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How do you take your tea? The Beast of Whitherward Fell has been blamed for a great many mysterious events and gruesome murders on that wildest, perilous stretch of the Yorkshire Moors. But what, or who, is the real monster? And can there be only one that has stalked this place since the beginning of time? Detective Inspector Ptolemy Deverell does not believe in mythical How do you take your tea? The Beast of Whitherward Fell has been blamed for a great many mysterious events and gruesome murders on that wildest, perilous stretch of the Yorkshire Moors. But what, or who, is the real monster? And can there be only one that has stalked this place since the beginning of time? Detective Inspector Ptolemy Deverell does not believe in mythical beasts or supernatural phenomena. He’s a quiet, unassuming, pragmatic fellow, who seldom falls prey to emotion. Nobody pulls the fleece over his eyes. So if anybody can shed light on the rampaging fiend behind the bloody history of this place, surely, he can. But when the detective embarks upon three cases at once, he has no idea how tightly they are entwined, or that this tangle will lead him into the darkest part of Whitherward Fell. To face the Beast head-on. With a lady in search of vengeance; a gentleman on a mission for truth, and a little girl waiting for justice, the detective already has his hands full. On top of everything, he—the most unromantic fellow in the world—is in love. Will he ever get around to proposing marriage to the very modern, bicycle-riding, baker-extraordinaire, Miss Lucy Greenwood? And, if he does, will she laugh in his face and try drowning him in raspberry jam? Not only that. A ghost from his own past has returned to haunt his nightmares, and he cannot get on with his life until she’s finally at rest. Tolly Deverell might not believe in the Beast of Whitherward Fell, but he is preyed upon by a scavenging creature that lurks in the bleakest shadows of a dream, waiting to tear him apart. The great shadow of its wingspan falls from above when he is most susceptible. It comes to him when he’s alone in the dark. It comes to him when all but his mind is quiet. It comes in the deadliest shades of night. And with words clawed into the wall, it asks, How do you take your tea?


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How do you take your tea? The Beast of Whitherward Fell has been blamed for a great many mysterious events and gruesome murders on that wildest, perilous stretch of the Yorkshire Moors. But what, or who, is the real monster? And can there be only one that has stalked this place since the beginning of time? Detective Inspector Ptolemy Deverell does not believe in mythical How do you take your tea? The Beast of Whitherward Fell has been blamed for a great many mysterious events and gruesome murders on that wildest, perilous stretch of the Yorkshire Moors. But what, or who, is the real monster? And can there be only one that has stalked this place since the beginning of time? Detective Inspector Ptolemy Deverell does not believe in mythical beasts or supernatural phenomena. He’s a quiet, unassuming, pragmatic fellow, who seldom falls prey to emotion. Nobody pulls the fleece over his eyes. So if anybody can shed light on the rampaging fiend behind the bloody history of this place, surely, he can. But when the detective embarks upon three cases at once, he has no idea how tightly they are entwined, or that this tangle will lead him into the darkest part of Whitherward Fell. To face the Beast head-on. With a lady in search of vengeance; a gentleman on a mission for truth, and a little girl waiting for justice, the detective already has his hands full. On top of everything, he—the most unromantic fellow in the world—is in love. Will he ever get around to proposing marriage to the very modern, bicycle-riding, baker-extraordinaire, Miss Lucy Greenwood? And, if he does, will she laugh in his face and try drowning him in raspberry jam? Not only that. A ghost from his own past has returned to haunt his nightmares, and he cannot get on with his life until she’s finally at rest. Tolly Deverell might not believe in the Beast of Whitherward Fell, but he is preyed upon by a scavenging creature that lurks in the bleakest shadows of a dream, waiting to tear him apart. The great shadow of its wingspan falls from above when he is most susceptible. It comes to him when he’s alone in the dark. It comes to him when all but his mind is quiet. It comes in the deadliest shades of night. And with words clawed into the wall, it asks, How do you take your tea?

