Tracey Warr, Historical Novel Society

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This is the second outing for the 18th-century sleuths and every bit as rewarding as the first book in the series. At times the tongue-in-cheek Gothic is a little overblown, and some aspects of the plot seem a little unlikely, but such minor gripes can easily be forgiven in this highly enjoyable read. An effective use of letters rattles the story along. The gentle comedy of Chaytor and Hardcastle’s friendship is delightful, and the storytelling hurtles the reader along at an irresistible pace. I look forward to Chaytor and Hardcastle’s next outing.

Kate, For Winter Nights

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‘The Body in the Ice evokes a world of Georgian country villages that revolve around their church and manor house, with a dash of smuggling thrown in as this is the Kentish coast. It is richly atmospheric and wonderfully written, with just the right proportions of domestic and national politics, murder and polite conversation. The ending put me on the edge of my seat – there comes a time when manners have to be put to one side. I will most definitely be following this series from now on. I’m looking forward to The Body in the Boat very much.

Ellen Hill, Discovering Diamonds

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[…] ‘The plot of this gripping tale thickens with an American family desperate to take possession of their ancestral home, a French spy, and secrets and revenge all adding to this intriguing mystery.
To say more will spoil a riveting and most exciting read …’

Clues & Reviews

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[…] ‘Upon picking up the novel, I realized right away it reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes novel, Downtown Abbey or Clue! Relying purely on old-school detective work and amateur sleuthing, each character in the novel brought their backgrounds and, in turn, they became invested and focused on the investigation.   I found myself getting lost in the language and in the time period; Mackenzie does a brilliant job at ensuring you are planted firmly in 1796 during the entire read!  It was nice to be able to read a mystery that is character driven and plot focused instead of relying on flashy technology.‘[…]