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A Mischief in the Snow by Margaret Miles

By Margaret Miles

A wintry weather of discontent...

January 1766. a deadly mishap brings younger widow Charlotte Willett all of sudden to bleak and marshy Boar Island, a number of miles from the village of Bracebridge and residential to 2 eccentric aged ladies. a few say that smug, unpopular Alexander Godwin — the single villager to on a regular basis name upon the island's citizens — hopes to inherit the cavernous condominium while its proprietor ultimately passes on.

But while Alexander is brutally murdered after the town's annual wintry weather fête, Charlotte and her neighbor Richard Longfellow can not help yet ask yourself who between Alexander's detractors will be liable. Is his loss of life attached to his actions on Boar Island — or to the unearthly trickery rumored to occur there? may well the competition over a stunning younger girl have sparked a extra risky ardour? and should the solutions show themselves prior to loss of life moves Boar Island back?

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This led to a rocky point. Beyond, she was sure, was a long drop to the marshes. Charlotte shuddered and looked back, startled anew by a feeling that they had been joined by someone else. She had glimpsed an odd movement; though perhaps it had been no more than a reflection of her borrowed splendor as she'd turned. “We'll have no more,” said Mrs. Knowles, “on that subject. Instead, let me tell you something of my younger days. You may be interested to learn I was once little more than a prisoner here, kept by my father.

Wallpaper, too, is used to imitate groined vaults, and stone stairways…” As the description went on, Charlotte grew astonished at the remarkable coincidence. Hadn't she seen something similar that very afternoon, not ten miles away? “All of this falls, of course, under a term that is well known,” Longfellow said at last. ” she suggested, recalling the title page of the book she'd recently put down. She received a smile of approval. “An architectural style,” he went on to explain, “involving pointed arches, spires, buttresses, gargoyles—things found in the cathedrals of Europe.

At least, Diana assured them with marked coldness, this was true for one. She told them, too, that Edmund refused to allow himself to share her grief, no doubt for the sake of his duties. The captain was a King's officer, of course. But could this have hardened him to the death of his firstborn son and heir? Considering his respect for his own noble family, and his love for Diana, Charlotte could not bring herself to believe it. Though she had no way of knowing the real reason for his absence, she did know that heart-lessness was not a part of Edmund Montagu's character.

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