TITLE: THE KEEPER OF SECRETS
AUTHOR: JUDITH CUTLER
It's 1810 and young parson Tobias Campion is about to start his ministry at the parish of Moreton Hall. He spends his first night there at his distant cousin's stately home, where he has to safe a beautiful young servant, Lizzie Woodman from a brutish attack.
Tobias soon befriends the local doctor, Edmund Hansard and settles into his work. But he can't help feeling disquiet about the goings on in his parish.
Then young Lizzie disappears, only to be found murdered and Tobias and his friend Edmund set out to find out exactly what happened to her and why. A quest that endangers not just themselves, but other locals as well.
Maybe not a great mystery, but a very well written book, full of historical detail yet very easy to read.
I wouldn't mind if this turned out to be the first book in a series.