on July 14, 2010
I also found the beginning a bit stilted, like an old fashioned children's book. It wasn't long, however, before the book picked up steam and I was caught up in the story. I ended up really enjoying the book and look forward to a sequel.
The historical detail and believable, interesting, characters make this a great book for the historical mystery reader. I read Dandy Detects (her short story with the same setting, available here on Smashwords) and then had to buy Maids of Misfortune. Now I keep checking back for a sequel!