Book Review: A Haunting at Linley


In this seventh book of the series, Clive and Henrietta return to England to find Castle Linley in financial ruin. When Clive’s cousin, Wallace, invites an estate agent in to assess the home’s value, the agent is later found poisoned, throwing all of the Castle’s guests into suspicion. Clive and Henrietta are soon drawn into an investigation, which is slowed by an incompetent local inspector and several unexplained phenomena—the cause of which many, especially the frail Lady Linley, believe to be the workings of the ghost of a hanged maid.

Meanwhile, Gunther and Elsie have begun  life on a farm in Omaha. Circumstances are difficult, but they are content—until Oldrich Exely appears, proposing an option Elsie finds difficult to ignore. Melody Merriweather, still masquerading as a nun to aid Elsie’s escape, likewise finds it difficult to ignore a letter with tragic news from home, while Julia, on the other hand, receives a very different sort of letter from Glenn Forbes.

Back in England, Clive is called away to London on suspicious business, leaving Henrietta to carry on with the investigation alone. When she is mysteriously locked in the study one night, however, things take on a more deadly, supernatural feel, leaving her to fear that  Lady Linley's “ghost” might just be real after all…

My Review

It is always so bittersweet when you have to say goodbye to characters that you have really grown to love. That is how I feel about this book. I both savored the book by wanting to read it slowly but read it fast as I was intrigued by Clive and Henrietta's final mystery. 

Henrietta has come a long way from when she and Clive first solved mysteries together. She has slowly taken the lead on a couple of occasions. The mysterious "paranormal" aspect of this story did pique my curiosity as to how it would all play out. 

Thank you Michelle to introducing me to Clive and Henrietta. They will always have a special place in my heart. If you love a good mystery story with endearing characters, then you have to check out this series. 


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