(The previous edition was entitled 'Bastards and Baronets'. The main changes are to the title and the cover).
The Little Tin Box
is a nineteenth century drama/romantic mystery.
It is the dismal autumn of 1866 in England. Circumstantial
evidence implicates twins Ranald and Jamie McKilloch in the murder of a bank
clerk and a fraud against the McKilloch Bank. The bank in question is owned by
their father, Sir Hugh McKilloch.
Sir Hugh and his wife, Rosalind, are torn between the need to protect the family’s good name, the bank’s reputation, and their children’s future. And a scandal must be avoided at all costs. The McKillochs panic and make a hasty decision based on the unfairly assumed guilt of the twins. They determine that the twins must go overseas for five years until the matter is dealt with or forgotten. Ranald, his wife Sarah and their baby son, are banished to Australia, and Jamie, to New York.
Before she leaves, Sarah (a vivacious, blue-eyed blonde) unwisely confides all the sordid details to her childhood friend, Caistor Parsons, without realising that Caistor (pronounced 'Kayster') is, and always has been, madly in love with her.
Caistor, now the handsome young vicar of Wapen-cum-Whitely, becomes obsessed with the idea that Sarah must be saved and Ranald exposed for the evil man that Caistor irrationally believes him to be.
Reviewed By Christine Nguyen
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