A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate by Susanna Calkins
In the mid-1660s in London Lucy Campion is a chambermaid. She is a “good girl” as she and her employers will admit and goes about her duties faithfully. Her world is turned upside down when her mistress’s ladies maid, Lucy’s best friend, Bessie, is found brutally murdered in a field. Lucy’s brother Will is sent to Newcastle to await trial for Bessie’s murder. Lucy knows that finding any evidence is the only way she can help her brother and keep him from the hangman’s noose.
Lucy is a bit headstrong but she is a believable character of the time. The murder mystery is almost secondary to the time period. The persecution of the Quakers, life as a servant, and the outbreak of the plague in 1666 all figure prominently in the narrative. This is an often overlooked time period, especially from the viewpoint of the help, and it was nice to visit for a while.