About the Book
Book: Midnight on the River Grey
Author: Abigail Wilson
Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery
Release date: July 2, 2019
Abigail Wilson returns to Regency England with another tale of murder, mystery, and romance.
After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible-Mr. Lewis Browning-known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian. He alone was on the bridge that fateful night and openly admits striking her brother with his horse, but he claims he remembers little else.
Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation. Yet, Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and whether she too will follow the same heartbreaking path.
Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Lewis, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?
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This book intrigued me from the minute I heard about it.
I’d read Abigail Wilson’s debut novel, In The Shadow of Croft Towers, and found that one to be an excellent read. ( I think I actually liked this one a tiny bit better!)
I found this to be an incredibly riveting historical fiction suspense novel.
Here’s one thing that gave me a clue, right off…I really don’t care very much for stories that are written in first person.
This one is.
I didn’t even notice…until it was pointed out in another review I was reading….
yep. I was that engrossed in the story while I was reading it.
I love mysteries, and am fascinated by those Regency England days.
This story line has you jumping right into the thick of it, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, or where it would take me.
Rebecca is extremely suspicious of her guardian, Mr. Browning, and has assumed the worst of him–that he is the one responsible for her brother Jacob’s death.
Now, Browning (or Lewis, as he tells her to call him) sells the place she called home, and arranged for Rebecca and her Aunt Jo to come live with him. She wanted to be outraged, but then remembers that this would give her the perfect opportunity to investigate her brother’s death.
How does that sound for a good beginning?
The heroine is feisty and determined.
The hero…well…I’m assuming that this will be Mr. Browning…and he leaves you wondering a bit, at the first.
Yes, the entire story moves right along at a rapid pace. You quickly find yourself with Rebecca in the middle of something. Not quite sure what or where. Rebecca is determined to find out who killed her brother, and the more she looks for clues, the more the mystery deepens. She’s not sure who she can trust.
I enjoyed getting to know Rebecca. And Lewis. And seeing the progression of events. This story is just filled with unexpected events. You can’t see from one corner to the next!
If you enjoy historical fiction, especially ones involving a mystery, and a hint of romance, then look no further!
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About the Author
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children. Connect with Abigail at www.acwilsonbooks.com; Instagram: acwilsonbooks; Facebook: ACWilsonbooks; Twitter: @acwilsonbooks.
An excerpt from Midnight on the River Grey
My heartbeat turned sluggish as an ache swelled in the back of my throat. This man—the
person responsible for my brother’s death—expected me to live with him? In his house? Madness.
“And if we refuse?”
“I’m afraid there is little choice in the matter at this point. The arrangements are already complete.”
Mr. Browning narrowed his blue eyes, scrutinizing me, no doubt, as the numbing shock of his declaration faded to resignation across my face. He sighed. “I do realize Greybourne Hall might hold unfortunate associations for you—”
“Unfortunate?” My voice came out a bit louder than I’d expected. “Is that what you choose to call it?”
He gave a sideways glance at Aunt Jo then returned to me, a pained look hovering about his eyes. His voice, however, remained firm. “Forgive me if I startled you. I hadn’t expected such a violent reaction to what I assumed was the logical next step. Perhaps I should make myself a bit clearer.” He gave a curt sigh. “I only intend for you to stay at Greybourne Hall till some place more suitable can be arranged. Unfortunately, there are few options at present.”
Ice enveloped my heart. I had no wish to travel to, let alone live at that dreadful house, not even for a single night. In his letters, Jacob had described the rambling structure as a gray pile of stones fit for vampires, or worse. I could only image Mr. Browning, this dark-headed devil before me, at home in such a place.
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