39 review for A Deadly Shade of Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    OLT

    I will begin this review with a confession. I started this book a couple weeks ago, read a few chapters and put it aside, feeling as if I had wandered into a muddling maze of words and characters and blowflies and strange and at-times gruesome happenings. I thought perhaps if I went any further I would be lost, never to be found again. I'd like to blame this Time of Covid for my lack of attention span and patience and sticktoitiveness but it's probably just a congenital character defect I've alw I will begin this review with a confession. I started this book a couple weeks ago, read a few chapters and put it aside, feeling as if I had wandered into a muddling maze of words and characters and blowflies and strange and at-times gruesome happenings. I thought perhaps if I went any further I would be lost, never to be found again. I'd like to blame this Time of Covid for my lack of attention span and patience and sticktoitiveness but it's probably just a congenital character defect I've always had. But, hey, I tried again. It's Jayne Fresina, after all, and, as one of my favorite authors, she surely wouldn't let me down. She'll guide me through this maze and get me to the other side, tying up any loose ends and making sense of what had been befuddling me. And, yes, she did, and she did it beautifully, even if it took 600 pages to do so. This is a mystery, with lots of gory murders in it, a huge cast of characters, people whose identities are uncertain, and tie-ins from a mass murder some 80 years prior to the book's present-day crimes. And Tolly Deverell, Scotland Yard detective, is just the man for the job of getting everything resolved. Perhaps with a little help from his love, Miss Lucy Greenwood, bicycle-riding Modern Woman and owner of a bespoke bakery and tea shop and a big puzzle to certain of the old-fashioned folk of the village. Tolly needs to marry that woman ASAP, they say, and get her put in her place, taking care of her husband and home and their children. Well, Tolly is in favor of the marriage part of that idea, but the mystery of what really happened to his late first wife and her child is haunting him. He is hesitant to commit to another woman until he understands how he failed in this other relationship. Aren't we lucky that this book takes care of that mystery along with all the other puzzling homicides we learn about? Fresina's creative mind has again challenged my lesser brain to follow her story. Little clues she left at the beginning, when I was feeling so frustrated and wondering why on earth I wanted to know about all these things and blowflies too, all become clear as the story progressed. And, as usual, she supplies the reader with an amazing array of quirky characters, beautifully drawn. I don't necessarily recommend this book to lovers of historical romance, especially HRs with lots of sexy time. This is mainly a mystery, with a pinch of romance to it. But it's romantic enough for me. I love Tolly and Lucy's relationship. He loves his modern, independent woman and she loves his quiet, clever ways. A match made in romance heaven. I do, however, recommend this book to a reader who appreciates smart writing and clever turns of phrases, excellent characterizations, and a bit of a challenge in the read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mimi Matthews

    A deliciously layered late Victorian murder mystery, as intricate as it is intelligent. Nobody writes as cleverly as Jayne Fresina. Longer review to come!

  3. 5 out of 5

    HR-ML

    This started off disjointed & confusing. I skimmed & then read ahead. The story grew more complex as it progressed & had the author's quirky humor (which I enjoyed). The details about bowflies, tea & mother's possessions became redundant. The story felt too long. Some of the murders were too gross. Ultimately Tolly & Lucy professed their love. But the MCs took a back seat to the mystery aspect. Several mysteries were solved: kudos to Tolly. Now let's have a slice of cake? This started off disjointed & confusing. I skimmed & then read ahead. The story grew more complex as it progressed & had the author's quirky humor (which I enjoyed). The details about bowflies, tea & mother's possessions became redundant. The story felt too long. Some of the murders were too gross. Ultimately Tolly & Lucy professed their love. But the MCs took a back seat to the mystery aspect. Several mysteries were solved: kudos to Tolly. Now let's have a slice of cake?

