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Woman Challenges Injustice in New Regency Mystery Novel

Toronto News, (PR) September 15, 2013

In her new Regency mystery novel Friend at Court: A Ruth Bowen Regency Mystery (published by Trafford Publishing), author Brenda Dow presents the story of a Quaker woman confronting a stern but eccentric judge while trying to prove the innocence of a deaf serving girl charged with theft and attempted murder and later accused of murder itself.

Regency mysteries, those mysteries set during the Regency period of English history (1811-1820), are often written in a Jane Austen-style of prose, which draws in readers from all walks of life.

When Quaker Ruth Bowen returns home to reconcile with her estranged family, she does not expect to run afoul of an eccentric judge of the Kings Bench and to find herself confined in Norwich Castle prison. She must solve the mystery of why a deaf maidservant was summarily dismissed from her employment and later brought up on trumped-up charges of theft and attempted murder. Can the girl be a threat to someone in that household?

Much of the draw of Friend at Court is found in its characters, who are products of their time and the cultures they come from. The pacifistic nature of the Society of Friends (Quakers) is at war with the cruelty of early 19th century law.

Friend at Court
By Brenda Dow
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 310 pages | ISBN 9781466976948
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 310 pages | ISBN 9781466976955
E-Book | 310 pages | ISBN 9781466976931
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Inveterate historical romance reader Brenda Dow enjoys all puzzles and sometimes dreams up scenarios behind unexplained press items. She published a book on solving cryptic crosswords and authored Earl for a Season, a Regency romance. Her favorite author is Jane Austen and her main hobby is painting in fine arts.