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Published June 15th 2015
English period mystery novel
Hounds of Autumn was published by Triple Hare Press, December 16, 2013. It is a period mystery set in 1890, with steam punk elements.

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Hounds of Autumn, by Heather Blackwood

Chloe Sullivan and her husband, Ambrose, set off by dirigible to travel to Farnbridge, near Dartmoor, to Ambrose's distant family. Chloe, an inventor, is also visiting a fellow female inventor (Camille) who is unexpectedly and tragically found dead in the moor when Chloe and Ambrose arrive.

Heather Blackwood writes a laid back mystery story about how Chloe unravels the death of her friend, Camille. Set in the English countryside, this makes for an atmospheric read about Ambrose's family, Chloe's friend's mechanical inventions (including a large, mechanical hound that gets blamed for her death), and life in Farnbridge.

Dartmoor, moors, England, countryside, mystery
Dartmoor, by Alice_Alphabet at Pixabay

I specifically liked that Chloe is not a typical female and sets her own agenda despite what others think, while keeping a low profile nevertheless. Along the way we also learn unexpected things about Ambrose's family.

As well, Chloe and Ambrose have an unusual relationship. Ambrose is a little older and perhaps more accepting of Chloe's eccentricities than most would be. I really liked that Chloe has equal footing in the relationship.

This is well written and the action of the book moves well.

If you're looking for a relaxed afternoon mystery read, Hounds of Autumn is a very good choice.
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