Title: Shadow on the Highway
Author: Deborah Swift
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Publication Date: 2014
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
May 1651. England has
been in the midst of a civil war for nearly ten years. The country has
been torn in two, and the King is getting ready to make his last stand
against Cromwell’s New Model Army.
Abigail Chaplin, a young mute
girl, has lost her father to the parliamentarian cause. But with her
family now in reduced circumstances, she is forced to work as a servant
at a royalist household - the estate of Lady Katherine Fanshawe.
is soon caught up in a web of sinister secrets which surround the
Fanshawe estate. The most curious of which is the disappearance of Lady
Katherine late at night.
Why are her husband’s clothes worn and
muddy even though he hasn’t been home for weeks? How is she stealing out
of the house late at night when her room is being guarded? And what is
her involvement with the robberies being committed by the mysterious
Shadow on the Highway?
Shadow On The Highway is based on the
life and legend of Lady Katherine Fanshawe, the highwaywoman, sometimes
known as ‘The Wicked Lady’. It is the first book in The Highway
Trilogy. (Goodreads Synopsis)
Shadow on the Highway is a book about which I am in two minds. On the one hand, I liked the characters and was interested to learn what would happen to them; on the other hand, I expected much more to be made of the highwaywoman story line, which was a fairly minor part of the tale. The prose was, on the whole, very readable; however, several comma splices caught my eye, and they are one of my editing pet peeves. I understand this is the first of a planned trilogy and I would consider coming back to read book two, in the hope the highwaywoman plot becomes more prominent then. In any case, this is a good light read for historical fiction fans.