The Blackstone Key : Number 1 in series, Paperback Book

The Blackstone Key : Number 1 in series Paperback

Part of the Mary Finch series

3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


1795, and a young woman called Mary Finch travels in haste from Cambridge to the Suffolk coast.

She has been invited to meet her wealthy uncle - and so end a twenty-year estrangement.

But before she reaches her destination she discovers a dying man on the road.

He is a stranger, and yet he is carrying an oddly familiar watch bearing her uncle's initials.

He also seems to know who Mary is, and hints that she is in terrible danger.

His whispered warning soon exposes Mary to a ruthless conspiracy that threatens not only her family's reputation, but her very life.

Far from home, Mary must learn quickly how to distinguish friend from foe.

Can she trust the two men who want to help her? What is their interest in the mysterious Blackstone Key?

Does it guard a secret treasure, or might it have a more sinister purpose...?The first in an exciting new mystery series, The Blackstone Key is a gripping and vivid historical adventure that will appeal to fans of such classic tales as Jamaica Inn.


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Mary Finch travels to her uncles and on the way she meets a dying man who warns her she is in danger and has her uncles watch. She is aided by the dashing Captian Holland and Paul Deprez who both seem to be after her attentions. This book starts really well, but then for most of the middle section of the book the story seems to lose it's sparkle. The last section of the book picks up again and all ends well. Mary is quite likeable and to me seemed like a Miss Marple type character but a younger version. Captian Holland is very dashing and has all the ladies swooning after him, and I think we haven't seen the last of Deprez. An ok read but could have been a lot better as I think the story lost the plot abit in the middle.

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While occasionally this story lagged a bit overall it had interesting echoes of Daphne Du Maurier and other writers like that. Our heroine, Mary Finch, leaves teaching to meet her estranged wealthy uncle and along the way finds herself nursing a dying man which leads to being embroiled in mystery and peril and a friendship which might lead to love.Written by a history scholar the details are well done and there is attention to the propriety of some of what Mary does, even if she does have a tendency to blunder in where angels might fear to thread!I enjoyed it, made me want to go back and re-read some Daphne Du Maurier, which I devoured when I was a teen.

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This was a nice book with some unexpected twists and turns in the story. I liked the ending even though it might have been a bit predictable. I'm not going to activly search for the 'next' books in this serie, but if any of them would wander upon my path I wouldn't be averse to reading it!