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3.5 stars I really wanted to like this one better The first few chapters were charming and looked like a promising set up for a mystery, but once it got fairly started, it was the way the mystery investigation was handled that frustrated me a bit Perhaps I ve been spoiled a bit by reading so many top notch Golden Age mysteries Both Miss Unwin s investigations and Sergeant Drewd s seemed awfully haphazard, each new inquiry prompted by something that had just handily turned up And the scene 3.5 stars I really wanted to like this one better The first few chapters were charming and looked like a promising set up for a mystery, but once it got fairly started, it was the way the mystery investigation was handled that frustrated me a bit Perhaps I ve been spoiled a bit by reading so many top notch Golden Age mysteries Both Miss Unwin s investigations and Sergeant Drewd s seemed awfully haphazard, each new inquiry prompted by something that had just handily turned up And the scene where Miss Unwin thinks and thinks and can t imagine a single possible motive for anybody in the house good heavens, girl, use your imagination I could think of thousands And then, I knew who the murderer was right from the scene where the murder was discovered I didn t know the motive till it was explained later on, but I knew who Oh, well The Victorian setting was nicely done, and it s a clean read too, a pleasant surprise for a later mid 1980s book The light old fashioned style is a nice fit for the era of the story I actually wouldn t have guessed it was written in the 80s without being told So if you re looking for a pleasant mystery but don t expect anything too challenging, The Governess is a pretty nice one Incidentally, the Bloomsbury Reader ebook edition is evidently missing a sizeable chunk of conversation near the end of Chapter 15 The gist of it is mentioned in the subsequent chapter, so the only thing you really miss out on is apparently the fleshing out of a supporting character suspect This British mystery is written as if it is London in 1870 Harriet Unwin has worked herself up from being a parish orphan sent out as household help to now becoming a governess of a young boy in one of the grand houses of London In an unexpected stroke of luck, another of the parish orphans who had been her good friend growing up was also working as a maid in the same household The Master of the House being a member of the Nouveau Riche, was a stickler for proper protocol The Master Thacke This British mystery is written as if it is London in 1870 Harriet Unwin has worked herself up from being a parish orphan sent out as household help to now becoming a governess of a young boy in one of the grand houses of London In an unexpected stroke of luck, another of the parish orphans who had been her good friend growing up was also working as a maid in the same household The Master of the House being a member of the Nouveau Riche, was a stickler for proper protocol The Master Thackerton demanded a nightly whisky and seltzer just before he went to bed Things began to go terribly wrong when the master was stabbed to death right after receiving his nightly drink And Miss Unwin was the prime suspect A Victorian cozy mystery written by H.R.F Keating under a pen name This is the first in a trilogy It was a fun, light, quick read for me Overdramatic and unrealistic, especially in the portrayal of the stubborn police inspector However, it was a pleasant romp with lots of atmosphere and dealings with the downstairs goings on in a Victorian household The mystery was not too complicated beinginvolved in proving the governess s innocence than in a real secret of who the perpetrator was A Victorian cozy mystery written by H.R.F Keating under a pen name This is the first in a trilogy It was a fun, light, quick read for me Overdramatic and unrealistic, especially in the portrayal of the stubborn police inspector However, it was a pleasant romp with lots of atmosphere and dealings with the downstairs goings on in a Victorian household The mystery was not too complicated beinginvolved in proving the governess s innocence than in a real secret of who the perpetrator was but, the reveal for motive at the end was amusing Nothing too stimulating but an entertaining cozy read to which I d most certainly read the sequels For such a short book it was a slough of boring and repetitive conversations and internal monologue from a plain as paper heroine No voice, and a simplistic mystery. ( Kindle ) ⚖ The Governess ⚔ When Harriet Unwin takes the position of governess in the well to do Thackerton household, it would seem that fortune has smiled on her at last That is until William Thackerton is found stabbed, and Harriet accused of murderIn a desperate attempt to prove her innocence, she embarks on a daring scheme to save herself from the gallows In doing so she uncovers the dark secrets which the family is trying to hide behind a veneer of Victorian respectability Slow and predictable Obvious who did the murders, but why was a little bit of a surprise After a slow and rather dull tale the very end was quite climactic The cover was by far better than the story. A detective story set in the Victorian times A bleak copy cat of Conan Doyle s and Christie s style, leaves much to be desired However, the plot is original Might help to kill time aboard a plane or train. I have to confess that H R F writes at his best when writing inspector Ghote books In can only say the end is better than most the book. Review coming soon