Death of a Cuckoo: An Esme Quentin Short Read

Death of a Cuckoo An Esme Quentin Short Read An Esme Quentin Short Read A letter A photograph A devastating truth When Gina Vincent receives a letter of condolence from a stranger following her mother s death a photograph slipped inside reveals

  • Title: Death of a Cuckoo: An Esme Quentin Short Read
  • Author: Wendy Percival
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • An Esme Quentin Short Read A letter A photograph A devastating truth When Gina Vincent receives a letter of condolence from a stranger following her mother s death, a photograph slipped inside reveals a disturbing truth everything she s ever known is based on a lie Shocked and disorientated, she engages genealogy detective Esme Quentin to help search for answers TheAn Esme Quentin Short Read A letter A photograph A devastating truth When Gina Vincent receives a letter of condolence from a stranger following her mother s death, a photograph slipped inside reveals a disturbing truth everything she s ever known is based on a lie Shocked and disorientated, she engages genealogy detective Esme Quentin to help search for answers The trail leads to an isolated and abandoned property on the edge of Exmoor, once the home of a strict Victorian institution called The House of Mercy and its enigmatic founder, whose influence seems to linger still in the fabric of the derelict building As they dig deeper, Esme realises that the house itself hides a dark and chilling secret, one which must be exposed to unravel the mystery behind Gina s past But someone is intent on keeping the secret hidden Whatever it takes.

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    1. I've been looking forward to reading another book featuring the genealogical sleuth, Esme Quentin, for ages. I enjoyed both of Wendy Percival's earlier novels, Blood-Tied and The Indelible Stain and although a shorter read, Death of a Cuckoo is well up to form. Author Wendy Percival can tell a good tale and her personal knowledge and understanding of genealogical matters permeates her writing. I'm sure all Family History enthusiasts are amateur detectives and the author creates a very satisfying [...]

    2. This is described as an Esme Quentin Short Read and, having read two Esme novels, I jumped at this. Gina Vincent is clearing out her late mother’s home. She finds information in a letter of condolence which rocks her world, and Esme, a genealogical researcher, helps her to unpick the tangle.Wendy Percival tells a good story and right to the end I wasn’t sure what the outcome was going to be. If you haven’t read any of these mysteries, this is a good introduction to her work, as it doesn’ [...]

    3. There's nothing that floats my boat quite as much as a good old fashioned mystery, particularly around family secrets. Death of a Cuckoo ticked all the boxes in terms of delivering exactly what I was after. A short read, more of a novella really, the book had me hooked from page one right to the very end. I've not read any of the previous Esme Quentin books before but my goodness she gives Ms Marple a run for her money. Eagle eyed, savvy and not afraid of taking risks, Esme endeavors to find out [...]

    4. Having read (and very much enjoyed) the previous two full length Esme Quentin stories Blood-Tied and The Indelible Stain, I just had to purchase this Esme short story. However, if you are new to this series, then this could quite easily be read as a standalone.The main character in this story is not Esme, but Gina Vincent. Following the death of her mother, Gina has received some disturbing news which makes her question everything about her life and for her own piece of mind, she engages the hel [...]

    5. Although I haven’t read the previous two full-length novels featuring Esme Quentin a genealogist, I was keen to find out more so decided to try this novella.Following the death of her mother Gina Vincent, the photograph inside a condolence card reveals a secret that rocks her to the core. Gina calls on Esme to help her uncover the truth about her  family.This is a good mystery both in the family history sense where the author’s knowledge of her subject shines through without the often labor [...]

    6. I absolutely love genealogical fiction and so was very attracted to Death of a Cuckoo. It's an Esme Quentin book and I didn't realise until just before I started reading it that there have been two other books featuring Esme. It didn't in any way affect my reading of Death of a Cuckoo though, which I enjoyed very much.What's unusual about this book is that although it's an Esme Quentin book it's actually told by a character called Gina Vincent who engages Esme to help her with a shocking discove [...]

    7. Death of a Cuckoo: An Esme Quentin Short Read by Wendy Percival  This was a very interesting story. I have been working on my family tree for over 15 years. So I was very interested i the way this story was written. I feel like a investigator myself at times. I also wish I could afford to hire a professional Genealogist for some of my brick walls. The story was very well written and it was true to life while searching for records.  The Story is about Gina Vincent. Her mother has recently p [...]

    8. This story is a short read but there is so much packed into this book and it never once felt rushed. The plot held my interest throughout as Gina and Esme put everything together to uncover the truth. Anyone who loves history will be guaranteed to enjoy this story especially if you are a fan of genealogy. I love the way that Wendy Percival has written this story with brilliant descriptions of how Esme goes about uncovering facts and details. It really was the perfect way to spend a couple of hou [...]

    9. Gina returns to her family home after the death of her mother. She already lost her father and now that her mother is gone as well Gina is left all alone. She's an only child, which means she unfortunately has no other siblings to help her through these difficult times. When Gina is going through the mail she opens a letter that has been sent by a former friend of her mother. This letter holds the most devastating news, that makes Gina question everything about her past. Gina was adopted and is [...]

    10. I found this book an easy read. I finished in one sitting. I loved Esme. She reminds me of a young Miss Marple, determined to get to the bottom of any mystery no matter how big or how small.Wendy's writing is strong and her descriptive narrative of the old Victorian institution, I felt like I was there along with her characters.I'll definitely be looking for more books by this author.

    11. This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review:"This is a pleasant, light, tale – short enough that it can be devoured on, say, a long journey by train or planeenjoyable and well written.cially of interest to researchers into family history."Helen Hollickfounder #DDRevs

    12. This was a very interesting story. I have been working on my family tree for over 15 years. So I was very interested i the way this story was written. I feel like a investigator myself at times. I also wish I could afford to hire a professional Genealogist for some of my brick walls. The story was very well written and it was true to life while searching for records. The Story is about Gina Vincent. Her mother has recently passed away. While going through the sympathy cards and letters she runs [...]

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