The Deathly Portent

The Deathly Portent Her charm and cajolery may fool the unwary Unscrupulous and cunning as dauntless as she is resolute the incomparable Lady Fan is as ruthless as the killer she is tracking in A violent murder has lef

  • Title: The Deathly Portent
  • Author: Elizabeth Bailey
  • ISBN: 9780425245675
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • Her charm and cajolery may fool the unwary.Unscrupulous and cunning, as dauntless as she is resolute, the incomparable Lady Fan is as ruthless as the killer she is tracking in A violent murder has left the village of Witherley aghast The locals are convinced that a witch doing the devil s work is to blame a young woman believed to have second sight The new vicar,Her charm and cajolery may fool the unwary.Unscrupulous and cunning, as dauntless as she is resolute, the incomparable Lady Fan is as ruthless as the killer she is tracking inA violent murder has left the village of Witherley aghast The locals are convinced that a witch doing the devil s work is to blame a young woman believed to have second sight The new vicar, Aidan, taking up the cudgels in her defence, fears the witch hunt is escalating out of his control But help is at hand.The bright and perceptive Ottilia, once a lady s companion and now bride to Lord Francis Fanshawe, is drawn to Witherley by an insatiable curiosity Ottilia rapidly uncovers a raft of suspects with grudges against the dead man, one of whom is determined to incriminate the witch And as foul play runs rampant, Ottilia must wade through the growing hysteria to unravel the tangle and point a finger at the one true menace

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    1. This was about 150 pages too long, there were too many extraneous, totally pointless characters and the main character and her husband were insufferable, condescending, entitled snobs. Don't get me wrong - I love mysteries where aristocrats (I will settle for upper middle class in a pinch) potter about and solve mysteries that confound the feeble minded local peons who generally comprise the suspect pool and/or the comically stupid law enforcement. I usually love my sleuths superior, annoyingly [...]

    2. I have never read a book before that is written in the language that was appropriate to that period in time and I struggled with this to start with, but as I continued it started to flow and I understood what was being said. Very much like my experiences when I watch Shakespeare the theatre – takes me a while before I understand what is going on!!Having not read the first book in the series I was concerned that I would not understand all the references and elements of the plot, but that really [...]

    3. Bailey's latest mystery is a rollicking good time starring a sweet, rich, clever but rather naive English lady with a knack for identifying sneaky murderers. The elaborate cast of characters, a town full of suspicious English-folk, would be enough to please a fan of Dickens. The book has all sorts of intrigue. Gruesome murders, adultery, hidden riches, forbidden love, witchcraft, a sexy young pastor, dashing aristocrats, an overly-tragic heroine and more than a hint of lesbian lovers. What isn't [...]

    4. Lord Francis Fanshawe and his new wife Ottilia suffer a breakdown to their carriage. When Ottilia hears a murder has taken place in nearby Witherley she convinces her husband they must stay and look into the case.This is a lighthearted book, with murder lurking in the background. Ottilia is delightful and Francis is a perfect foil to his wife's unusual interest in murder most foul. They are surrounded by a mixed host of characters who range from the lady of the manor to the landladies of the two [...]

    5. Some of the things that annoyed me in the first book like everyone's general acceptance of Tillie's investigation and "curiosity" were not ameliorated by charm or interesting mystery. I have to agree with another reviewer about the use of bain't by the villagers. If we can accept as given that a woman in these times is actually allowed to act like Jessica Fletcher, can't we also assume that the villagers have a different accent and dialect from their "betters". I also hated the use of creature t [...]

    6. I came to the end just in time. If I had heard females referred to as "creatures" once more or had to endure another sentence including the word "sangfroid", I would have screamed. O_o. While the first book in the series was fairly enjoyable, the second attempt droned on and on and was choppily and confusingly written.

    7. The coach of Lord Francis Franshawe and his new bride Ottilia has broken down on the way home from visiting Ottilia’s elderly godmother. Francis’s groom Ryde walks to the nearby village of Witherley to find a blacksmith. The newlyweds are shocked to learn Duggleby the blacksmith had just been killed when a roof caved in on him the night before. At first the roof collapse seems to be caused by a severe storm, but Lord and Lady Fan learn the villagers think the damage was caused by a witch’s [...]

    8. Lord Francis Franshawe and his new bride Ottilia have a broken down carriage on the way home from visiting Ottilia's elderly godmother. Ottilia's insatiable curiosity comes into the picture when they learn the nearby town of Witherley's blacksmith, Duggleby, died during the storm the previous night from a suspicious roof cave-in. Ottilia manages to finagle staying in the village while there carriage is off finding a blacksmith to repair it. Lord Francis Franshawe notices that a roof cross beam h [...]

