A very enjoyable crime novel. Lord Renfield, whose stately home has been in the family for generations, is nearly bankrupt and he and his wife are desperate to keep the house in the family. Their plan is to lure a wealthy American into marrying their daughter. But there are secrets in both their own lives and in the Renfield family’s past that threaten to scupper their plans.
With a plot containing blackmail as well as several murders, some secondary characters who are more rounded than in many crime novels, good pacing, and good style, this is a novel that I relished to the end.
by Michael C
Great read. The author wrote a story that was interesting and moved at a pace that kept me engaged. The characters were easy to invest in.
Tongued With Fire is a fantastic mystery that is well written and has great characters. I loved this book and want to read more from this author.
Crime, murder, debt, revenge, family, image, obsession, past impacting the present...so many emotions and motivations in this book!
Lord Renfield is in debt and the only way he can see a solution to solve his money woes is to marry off his daughter to a wealthy man. He has a man in mind but his daughter is definitely not interested. The man Jessica IS interested in is…something else, indeed. Jessica’s mother projects the perfect image of a baroness but seems to have a dark side...and BOY is it dark! Renfield’s past as an officer comes into play and almost plays him. There is a LOT going on in this book with strings to follow and untangle with some leading to new clues that lead to other threads until the very end. It kept me on my toes from beginning to end and I enjoyed following the story, the characters and trying to figure out what would happen next and how the story would be wrapped up in the end. If there is anything I would like a bit more of it would be to know some of the characters and their back stories a little bit better.
Norman Russell is an academic writer and novelist.An Oxford Scandal is the third in his Inspector Antrobus series of novels set in the ancient university city in the last years of the nineteenth century. He has had twenty novels published, including his Victorian thrillers featuring Inspector Box, and the Inspector Jackson series, set in rural Warwickshire. His published academic works include The Novelist and Mammon (1986), contributions to The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens (1999)and annotated texts of Catholic interest translated from French. He is a graduate of Oxford and London universities, and a Member of the Society of Authors.