Book Review: A Rose Before Dying

Review of A Rose Before Dying by Amy Corwin

Book Review by Eve Culley

A Rose Before Dying by Amy Corwin is a charming and clean historical novel. It has romance and mystery in a good combination.

Charles Vance, the Earl of Castlemoor, hijacks the role of investigator along with The Second Sons Inquiry Agency when his uncle, Sir Edward, is involved in the death of Sir Edward’s ex-mistress. The bodies continue to pile up all pointing to Sir Edward’s guilt as the murderer. Charles continues to try against formidable odds to prove his uncle’s innocence. Time is running out for both he and his uncle.

Different varieties of roses with cryptic notes are the clues as to who could be the next victim scheduled to die sending Charles scurrying back and forth between London and his uncle’s cottage in Rye, a day’s journey away. There are coroner’s inquests, spiteful servants, street urchins needing help, ladies in distress, an unwanted fiancé, and one very tired Earl of Castlemoor. Will his efforts be enough to keep his uncle from hanging?

About the Author

Amy Corwin is a member of Mystery Writers of America and a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She has been writing for a number of years and recently retired from a career as an enterprise systems administrator in the computer industry to write full time. She writes mysteries, sweet Regency romances, and paranormal romances. To be truthful, most of her books include a bit of murder and mayhem since she discovered that killing off at least one character is a highly effective way of encouraging the remaining ones to toe the plot line. In her spare time she cooks, gardens and has won several awards at local rose shows for her Old Garden and English roses. She is also a birdwatcher and generally fascinated with nature, having gotten her first Peterson's Field Guide when she was six years old. Join her and discover that every good mystery has a touch of romance. You can find Amy online at her Amazon Page.

About the Reviewer

My hubby and I were missionaries in the 70’s and 80’s raising money for Bibles, New Testaments, Book of John, paper, ink and helped set up a couple of print shops in churches. We traveled with our 2 small boys with our base here in Texas.

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