Title: The Bricklayer’s Helper
Author: Amy Corwin
Rating: Four And A Half Siren Stones
Genre: Historical (Non-American)
Keywords: English Tea Rose, Sweet
Page Count: 376 pages
ISBN E-Book: 1-60154-793-5
ISBN For Print: 978-1601547934
Publisher: The Wild Rose PressBuy-Link: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/the-bricklayer%C2%92s-helper-p-4156.html
Blurb/Summary:Sarah has masqueraded as Sam, a bricklayer’s helper, for years. But her past catches up with her in London. A thirteen year-old fire, deliberately set to murder her family, is smouldering, and the killer intends to ensure there are no survivors. Desperate, Sam turns to the renowned Second Sons agency for help. Inquiry agent, William Trenchard, is both troubled and fascinated by Sam, and immediately suspects “he” is a “she.” Unfortunately, before William can discover what lies beneath the brick dust and sun-bleached hair, they are plunged into a maelstrom of deceit and murder.
I found The Bricklayer’s Helper by Amy Corwin to be a delightfully entertaining read. The story begins among the working classes of Regency England with a young woman masquerading as a man. She immediately runs into trouble as she witnesses the murder of a man she was attempting to meet who had information for her. Throughout the day, while dressed and working as a young man, she believes she is being followed and possibly is in danger. That evening, Sarah, known to all as Sam, turns to Second Sons, Discreet Inquires in order to hire Mr. William Trenchard to discover who may have killed the gentleman earlier in the day.
I found the dichotomy between Sarah’s current lifestyle and that of her youth to be quite engaging. The character interplay between the spoiled but intelligent Mr. Trenchard and the hard working disguised Sarah/Sam put a wonderful perspective on class differentiation in Regency England. When mystery turns to romance, class distinction takes yet another surprising turn. Ms. Corwin’s mystery, which runs throughout the story, keeps one guessing up until the last moment. The Bricklayer’s Helper is a fabulous, all around mystery romance that is sure to entertain.