    9. Bailey pens a suspenseful "who-done-it" mystery with The Deathly Portent. Set in the small English town of Witherly, Lord and Lady Fanshawe find themselves stranded when their carriage loses a wheel. Unfortunately for them, the only person in town who can help them with their problem has just been murdered. Can Lady Fan solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again? Set in the 1800's against a rural English backdrop, the novel opens with the citizens of Witherly chasing Cassie Dale. They c [...]

    10. Set shortly after the Battle of Monmouth (in 1778) this is the second time I've read this mystery and I enjoyed seeing how Ms. Bailey sited her clues and distracted the reader from them. All the characters were well-drawn and individualized. She captured well the closeness of living in a village; except for the richer residents, the villagers at most would have travelled to the next small village and that perhaps only once in their lives (except for any man impressed for military service). The f [...]

    11. Ottilia(Tillie) and her husband Sir Francis after visiting Ottilia’s not so pleasant mentor, are stuck in the village Witherley because the axletree of the carriage was broken. But it is not that bad considering that the blacksmith in the village is dead. Blacksmith Duggleby is squeezed by a falling roof and then finished by fire.Is it the storm or Duggleby is murdered by some cruel man? The locals blamed Cassie Dale for the death of Duggleby just because she warned him about what will happen [...]

    12. I read book one, The Gilded Shroud and really enjoyed the banter between Francis and Ottilia (the hero and heronie. SPOILER ALERTIn book 2 they are married and there is little to none of the banter. The story takes place in a small village and for the most part the residents are portrayed as rather dimwitted. The use of the word "b'aint" whenever they are speaking took me out of the story each time. I'm a fan of period appropriate language but this was like listening to a bunch of hicks sitting [...]

    13. When the widowed Ottilia Draycott marries Lord Francis, she's generally called Lady Fan. They're still on their wedding journey when the carriage breaks down. Hearing of a mysterious death in a nearby village, Lady Fan insists that they wait for repairs at the inn there, where they meet a young woman who is accused of being a witch, a new vicar recovering from his mission trip to Africa, and various local dignitaries and rabble. Lady Fan tries to find out who is behind the death of the local bla [...]

    14. Frankly I had a hard time making myself finish this one so I don't think I'll be going back to read the first in the series. The story was decent as a mystery to me, but the writing felt jumbled, the language hard to read at times, and there were so many characters to follow with not enough depth to them. There wasn't hardly any emotional connection the reader could make via the authors delivery and that's necessary for a story to grab you and make you want to stick around.

    15. Uninspiring characters, disappointing motive for murder (hey, if it's murder it's got to be good, right?). And when the heck does this book take place? Nothing in this book dates the setting. I read on the back that the author grew up in colonial Africa and I wish she would have explored that setting a bit. I mean, that's why we all love The Ladies' Number One Detective Agency, right? Author should write about some place she knows and then we'll love it, too.

    16. I almost gave up on this (A Lady Fan Mystery) but once you get used to the rustic dialect and the purple prose, it was almost worth sticking with to unravel the plot but it's pretty over the top. Check this quote out I just love it:"Tisbury turned, fixing Francis with a choleric eye within his veined countenance, richly dark in the dim lantern light that did little to render the cavernous cellar anything other than eerily shadowed." I giggled for three pages after that! You be the judge!

    17. I actually finished this book sometime ago. I dont know why I didnt review it- must have forgot. Anyways, I like the series & I like Lady Fan's character. She stands up to all of the town gossips etc. I also like her husband & glad that he is supportive of her which is not common in that era. I will definitely read the next book- curious to see what Lady Fan will get into next.

    18. This second entry in the Lady Fan series is an even more involved plot than the first, calling to mind the hysteria of the witch trials in an insular community. Would love to see more of these! Once again, the wit and intelligence of the heroine solves all.

    19. A good plot but much too long. The story tended to repeat itself with each new suspect being presented. Lady Fan is also a bit much with many interfering ways. Don't know how the characters can be so tolerant of her but then she is a "lady".

    20. 2nd in the Georgian-set mystery series starring Ottilia and her new husband, Lord Francis. The touch of paranormal added a genuine frisson to the murders the pair investigates.

    21. 3 1/2. Clever, especialy the writing, in 2012, as if it were written in the 19th Century, but, beyond that, standard.

    22. Even living in the country this book is set doesn't help with the language in this book which can be a little heavy going. A slow, meandering read with very occasional moments of tension.

    23. Once I got through the first few chapters I found it an enjoyable read. I figured it it out about the same time the main character did.

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