Winifred Merryweather was an educated woman that had never married, it was by her own choosing and not for the reasons everyone else presumed. I loved Winifred's character because she was strong minded and very perceptive. She held others in high regard and did everything in her power to control the situations at hand. At first her attitude seemed rigid toward other men, that is until she met Remington. His character was captivating and he found himself extremely protective toward Winifred. I enjoyed watching as their characters became closer and as they worked together to find the answers to clues that were set before them. He truly was a magnificent character. The Countess was a character that I thought I wouldn't care very much for but by the end of the book, I was cheering for her. I grew very attached to all of the characters in this book regardless of their personalities. It's Elementary, My Dear Winifred had a wide variety of characters that were as different from each other as night and day. Combining them all and making the relationships mesh was brilliant.
I am new to historicals and very new to this type of mystery. I am a person who loves a good mystery and I really had to try to think through the characters predicaments and try to guess what might be behind the locked doors. Behind every door, there was a riddle to solve and the more riddles, the more I fell in love with the book. I must say that Miss Mae has set a high standard for other books that I will read in this same sort of genre from this moment on. I was fascinated by the turn of events throughout the book. This book felt like a big adventure that was shrouded with mystery and intrigue. I don't want to give the ending away but let me just say that you will not be disappointed as it ends PERFECTLY!
Words cannot tell you how good this book was. I can say I was holding my breath during the action scenes. I can say my eyes bugged out of my head and my jaw dropped during some scenes but until you read this book for yourself, you cannot appreciate it as much as I did. I strongly urge you to purchase this book. The writing was spectacular and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I give this book a You Gotta Read because I fell in love with the characters, the mystery element and most of all the style of writing. Kudos to Miss Mae for an extremely well written, attention grabbing, intellectual book that I will not soon forget. If you like mystery and historicals, this book is for you. If you are new to either genre, pick up Elementary, My Dear Winfred and you will find yourself falling in love with this time period just as I have.
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