Title: The Pursuit of Mrs. Pennyworth
Author: Callie Hutton
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC.
Release Date: March 26, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Mystery
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I found The Pursuit of Mrs. Pennyworth to be an entertaining, but predictable read.
Set in the time of Jack the Ripper, comes a story of a woman being tormented by a delusional individual, leaving her to turn to a private investigator. Despite being distrustful of one another, the pair are force to relay on each other as the stakes get higher and higher.
I want to begin with the things that bothered me about the book. First, the romance between Charlotte and Elliot was kind of bland. It wasn’t until the end, when I finally started to root for the couple. I just didn’t feel the passion between the two characters like I was supposed to have. Second, the lack of Jack the Ripper in the story disappointed me. Besides a few references about him he played no part in the story. I find all serial killers fascinating especially Jack the Ripper. I think if the author had included Jack the Ripper in the plot, the book would have more oomph. Thirdly and probably the most bothersome part of the book, was that I knew who the antagonist was almost the minute the character was introduce. It was freaken obvious who was tormenting Charlotte, but no, it took Elliot forever to figure it out. Even then he technically wasn’t the one who found out who the culprit was. Worst private investigator ever.
Now that I’ve complained about all the things that bothered me about the book, I want to point out it’s positive attributes. To begin with, Charlotte was a fantastic heroine. She’s strong willed and very independent. Having dealt with several men who have disappointed her, she’s righteously wary of them. I also enjoyed her staff/servants. They were like one big happy family and looked out for one another. Especially when Elliot was being a total ass. Charlotte’s crew gave him a piece of their mind. Lastly, even though The Pursuit of Mrs. Pennyworth was predictable, I had a fun time reading it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical romance. Just don’t expect an intricate mystery because there’s not one.