I'm sorry I'm finished this book! I enjoyed so many aspects of it. The setting of the Victorian Era, the intelligence and strength with which the characters were endowed, the manner in which the story progressed and unfolded, and the voice with which the story was told.
The heroine is kept in darkness as much as the reader and together you discover all the many twists, turns, and secrets that this narrative is packed full with. Esperanza comes to her employment at the great country house of Evenwood, home of the 26th Baroness Tansor, already aware of a great mystery that will impact her life once all is revealed. Such begins the unraveling of a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, murder, and betrayal.
This is not a fast-moving, hard-hitting story, but it does move along at a consistent pace. I found myself totally involved with the characters and trying to put the clues together to uncover the secrets. A definite challenge since some secrets aren't revealed until the end. I enjoyed the writing style of Michael Cox to such an extent that I've already been looking for his previous novel in local bookstores, but have so far been unsuccessful.
I recommend this book to anyone who has a love for the Victorian Era, and enjoys solving a mystery.