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Book Review: The Puzzle of Blackstone Lodge by Martin Edwards

Dive into the third installment of the Rachel Savernake series and join her on a journey to unravel the enigmas of the infamous Blackstone Lodge. Find out why this book is a must-read!

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The Puzzle of Blackstone Lodge Summary

The Puzzle of Blackstone Lodge is the third installment in the Rachel Savernake series. In this captivating tale, Rachel embarks on a journey inspired by the intrepid Nell Fagan to unravel the enigmas of the infamous Blackstone Lodge.

The Puzzle of Blackstone Lodge Review

The Puzzle of Blackstone Lodge promises a delightful reading experience. The author, Mr. Edwards, masterfully engages the readers by creating an eerie atmosphere that piques their curiosity about the lodge’s secrets. The mist serves as a symbol of the town’s dark history, adding more intrigue to the story’s setting and the characters’ fate.


The protagonist Rachel Savernake is a clever and crafty sleuth who never reveals her hand too soon. Her sharp instincts keep her two steps ahead of everyone else, but she cleverly conceals her true intentions. Rachel is driven by an ardent passion for solving crimes, which is evident throughout the story. It is important to note that Rachel seeks the assistance of her crew, depending on each of them to chase various leads. With such a strong character, readers are compelled to follow and root for her to get to the bottom of the mystery. 

Nell Fagan desperately needs Rachel’s assistance to provide her with a different perspective. However, she is not entirely forthcoming about the details of the case. Her goal is to solve the crime and redeem herself. Nell is the opposite of Rachel in the sense that she is a lone wolf and fails to seek assistance when called for. 

Several suspects are introduced at the story’s outset, and their actions raise suspicions. Mrs. Royle, the Reverend’s wife, confronts Nell Fagan, implying that she is hiding something. Dr. Denzil Sambrook, the son of Dr. Sambrook, has ambitions to take over Blackstone Fell. Mr. Lejueune, who resides in Blackstone Tower, keeps to himself. 

“Seeing isn’t always believing.”

Clues & Distractions

The author crafts a compelling story that keeps the reader guessing until the end.

The author brilliantly infused subtle hints into the dialogues and scenes, providing a treasure hunt for readers to decipher. At the end of the book, a clue finder is kindly provided that, even as the novel is done, gives readers that aha moment.

The Reverend Royce’s relationship with his wife, the intriguing seance, and the seemingly unrelated patients of the Sanatorium distract readers from the main mystery. 

Rachel and her crew’s keen investigation skills put the puzzle pieces together, making sense of everything. Readers will recognize the grand reveal and twist ending tropes in this novel.

Reading Enjoyment

As I explore the third novel of the Rachel Savernake series, I am thoroughly engrossed by the evolving storyline. I particularly admire the intricate plotline, which appears tangled at first glance but untangles beautifully by the end. It’s an exhilarating adventure to observe the plot unravel and come to life.

Thank you NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press/Source Books for my E-ARC in exchanged for my honest review. 

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