  4. 5 out of 5

    LizardQueen

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. There were so many twists and turns to keep up with. I have loved seeing the relationship between Tolly and Lucy develop. Ms Fresina never fails to entertain with a dark and twisty tale.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa KM

    I have been gathering my thoughts to leave a review of A Deadly Shade of Night since I finished reading it. This book defies adequate classification: it has all the elements of an excellent mystery, it has suspense (and horror), it has romance, it has humour, and more than a hint of the supernatural. This is the third book in the Bespoke series, following Lucy Greenwood (she who is skilled at creating tempting baked goods) and Tolly Deverell (he who is skilled at tracking down nefarious persons I have been gathering my thoughts to leave a review of A Deadly Shade of Night since I finished reading it. This book defies adequate classification: it has all the elements of an excellent mystery, it has suspense (and horror), it has romance, it has humour, and more than a hint of the supernatural. This is the third book in the Bespoke series, following Lucy Greenwood (she who is skilled at creating tempting baked goods) and Tolly Deverell (he who is skilled at tracking down nefarious persons who would use dangerous poisons), but it is also so much more. What an enthralling read! It is hard to say much about the story without giving away any of the surprises that are revealed, but I can say that there is a old mystery to be solved, its consequences echoing through the decades to catch the attentions of Lucy and Tolly. There is a lot of suspense in this book, and early on, I realized that I had to read this with the lights shining slightly more brightly than usual. I love that so many of Fresina's tales have a magic that just seems perfectly sensible within the story worlds she creates. There are many threads to follow (and if you are someone who does not like unravelled threads, trust that they are woven together masterfully by the end), and even the smallest detail has its reward. Any reader familiar with Fresina's other books can be assured that every thread has a purpose. At over 600 pages, this book might seem overwhelming at first, but Bill Johnson once said "a story is a promise", and I feel that A Deadly Shade of Night fulfills that promise. Fresina's style is unique; this genre-defying book features some beautiful passages and turns-of-phrase, as well as humour to balance out the suspense. I cannot wait to see what new adventures are in store for Lucy and Tolly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Walking Through a Fun House at the Fair This latest Fresina book overwhelmed me at first. There are so many characters and so many disjointed scenes that I not only couldn't follow WHO the characters were, but neither could I tell WHEN they were. The generations ran together. I felt like I was watching a slide show with entries chosen at random from several stories. Then, toward the end, the action was over-explained. For instance, Lucy is managing Lady Carew to keep the rather batty lady from cau Walking Through a Fun House at the Fair This latest Fresina book overwhelmed me at first. There are so many characters and so many disjointed scenes that I not only couldn't follow WHO the characters were, but neither could I tell WHEN they were. The generations ran together. I felt like I was watching a slide show with entries chosen at random from several stories. Then, toward the end, the action was over-explained. For instance, Lucy is managing Lady Carew to keep the rather batty lady from causing trouble and the narration says Tolly had explained and "Lucy had witnessed for herself the lady's talent for insulting peopled loudly and colorfully. . . so she was on her guard." Duh. It sounds like an editor intervened and asked for more guidance for readers and the result was an over-explaining of the obvious. I don't know how to rate my experience with this book. Much of it was like walking through an old-fashioned Fun House--feeling the way through the dark until something lights up. The scenes with Tolly and Lucy were lovely, however. The usual delightful wording was present, but sometimes, especially early in the book, it became overdone. Perhaps a 3? But I enjoyed the rollicking ending when everything fell into place, so I suppose a 4 is more fitting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    marieno

    At first, I had a hard time following the story. I was even a bit frustrated with it. I wanted a lot more of Lucy and Tolly as those characters are dear to me. As I persevered, I was rewarded. I also got attached to the other characters. I really enjoyed this series from Jayne Fresina.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elena

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dianna L Tuinstra

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pamg

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Gardner

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dede Norris

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Rivers

  15. 4 out of 5

    nikkia neil

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ginny & Forrest

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael M. Cornett

  18. 5 out of 5

    Willow

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ann Whiddon

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alejandra

  21. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

  22. 4 out of 5

    SnowAngel

  23. 4 out of 5

    Darkness

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Luli

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandi aka Maudley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andreajanel_reads

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  31. 4 out of 5

    Cheryll

  32. 5 out of 5

    KaKa

  33. 4 out of 5

    Liane

  34. 4 out of 5

    imanreads

  35. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  36. 4 out of 5

    Valérie

  37. 4 out of 5

    Lori Mason

  38. 4 out of 5

    Krystle

  39. 4 out of 5

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