A Murder at Rosamund's Gate is a Net Galley ARC, and the first in a series of Restoration mysteries featuring Lucy Campion. Release date scheduled for April 23, 2013.
Lucy, a chambermaid in the home of a magistrate, is an intelligent young woman who appreciates both her situation and Magistrate Hargreaves, an enlightened master for the time.
When her friend and fellow servant is murdered and Lucy's brother William accused of the murder, Lucy finds herself desperate to prove his innocence.
The characters are well-drawn and the mystery is entertaining. A nice debut novel for Calkins. I will be interested in seeing how Calkins handles Lucy (her situation changes in the course of the novel) in the next installment of the series.
Historical Mystery. 2013. print version 352 pages.