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Title/Author: A Daughter’s Doubt (Mary MacDougall Mysteries)/ Richard Audry
Genre: Historical Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Conger Road Press
Date of publish: March 2016
Book Links: Amazon / Goodreads / Riffle
About The Book:
Mary MacDougall’s first case of 1902 seems simple enough.
Just before the 19-year-old heiress leaves for a summer holiday on Mackinac Island with her Aunt Christena, she’s hired to stop in a little town along the way and make inquiries. Did Agnes Olcott really die there of cholera? Or were there darker doings in Dillmont?
Mary’s mentor, Detective Sauer, thinks it’s merely a case of bad luck for the dead woman. But Mrs. Olcott’s daughter suspects her detested stepfather played a hand in her mother’s untimely death.
With the reluctant help of her aunt and her dear friend Edmond Roy, the young detective struggles to reveal the true fate of Agnes Olcott. As she digs ever deeper, the enemy Mary provokes could spell disaster for herself and the people she loves. But in the end, it’s the only way to banish a daughter’s doubt.
What Others Are Saying:
The mystery itself was interesting and fast paced. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen until it was revealed …
~I Wish I Lived In a Library
I loved this book with it’s historical aspects and I also enjoyed learning about the fun things they did in the summer in Mackinac Island …
Mary MacDougall is heiress with a passion for detective work. Having previously helped solve two cases, she is eager to jump into a case of her own and become a consulting detective. She gets her chance when a local police detective sends her a lead about a young woman who believes that her mother may have been murdered.
What starts out as a simple inquiry into the circumstances of the woman’s death leads Mary and her Aunt into fearsome adventure where all of may’s quick wits and tenacity will be needed.
I LOVE great historical fiction and this book delivers. From the descriptions of the tableaux vivants in the beginning of the book to details of travel, dress, and healthcare, this book is written with a deep understanding of the time period that pulls the reader in. You can feel and commiserate with Mary and her confusion of how she fits into her society when what she wants seems to be at odds.
Despite being the pampered daughter of a millionaire, Mary is at once likable and relate-able. What makes a story though are the side characters. Each adds something into the mix. I love how Aunt Christene is not your typical “maiden aunt” of the time. The folks of Dillmont’s loyalty to the good Doctor Applegate was an interesting story point and I enjoyed the twist of not knowing if he was a good guy or bad guy until the very end.
I did like the fact that although Mary was able to use her persistence and determination to keep moving forward with her case, that there were real consequences to her actions. Cozy mysteries don’t often give the characters a chance to grow.
This is the third installment of the Mary MacDougall Mysteries and though many references were made to the previous two adventures, this book works well as a stand alone. I do plan on playing catch up with the first books.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author:
Richard Audry is the pen name of D. R. Martin. As Richard Audry, he is the author of the King Harald Mystery Series
and the A Mary MacDougall Mystery series. Under his own name he has written the Johnny Graphic middle-grade ghost adventure series, the Marta Hjelm mystery, Smoking Ruin, and two books of literary commentary: Travis McGee & Me; and Four Science Fiction Masters.
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