The May Quillink Crime Mystery Collection of Victorian Novellas: ingenious plots with twists and turns designed to engage the reader to the last page.
The Secret of The Golden Christmas Cracker
This is no ordinary Christmas cracker.
And these are no ordinary lovers.
A box of Christmas crackers falls off a carriage in London. But who lost them?
By chance, a passer-by picks it up and takes it home. The crackers are handed out at a festive lunch laid on by Colonel Warwell in Hampshire. Afterwards, Warwell disturbs an intruder where he is staying. And the brave colonel gets thwacked with a cudgel. But what was the ruffian searching for?
Then, on Christmas Eve, a surprise revelation links a pair of ardent lovers to the growing conundrum. The amateur detectives, Warwell and Knowles, learn of the mysterious couple’s clandestine rendezvous. But what else were the lovers scheming about?
Determined to find out, the pair head to London, the starting point of the mystery. And they team up with the brainy Thomas Pope and the resourceful Chief Inspector Bullington. Will the band of sleuths discover the answers?
Or is the riddle of the golden Christmas cracker just too difficult to crack?
The Secret of The Golden Christmas Cracker written by May Quillink is an engaging mystery novel that would keep you reading to the very end.
Set during the Victorian era, it gives you the feel of a classic detective story just like the Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle. Instead of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, however, you’d find a new batch of clever characters consisting of five friends bound by their love of solving mysteries.
Being the third book of “The May Quillink Crime Mystery Collection”, it follows the adventures of Colonel Warwell and his friends as they try to uncover the mystery behind the Christmas cracker that accidentally fell into their hands.
From the very first pages, you’d get hooked at each scene’s cinematic quality. You can almost picture being there, hearing the trotting horses among the cobblestones and gaslit streets.
Set during the Christmas season, it is all the more enticing, inviting you to travel back in time back when things were simpler yet nevertheless never less beautiful.
The imagery in this story is superb, I could almost see the sumptuous food being shared by the characters of this story. I could almost smell the aroma of coffee being served on a cold winter’s day.
Maybe this is one of the reasons why despite being classified as a historical mystery, this book also felt like a cozy mystery to me. I can snuggle into bed with a hot chocolate and simply enjoy the treat of reading how Colonel Warwell and his friends get to solve their holiday mystery.
The plot was deftly crafted, I was pleased with the new pieces of evidence being discovered each time. It also flowed at just the right pace.
I also loved the group of friends who had this passion for solving mysteries. I wanted to be among them! I guess the only thing I wanted to improve here is how I could differentiate each character more. I wanted to know the people who had been speaking even without knowing their names.
Overall, this is a mystery novel that could be a true classic-in-the-making. I recommend it to fans of mystery novels, especially for those who enjoy the Victorian setting.
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