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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Ding Dong Bell, The Kitten in the Well
When I began reading author Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen’s latest short stories, I wasn’t sure what I would encounter (other than an intriguing read) since the title referred to a kitten and a well.
What I found was a charming and suspenseful story that brought smiles and a touch of heartache. It’s a story easily read in a short time that leaves you wanting more.
Ursula Abbott is an elderly lady with a good number of cats living on the farm of Vernon Alnwick in the village of Knavesborough, Yorkshire. When Rev. George Gershwin visits with her, she seems to think she will soon be evicted from her house. Believing in Alnwick’s kindness, the good reverend thinks nothing else about it.
Days later Ursula’s son comes and removes all the cats from his mother’s home due to complaints of the smell. Within days, Ursula is discovered dead in her bed of an apparent heart attack.
When the kitten belonging to the reverend’s daughter goes missing, a search turns up nothing. A short time later, a smell fills their house and a handyman has to be called in to discover the cause of the odor.
As Rev. Gershwin puts the pieces together, a chilling discovery is made.
The author’s descriptions and eye for detail places the reader in the middle of the action. The setting is a charming English countryside that envelops the reader transporting them to a different place and era. The author weaves a tale of suspense with humor for a well-balanced story.
This is a fast-moving story you don’t want to miss.
Ding Dong Bell, The Kitten in the Well by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen, A Gershwin and Penrose Mystery, Candied Crime, @2014, ASIN: B00JHMN7B6, Digital Download, 995 KB, 20 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of thisbook was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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