The Heir of Hawksclaw
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Some families will do anything to protect their secrets...
In this short novella of about 80 pages, when governess Medora Yates sets out for mysterious Hawksclaw House in the dying days of 1856, she has no idea what is in store. Hired to care for her employers’ young son, she arrives in Yorkshire to find the boy too sick to meet her or Gerard Redfern, the new tutor. When surly Mr. Hawksclaw abruptly announces the next day that his son has died, Medora and Redfern know that there is far more to the matter than he is telling them.
Was the child murdered, perhaps even by one of his parents? Or is the story of his death a lie to conceal something else just as sinister? Medora and Redfern decide to investigate, but their task is a difficult one. The boy’s fragile, grieving mother is in no position to help them, and the servants are unwilling to confide in the newcomers, especially Mrs. Hawksclaw’s loyal maid, Constance, whose fate is entangled more closely with that of her employers than anyone but Medora knows. Along the way their investigation will unearth dark family secrets, past tragedy, and the true fate of the heir of Hawksclaw... which all culminate in an astonishing act of redemption.
Readers who enjoy the Victorian mysteries of Anne Perry and Barbara Michaels, as well as those who have come to love DeWees’s Victorian romantic suspense novels, will relish The Heir of Hawksclaw.
Good Characters, Weird Plot
I have read at least four other books and novellas by Amanda DeWees but I found this book a little too weird for my tastes. I’m not in to the idea of polygamous relationships or three-way marriages, which is the aspect of this book that left me scratching my head. But I think the author is great. It was nice hearing more about Medora Yates.
If it’s your first time reading an Amanda DeWees book I’d recommend starting with the Sybil Ingram series instead.