Murder at the Seven Dials Book Review

Murder at the Seven Dials Book Review

Title: Murder at the Seven Dials: A Bow Street Duchess Mystery
Author: Cara Devlin
Published: January 17, 2023
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $18.00 Hardcover, $3.99 Kindle

Anyone who loves historical thrillers will want to read Murder at the Seven Dials, the first novel in the Bow Street Duchess mystery series by Cara Devlin. Audrey Sinclair, the Duchess of Fournier, and her husband, Phillip, the Duke of Fournier have a marital secret, which makes Audrey sure her husband doesn’t keep a mistress. The Duke is found covered in blood in some rented rooms located in the Seven Dials, a seedy part of London, with a murdered opera singer. The Duke is arrested by a Bow Street officer, Hugh Marsden, who is sure he is guilty and rejoices in starting a scandal among the English gentry. Audrey decides to conduct an investigation on her own to vindicate her husband, and Marsden becomes worried about her safety. He feels he has no choice but to help her with her investigation to keep her out of trouble, which is difficult because Audrey is pushy and puts herself in danger more than once.

Devlin does an excellent job of developing the main characters. Audrey Sinclair is an excellent protagonist, and is very likeable. Hugh Marsden is the perfect character to go against Audrey, as he is also well-developed, albeit more of a commoner. The characters are believable and Devlin has done her research to make them fitting for the time. The novel is set in England during the regency period, and the scenarios seem to fit the time period.

All told, this is a fun novel with a bit of romance, a bit of paranormal, and a bit of building suspense from the beginning through to the end. Most readers will find that they will want to read all of the subsequent novels in the series.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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