The Indelible Stain (Esme Quentin Mystery #2)

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  • Paperback
  • 270 pages
  • The Indelible Stain (Esme Quentin Mystery #2)
  • Wendy Percival
  • English
  • 06 June 2018
  • 1781322813

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The Indelible Stain (Esme Quentin Mystery #2) Secrets From A Tainted Past Esme Quentin S Arrival In North Devon Is Marred By The Gruesome Discovery Of A Fatally Injured Woman At The Foot Of Warren Cliff Esme Is Troubled By The Woman S Final Words And Curious About The Old Photograph Clutched In Her Hand The Police, However, Dismiss Bella Shaw S Death As Accidental But Bella S Daughter, Neave, Has Her Own Questions And Approaches Esme For Help The Subsequent Trail Leads Esme Back To The Brutal Penal History Of Th Century England And The Mystery Of A Devon Convict Girl Transported To Australia For Her Crime As Evidence Of Betrayal And Duplicity Are Revealed, Esme Discovers Bella S Link To Events In The Past A Link Which Now Endangers Neave And, By Association, Esme A Legacy Of Hatred Which Has Festered For Generations In The Land Beyond The Seas Now Threatens To Spill Over On To Devon Soil With Devastating Consequences

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10 thoughts on “The Indelible Stain (Esme Quentin Mystery #2)

  1. Karen says:

    This is the second book in the Esme Quentin series After enjoying the previous story Blood Tied I was looking forward to this one Esme Quentin is a historical researcher with a past that hasn t yet been fully explained I m hoping that future books will let us knowabout this very interesting character.In this story, Esme arrives in the historic port of Warren Quay, North Devon to help a friend to catalogue some documents for an exhibition Almost immediately upon her arrival, the dra This is the second book in the Esme Quentin series After enjoying the previous story Blood Tied I was looking forward to this one Esme Quentin is a historical researcher with a past that hasn t yet been fully explained I m hoping that future books will let us knowabout this very interesting character.In this story, Esme arrives in the historic port of Warren Quay, North Devon to help a friend to catalogue some documents for an exhibition Almost immediately upon her arrival, the drama starts when she discovers a woman lying at the base of a cliff, clutching a photograph Esme s interest is piqued upon hearing the dying woman s last words Intrigued by this, and not convinced that this was an accidental fall, Esme can t help but become involved when the daughter of the dead woman, comes to her for help What follows is a story of murder, deceit, and betrayal across generations which at its heart concerns the history of convict transportation to Australia when both English and Irish convicts were transported on ships, in the most awful conditions, for what we would regard as petty theft The author herself has a great interest in genealogy and this is used to great effect to form a complex and intriguing mystery I do enjoy Wendy s style of writing, she has a talent for fleshing out the characters and vividly describing locations and landscape Esme is an extremely engaging and tenacious character, once she gets involved in something she just has to carry on digging deeper for answers, even if by doing so she puts herself in danger.The intricate plotting makes for a very satisfying and interesting read Whenever I thought I had it all worked out, a little twist would appear and I would be back to square one In the Author s Note at the back of the book a web link is given to a family tree which is very helpful in explaining how the many characters are linked, however in order to avoid spoiling the story, I would recommend that you look at this after you have read it If you like mysteries that are a little bit different and especially if you have an interest in family history then I can recommend this series I certainly do hope there isto come from Esme in the future It s not essential to have read the first book to enjoy this one although I recommend that you do, if for no other reason than it is a very good story As with any series, it helps if you read them in order, but this can easily be read as a standalone

