Lady Elizabeth Fraser is on her way back to her ancestral country estate when her train careens off the rails and bursts into flames. Though she is injured, she manages to drag herself and her unconscious mother out of the wreckage, and amid the chaos that ensues, a brilliant young railway surgeon saves her mother's life. Elizabeth feels an immediate connection with Paul Wilcox—though society would never deem a medical man eligible for the daughter of an earl.
After Paul reveals that the train wreck was no accident, and the inspector who tried to prevent it dies under mysterious circumstances, Elizabeth undertakes a dangerous investigation of her own that leads back to her family's buried secrets. The more she learns, the more she must risk. Not only are her dowry and her reputation at stake; Paul's very life hangs in the balance when he is arrested for manslaughter. As the trial draws near, and Parliament prepares for a vote that will change the course of the nation, Elizabeth uncovers a conspiracy that has been years in the making. But time is running out for her to see justice done.
A Lady in the Smoke was a bit different but a great mystery. It seemed to be a combination of two genres - Literary Fiction and Historical Mysteries. I found that fascinating.
I have never really been interested all that much in the history of railroads whether in England or the United States and so haven’t given them much thought. However, I found the historical information in this story to be quite interesting. I haven’t read any tales in the past that included any such material so in that sense I found it to be a bit different than the norm.
The feel and flavor of the Victorian age was executed quite well. From what I have read in the past on this era it was very accurate.
The mystery itself was intriguing. The characters had depth and dimension. Overall, a very enjoyable read. I will be on the lookout for more to come from this author.