In a small, turn-of-the-century western town, a young lady is missing. Charity's fiance is sure she has been kidnapped, until a detective turns up looking for a woman that fits her description. But Mrs Meade, a shrewd and gentle older lady has her own ideas about what became of Charity.
This mystery kept me guessing until the very end, with a couple of good twists to throw me right off the trail. Mrs Meade reminds me of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. A Western Miss Marple.
Elisabeth has turned out another great story with spot on characterizations, an expert eye for historical detail and a voice that is reminescent of nineteenth century novelists. One could say she breaks the rules with longer sentences and detailed descriptions, but for me it adds to the atmosphere, grounding the reader firmly in the era. I'm looking forward to the next Mrs Meade mystery.
The Silver Shawl can be bought from Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords. US$1.50.
You can visit Elisabeth at her blog: The Second Sentence.
And isn't the cover just perfect?