By Margaret Miles
A iciness of discontent...
January 1766. a perilous mishap brings younger widow Charlotte Willett suddenly to bleak and marshy Boar Island, a number of miles from the village of Bracebridge and residential to 2 eccentric aged ladies. a few say that conceited, unpopular Alexander Godwin — the one villager to frequently name upon the island's citizens — hopes to inherit the cavernous condominium while its proprietor eventually passes on.
But while Alexander is brutally murdered after the town's annual wintry weather fête, Charlotte and her neighbor Richard Longfellow can not help yet ask yourself who between Alexander's detractors will be dependable. Is his loss of life attached to his actions on Boar Island — or to the unearthly trickery rumored to ensue there? may possibly the competition over a stunning younger lady have sparked a extra risky ardour? and may the solutions demonstrate themselves prior to loss of life moves Boar Island back?
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While familiar to the village from afar, its interior remains, to most, a mystery. Little in this rugged spot shows Nature's gentler side. But between steep walls graced only by slanting hemlock, and the peeling, aerial vine of native grape, a few bowers do lie scattered here and there, secret chambers whose floors may glint with wildflowers. Though it is a subject frequently debated, the origin of Boar Island (for so the place is called) remains unresolved. Such discussions may be heard especially during long winter evenings at the Blue Boar tavern.
But I'll say no more. If you do not start for your village soon, Mrs. Willett, you'll be forced to stay the night. Is that something you would like? We have many sleeping chambers above, you know. However, we would have to send you to work with a broom first, to clean a few nests from a mattress. No? ” This time the familiar cackle seemed less than pleased, perhaps because Mrs. Knowles recalled how far the standards of her house had fallen. As Charlotte stood, she saw a new flash in the old mirror.
Despite the bantering tone of Richard's remark, Charlotte saw that Diana was unmoved. Perhaps she still admired the moonlit snow beyond the frosted panes. But it was more likely that her thoughts had drifted back to her lost child. At least there was a marked contrast to her usual impatience with her brother's teasing pronouncements. Until very recently, Diana had been a rising force among the unyielding ladies of Boston, known for her clever tongue and courageous spirit, if her words were sometimes said to have a little too much bite.
A Mischief in the Snow by Margaret Miles