  2. Kath Middleton says:

    This is the second book in the Esme Quentin mysteries, genealogical conundrums which Esme picks apart I confess that I haven t read the first and no doubt it would have added depth to Esme s character if I had, but the book stands as a complete story and I felt nothing was lacking Esme arrives at a coastal town to help an old friend to catalogue some documents and the moment she arrives she finds a woman on the beach at the foot of the cliffs, dying She utters her two final words to Esme and This is the second book in the Esme Quentin mysteries, genealogical conundrums which Esme picks apart I confess that I haven t read the first and no doubt it would have added depth to Esme s character if I had, but the book stands as a complete story and I felt nothing was lacking Esme arrives at a coastal town to help an old friend to catalogue some documents and the moment she arrives she finds a woman on the beach at the foot of the cliffs, dying She utters her two final words to Esme and the puzzle begins Esme s researches lead her back in time several generations to Sarah Baker, a young girl transported in a convict ship to Australia This is quite a complex story involving two lines of a family tree and going back to another country However, it s so well told that it s not difficult to follow I love the kind of mystery which sends me barking up the wrong tree a couple of times and this is just such a story It was well written and I was totally engaged throughout An excellent read

  3. Cathy says:

    The Indelible Stain is the second Esme Quentin mystery and I ve enjoyed reading it eventhan the first novel, Blood Tied.In a dramatic opening chapter, Esme discovers an almost lifeless body on the beach and the mystery begins as Esme listens to the stranger s dying words and finds an old photograph nearby The dead woman is soon identified as Bella Shaw but the local police consider the death to have been accidental and Esme s concerns arouse little interest After Esme has met Bella s d The Indelible Stain is the second Esme Quentin mystery and I ve enjoyed reading it eventhan the first novel, Blood Tied.In a dramatic opening chapter, Esme discovers an almost lifeless body on the beach and the mystery begins as Esme listens to the stranger s dying words and finds an old photograph nearby The dead woman is soon identified as Bella Shaw but the local police consider the death to have been accidental and Esme s concerns arouse little interest After Esme has met Bella s daughter, Neave, her suspicions are confirmed and she is soon pursuing leads and trying to make sense of the course of events.The author has made good use of her own knowledge of family history and research methods to devise a clever and well constructed plot full of unexpected twists and turns.The plot gets added complexity from the genealogical mystery that is integral to the main story line but is a fascinating, stand alone tale in itself Meticulously researched, the story of Sarah Baker, convicted of theft and transported to Australia in 1837, gives the novel an enthralling extra dimension.The Indelible Stain is a highly readable, well written and engaging novel which keeps the reader guessing right to the end Highly recommended

  4. Elizabeth Lloyd says:

    This is the second Esme Quentin Mystery by Wendy Percival and it takes us to a charming part of North Devon Esme, an historical researcher, returns to Warren Quay where she spent family holidays, 30 years ago, but this time she has gone to assist Maddy, cataloguing the archives of children s charity SAFE But her visit takes a dramatic turn when she discovers a dying woman on the beach Never one to avoid problems, Esme tries to help the woman s daughter Neave, discover, why her mother had trav This is the second Esme Quentin Mystery by Wendy Percival and it takes us to a charming part of North Devon Esme, an historical researcher, returns to Warren Quay where she spent family holidays, 30 years ago, but this time she has gone to assist Maddy, cataloguing the archives of children s charity SAFE But her visit takes a dramatic turn when she discovers a dying woman on the beach Never one to avoid problems, Esme tries to help the woman s daughter Neave, discover, why her mother had travelled to Devon from Berkshire and whether there was a connection to the father Neave has never met.As in the first Esme Quentin Mystery, the reader can discover many interesting aspects of social and genealogical research but there is also a gritty and frightening mystery story Dramatic events play out against the background of the Mary Ann, a replica nineteenth century sailing ship which has been turned in to a floating museum about the fate of the convicts transported to Australia Esme and Neave are drawn into a dangerous situation but Detective Sergeant Collins does not believe there is anything to worry about.I would recommend this to lovers of murder mysteries, intrepid women and those with an interest in family history I look forward to Esme s next adventure and perhaps learningabout previous life

