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Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce
Henrietta Cynster is sceptical of the so-called powers of the necklace she inherited from her cousin. The necklace is supposed to help Henrietta find her true hero but, since receiving it, Henrietta has kept the necklace shut away in a jewellery box. But Mary, Henrietta’s younger sister, insists she must wear the necklace. Then, once she has found her hero and is engaged, she can pass the necklace – and its powers – onto Mary.
Henrietta is known as The Matchbreaker as she has the uncanny ability to spot a bad match between a prospective couple. When she reveals the latest mismatch between her friend and her would-be suitor, James, she finds herself being confronted by the angry man in question. James explains his reasons for wanting to marry quickly and, regretting her actions, Henrietta offers to help James find a new bride. But danger is lurking for Henrietta as the search begins. It seems somebody has a grudge against Henrietta and is determined to harm her. Together, Henrietta and James must find the attacker before he strikes again.
I was looking forward to reading And Then She Fell as the concept sounded intriguing but I found it difficult to connect to any of the characters and so didn’t warm to any of them. I quite enjoyed the mystery and suspense of Henrietta’s attacker but this didn’t really get going until quite far into the book.
On a more positive note, despite being the latest in a long line of ‘Cynster’ novels, And Then She Fell reads very much like a standalone book and at no point did I feel like I was missing any part of the plot having not read the previous novels in the series.