I received an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Splendour Falls is the first book I’ve read by Susanna Kearsley, although I knew about the author and have The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden on my list of books I want to read. I am particularly excited to read The Winter Sea as I’ve heard good things, so upon seeing The Splendour Falls being published 1 Jan 2014, I was curious.
Emily Braden is a young English girl who agreed to go on holiday with her cousin, Harry, to Chinon, France. Harry is interested in the history of the Plantagenets, I could even say he is an expert, and part of the reason he is going there is to look for the “treasure”(a casket of jewels it is to believed) Queen Isabelle left in the tunnels of an old castle in Chinon centuries ago. Harry, being unreliable, is nowhere to be found when Emily reaches France. Luckily their hotel rooms were booked, so Emily settled in and made friends with some of the other guests staying at Hôtel de France.
There she learns of another mystery involving a young chambermaid, also called Isabelle, who fell in love with a German soldier during the German occupation. The romance ended in tragedy, but one thing that is surprising is that she also left a “treasure” behind. Diamonds it is. While Emily is exploring her surroundings she came upon something that makes her believe that her cousin Harry hasn’t abandoned her, but he might be missing. She started to take more notice of strange things that happened since she got there. She had reason to, because soon after she and her new friend, Paul, started putting things together he died as he “fell” off the wall of the château. It later resurfaced that he was murdered and the person she suspect to be behind it, didn’t do it. So, who did?
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this novel, this is exactly my type of book. I read it in no time and I loved how Kearsley described her setting. I feel sometimes not everyone gets it right, because I’ve read many books where I am bored by that part of the novel, but I was intrigued when I read this book. I could see the château, the Hôtel de France, the river at night, the sinister and dark tunnels and I enjoyed exploring Chinon with Emily. The mystery aspect made me read ahead, that I finished this book in a day. Reading The Splendour Falls has convinced me that I need to pick up The Winter Sea that has been waiting on my shelfs for a long time…
According to my knowledge, this book will be published on 1st of January, so if you like cozy mysteries, then you should consider picking this one up!