Description (from cover):
‘Three people on a crowded train, brought there by the same crime.
Archie Price, painter and police artist, blessed with a photographic memory, is traveling to Chelmsford to testify in a murder trial. The accused, Freddie Porter, is under police escort in the guard’s van.Freddie’s sister, Polly, is desperately trying to escape her brother’s gang before they realize what she’s done, unaware he’s on the same train.
When the locomotive is derailed, Archie and Polly are injured, and put up by the same local family while they recover.Where is Freddie? Polly is so terrified she is driven to desperate measures and Archie finds himself being drawn into her nightmare…’
There is something about historical mysteries that make me want to read every single one of them. I was offered this book as part of the TLC Book tours, and I jumped at the chance, because, well I love historical mysteries. This book is set in a small rural town in England where nothing ever happens. That is until there is a train crash and a convicted killer escapes during the melee of the crash. Archie Price is a police artist and just so happens to be on the train during the crash. Polly porter is also on the train and her brother is the escaped convict. Together they use their wits and smarts to unravel a mystery steeped in murder.
I enjoyed reading this book. This author is one that I have never heard of, but I didn’t let that get in the way of reading this book. At the beginning it was a little slow and hard to keep up with, but I stuck with it and I am glad that I did. I enjoyed learning about the past of the main characters, Archie and Polly and what led them to be on the train at the time of the crash. Once, the story line began picking up pace, I had a hard time putting this one down. I wanted to know how things would turn out in the end.
I found this book to a be a nice read and it was certainly an interesting read. I enjoyed the characters, the plot and the mystery. The author did a fantastic job of creating an engaging story and I hope that she writes more featuring these characters. I would like to see how things turn out for them and how this catastrophic event changes their lives. I recommend this book for readers who love historical mysteries that offer something a little different from the norm of the genre.
Overall Rating: 4
Title: The Illusion of Innocence
Author: Jacqueline Jacques
Series: Archie Price Mystery #2
Publisher: Honno Press
Publication Date: November 1, 2015
Genre: Historical Mystery
Get It: Amazon; Barnes & Noble
This has been a stop on the TLC Book Tours for The Illusion of Innocence. Please make sure that you stop by all of the other stops for other reviews of this book!
Monday, November 30th: Helen’s Book Blog
Tuesday, December 1st: Girl Lost in a Book
Tuesday, December 1st: Dwell in Possibility
Wednesday, December 2nd: Raven Haired Girl
Thursday, December 3rd: BoundbyWords
Thursday, December 3rd: FictionZeal
Friday, December 4th: From the TBR Pile
Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher, through TLC Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.