  5. Jo Barton says:

    Esme Quentin s arrival on the North Devon coast is spoiled by the ghastly discovery of a fatally injured woman lying on the beach near Warren Cliff What should be a pleasant interlude for Esme, helping out an old friend, soon becomes a convoluted and complex quest to find outabout the identity of the ill fated woman Even though the local police dismiss the woman s death as an unfortunate accident, Esme is convinced that there isto this mysterious accident and her intuitive form of Esme Quentin s arrival on the North Devon coast is spoiled by the ghastly discovery of a fatally injured woman lying on the beach near Warren Cliff What should be a pleasant interlude for Esme, helping out an old friend, soon becomes a convoluted and complex quest to find outabout the identity of the ill fated woman Even though the local police dismiss the woman s death as an unfortunate accident, Esme is convinced that there isto this mysterious accident and her intuitive form of investigation soon uncovers a tangled web of secrets and lies spanning multi generations This well written murder mystery, not only concentrates on the here and now, but also takes the reader on a journey of discovery into the tainted past of Britain s brutal transportation system, when people were transported to the penal colony of Australia for littlethan stealing a loaf of bread The mystery at the heart of the novel takes some uncovering, but Esme does so with her usual confidence and tenacity As always the fine writing of the author and the attention she pays to the smallest of details really helps to bring the story alive in the imagination I was totally involved in Esme s quest to uncover the truth and the many twists and turns in the plot really focus the novel so that it becomes an investigative challenge to piece together all the strands of the mystery Having been introduced to Esme Quentin for the first time in Blood Tied, it was a real pleasure to meet up with her again in another well written murder mystery story It s rather like meeting up with an old friend whose life is ratherexciting than your own and in whose company you can sit back, relax, grab a cup of your favourite tea and just let the mystery unfold.I can t wait to see what Esme will do next

  6. Rachel Sargeant says:

    Reading this book reminded me how much I like cosy crime I ve spent the last two years immersed in psychological and literary thrillers for the course I m doing Although I ve enjoyed the experience and have found new authors I like, it was refreshing to have a break from mostly morally bankrupt and spiteful characters Virtually all the major players in The Indelible Stain are female and, well, normal They are not aggressive or alcoholic or jumping into bed with unsuitable partners In Esme Reading this book reminded me how much I like cosy crime I ve spent the last two years immersed in psychological and literary thrillers for the course I m doing Although I ve enjoyed the experience and have found new authors I like, it was refreshing to have a break from mostly morally bankrupt and spiteful characters Virtually all the major players in The Indelible Stain are female and, well, normal They are not aggressive or alcoholic or jumping into bed with unsuitable partners In Esme Quentin we have a tenacious heroine who solves the puzzle through gentle questioning and solid research, without falling in love with the chief suspect.Although the family history research fascinated me, I would have appreciated diagrams within the text as Esme built up the Ashgrove Shaw family trees I was unable to find the fictional tree on Wendy Percival s website although it is referred to at the end of the book.I admire Wendy Percival s writing style, it is straightforward, smooth and not in the least self indulgent I will definitely buy the first Esme mystery soon

  7. Lee Hollowell says:

    A history lesson within a great bookAt first I ordered the book because it was about ancestry and I usually love any book that has to do with ancestry as it s basis and this book did not disappoint.

  8. Wendy Percival says:

    The story behind The Indelible Stain was inspired by reading an article on researching convict ancestry As I found outabout Britain s eighteenth and nineteenth century transportation policy, I became fascinated and horrified in equal measure And as a plot began forming in my head, I knew I d found the subject of my next Esme Quentin story I hope you ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

  9. Claire says:

    I received this book from Wendy as a giveaway on good reads So first thank you Wendy.Second thanks to Kath Middleton for her review of this book I simply could not have put it better myself.The only point I would add to Kate s review is that if you get lost in the description of the family tree have a look at Wendy s website where it is loaded up to make it easy to follow.

  10. Indiebrag says:

    We are proud to announce that THE INDELIBLE STAIN by Wendy Percival is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money