A House Divided

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Pub Date 01 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2022

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Stranded at a house party - when a murderer strikes!

May 1861, Victorian England. When Matthew and Harriet Rowsley are invited to a house party at Clunston Park by Matthew's cousin, Colonel Barrington Rowsley and his wife Lady Hortensia, Harriet is nervous - surely the aristocratic guests will snub her? After all, they are but mere servants in their eyes! Her fears are realised on their first evening when the only person who deigns to speak to her is the spiteful Grafin Weiser and confirmed when she commits a major faux-pas at the cricket match the following day.

But there's no escape! The cricket match is abandoned due to a storm, and flooding leaves the house guests stranded. Things worsen when Grafin Weiser is found murdered and the finger is quickly pointed at Clara, an eleven-year-old maid as the culprit. Convinced that she cannot be guilty, Harriet and Matthew agree to investigate.

The aristocratic fa�ade begins to crumble under their scrutiny, and they start to unlock the secrets of Clunston Park. Why does the Colonel allow his bullying friend Major Jameson so much leeway? Is there more to the befuddled Lord Pidgeon than meets the eye? Harriet and Matthew must uncover the truth, before they find themselves in deadly danger.

Stranded at a house party - when a murderer strikes!

May 1861, Victorian England. When Matthew and Harriet Rowsley are invited to a house party at Clunston Park by Matthew's cousin, Colonel Barrington...


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I really enjoyed this Victorian murder mystery book. It gave me lots of Agatha Christie vibes. A stately home, host to a weekend cricket party, cut off by a storm, when a murder takes place and the whole house falls under suspicion. The books main characters, Matthew and Harriet Rowsley had a wonderful relationship together and worked so well as a crime solving duo. Harriet’s vulnerability throughout the story was very endearing. I liked her immediately, she was such a charming, kind, caring woman. There was lots going on in the story which kept me turning the pages, I had no idea who the murderer was and was shocked at the ending. This is book four in a series and after reading this i will definitely be reading the others.

Thank you to @NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I love historical mysteries and it is because of books like this. I loved the writing, I loved the characters and the storyline was so gripping and kep tme engaged the whole way through. A really enjoyable read.

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Wonderfully Woven…
The second Harriet & Matthew Rowsley mystery set in a Victorian England. A genteel country house party brings murder and mystery and, although guests, the amateur sleuthing duo agree to investigate. As tensions escalate, more questions arise. A wonderfully woven historical mystery in traditional vein, well plotted and with a gloriously crafted cast of characters. Wholly enjoyable and a worthy addition to this well written series.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I just love delving into the Rowsley's lives and situations! We're back again with Matthew and Harriet attending a house party thrown by Matthew's cousin, Colonel Rowsley and his wife. Secrets, murder, class bias, and mystery abound in this latest installment. Matthew and Harriet combine their formidable forces to tackle a murder, while trying to stay alive and protect a young witness. This was a fantastic, engaging read that I all-too-quickly devoured!

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Thrilling Victorian mystery that transports the reader and is filled with atmosphere and characters you remember long after you have finished the book. The author has gone on my must-read list for 2023.

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"Stranded at a house party - when a murderer strikes.

May 1861, Victorian England. When Matthew and Harriet Rowsley are invited to a house party at Clunston Park by Matthew's cousin, Colonel Barrington Rowsley and his wife Lady Hortensia, Harriet is nervous - surely the aristocratic guests will snub her? After all, they are but mere servants in their eyes Her fears are realised on their first evening when the only person who deigns to speak to her is the spiteful Grafin Weiser and confirmed when she commits a major faux-pas at the cricket match the following day.

But there's no escape The cricket match is abandoned due to a storm, and flooding leaves the house guests stranded. Things worsen when Grafin Weiser is found murdered and the finger is quickly pointed at Clara, an eleven-year-old maid as the culprit. Convinced that she cannot be guilty, Harriet and Matthew agree to investigate.

The aristocratic facade begins to crumble under their scrutiny, and they start to unlock the secrets of Clunston Park. Why does the Colonel allow his bullying friend Major Jameson so much leeway? Is there more to the befuddled Lord Pidgeon than meets the eye? Harriet and Matthew must uncover the truth, before they find themselves in deadly danger."

Oh, people trapped in a house with secrets, oh no, what could possibly go wrong? Murder you say!?!

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A house party turns deadly in this well crafted mystery set in 1861, Matthew and Harriett alternately tell the tale which is also a bit of interesting commentary on class during the period -Harriett is a former housekeeper. And she's unfamiliar with cricket. While it's the fourth in the series, it will be fine as a standalone. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good read for fans of historical mysteries.

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I like Matthew and Harriet Rowsley mysteries and liked this one even if I felt for Harriet during the first part of the book.
The mystery is solid and the secrets behind the facade made us see a world less genteel than one can think.
Another well researched and well plotted historical mystery.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine

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Intriguing Victorian mystery!

I loved everything about this not so cosy Murder mystery. The relationship between husband and wife, Harriet and Matthew Rowsley is quite lovely.
The newly married couple have been asked to a country house party by Matthew’s cousin. Harriet is not enamoured. There will be those who will look down on her as she was once the housekeeper, and now the custodian of the lovely property, Thorncroft House, it’s library and Roman ruins.
But go they do and Harriet is rather put on what with a murder, a young girl being accused of theft, then another murder, attempted murder. Not to mention her treatment by her host Hortensia. Grrr! As the time progresses some shattering truths are revealed about the various members of the party.
I loved the way the author takes chapter about giving us the position of seeing events from Harriet’s side and then Matthew’s. I fumed at the polite put downs Harriet had to endure.
I have begun to read earlier novels in the series and am enjoying them as thoroughly as this.

A Severn House ARC via NetGalley.
Many thanks to the author and publisher.

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1861. The Rowsley are invited by Matthew's cousin, Colonel Barrington to a house party. When a death occurs and a maid accused they investigate. But they are trapped in the house by a violent storm and are faced with hostility from some of the other guests.
Another entertaining and well-written Victorian mystery with its likeable and interesting characters. A good addition to this series which can easily be read as a standalone story.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Leaving Thorncroft House behind for a few days, Matthew and Harriet Rowsley are invited to a house party by Matthew's cousin at Clunston Park where an eclectic group of people has gathered and where the atmosphere is rather icy among the various guests. Soon someone is murdered, a young maid stands accused of the crime and the icy atmosphere becomes unbearably dark and poisonous...

A delightful Victorian murder mystery, a drawing room drama and a comedy of maners that skillfully put to light the various issues that concerned class distinction in English society during the 1860s. Judith Cutler offers the reader a cleverly plotted whodunit and a brilliant fictional tapestry of human eccentricities
weaknesses and wickednesses that often reminded me of Anthony Trollope's world.

With its cast of exquisitely drawn characters and very impressive dialogues, this delicious novel was a treat to savor from start to finish

Many thanks to Severn House and Netgalley for this terrific ARC

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