Review: Millstone of Doubt by Erica Vetsch

Millstone of Doubt is another intriguing mystery in the Thorndike & Swann series. It is book two in the series, and while you could probably pick this book up and enjoy it for the mystery that it contains, I believe that you will enjoy a deeper camaraderie with the various characters if you have also read The Debutante’s Code, which is the first book in the series.

Once again, I enjoyed working through the steps of the investigation with Detective Swann. The author has written Daniel as a man who is very capable at his job, has things from his past to work through, and struggles with a sometimes contentious boss and work environment as a Bow Street Runner. It was also exciting to dive back into the world of spies and intrigue as Juliette, Daniel, and Uncle Bertie put their training and skills to the test to try to solve the case.

The romance is still subdued and secondary to the main plot of the story, as it was in book one. However, I enjoyed the growing awareness between Juliette and Daniel and the various turns the book took in this direction, as well as other twists and turns that came about in the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency tale and look forward to book three in the series.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Regency London’s detective duo is back on a new case–and this one is going to be a killer Caught in the explosion of the Hammersmith Mill in London, Bow Street Runner Daniel Swann rushes to help any survivors only to find the mill’s owner dead of an apparent gunshot.

Even though the owner’s daughter, Agatha Montgomery, mourns his death, it seems there are more than a few people with motive for murder. But Daniel can’t take this investigation slow and steady. Instead, he must dig through all the suspects as quickly as he can, because the clock is ticking until his mysterious patronage–and his job as a runner–comes to an abrupt and painful end. It seems to Daniel that, like his earthly father, his heavenly Father has abandoned him to the fates.

Lady Juliette Thorndike is Agatha’s bosom friend and has the inside knowledge of the wealthy London ton to be invaluable to Daniel. She should be in a perfect position to help with the case. Still, her instructor in the art of spy craft orders her to stay out of the investigation. But circumstances intervene, dropping her into the middle of the deadly pursuit.

When a dreadful accident ends in another death on the mill floor, Daniel discovers a connection to his murder case–and to his own secret past. Now he and Juliette are in a race to find the killer before his time runs out.



Best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. She’s a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota, and she married her total opposite and soul mate! When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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1 Response to Review: Millstone of Doubt by Erica Vetsch

  1. Cindy Davis says:

    I was wondering if we get to learn more about Daniel in the second book. Great review!

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