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26 March 2023

His Fatal Legacy by Heather Atkinson Blog Tour! @heathercrimeauthor @HeatherAtkinso1


Edinburgh 1896

Amy Alardyce's once-perfect life is in tatters. Her eldest son, Robert, has come of age, become the master of his own home, and married his childhood love Jane.  But with maturity has come a terrible legacy, and the dark desires Robert inherited from his evil father Matthew, are fighting to get loose.

Whilst Jane is working hard to get her and Robert accepted into fashionable society, poor women are being hunted on the streets of Edinburgh, and Amy fears her son is to blame.  And once the infamous Inspector Murphy takes up the case, Amy has to face a stark choice - denounce her son as a monster or risk her own safety to protect him from the consequences of his lethal actions.

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Heather Atkinson is the author of over fifty books – predominantly in the crime fiction genre.  Although Lancashire born and bred she now lives with her family, including twin teenage daughters, on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.  Her gangland series for Boldwood, set on the fictional Gallowburn estate in Glasgow begins with the title Blood Brothers. 

My Thoughts

His Fatal Legacy by Heather Atkinson is the third book in the Alardyce Series. It starts up pretty much where the second book left off. Amy Alardyce has remarried to Henry, theirs is a wonderful marriage and Henry has been able to help Amy move past all the tragedy she has had. Amy's eldest, Robert is a problem for her as she sees that he has a dark side to him, like, his father Matthew.

Young maids have been accosted late at night and Amy and Henry feel that Robert is to blame. Robert denies this but they feel otherwise. In spite of Amy and Henry's efforts to keep Robert from marrying his childhood sweetheart, Robert and Amy get married and soon are blessed with a baby, Emily. 

After the birth of his daughter, Robert's proclivities stop for a bit, but his darker side soon takes over. He does not like anyone in society, and won't go to balls or parties with his wife. She tries to convince him that he should do this, so they can get back into society after being ostracized because of who his father was, a lowly footman. He still refuses any invitations to his wife's consternation.

Soon there are murders, and suspicion is still on Robert but he is able to have someone else look guilty, Robert is all about revenge against those who he thinks has wronged him. Inspector Murphy is on the case and he is bound and determined to prove that Robert is at the heart of the crimes. When something happens that ruins everything for him, he disappears.

The story is set in Edinburgh in the late nineteenth century, has a very gothic, chilling atmosphere, and a thoroughly enjoyable read, I read The Missing Girls of Alardyce House, but missed the second book His Cursed Heir. I did find that that was ok, I really did not miss much of the story, it is good to read the in order but I think that they can also be standalone. Heather Atkinson is very good at bringing the past stories into the current book. This is a historical fiction at it's best. I look forward to reading the next in the series Evil at Alardyce House Book #4.

I give this book 5 stars!

I received a copy of the book for review purposes only!

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