Book Review/Recommendation – The Thornton Mysteries (#2 The Inca’s Curse) by Ellen Read

Book Review/Recommendation
The Thornton Mysteries (#2 The Inca’s Curse) can be read as stand alones.

Author – Ellen Read

Now Published

ARC – Ebook – Genre – Historical Fiction/Cosy Mystery/Romance

Set in 1928 in Victoria, Australia. The Thornton family made its money in the goldfields during the 1850s and the antiques trade. Thornton Park is their lavish mansion close to Melbourne. They also own a home and a goldmine in Daylesford, in the heart of Victoria, where their close friends, the Bassetti family, are part of a thriving Swiss-Italian community.

Alexandra Thornton has married Benedict Archer. On their honeymoon in Daylesford, Alexandra’s pearls are stolen and within days there are two murders.

Back at Thornton Park, Alexandra discovers a secret compartment in a desk. Inside is a gold and diamond necklace and a letter written by her grandfather, James Thornton. It’s a love letter, Alexandra assumes written to his wife after her death. He claims the necklace is cursed.

After further investigation, Alexandra uncovers the deaths of two miners at Thornton Goldmine.

The family return to Daylesford where Thomas Thornton is accused of murder.

Alexandra is determined to work out how it all connects.

What is the link to the Inca Emperor Atahualpa? Is it gold?

Is gold the curse?


Firstly I want to sincerely thank Ellen Read for gifting me the ARC of The Inca’s Curse, in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts
I am extremely interested in conversational dialogue in general, so I was pleasantly surprised that I got just that in The Inca’s Curse. Questions and answers leaded to more intriguing scenarios, problems and then solutions. Ellen Read is a dab hand at creating and writing a scene in this way. A very “dialogue” driven book.

This is an extremely facinating, interesting and intriguing book, that has a very involved storyline, with lots of plot twists, its chockablock full. Apart from the mystery aspect, there is a newly wedded couple, so there is love. There is alot of references to antiques with the Thorntons being in the antique business and because Ellen Read herself, loves flowers and nature, we have the countryside of Daylesford with Wombat Hill, where there are black ducks, willy-the-wagtails, Asters, bluebells, daffodils, lillypilly and a whole range of flowers that are all wrapped up like a bouquet, not forgetting the scrumptious food mentioned, this time, there is an element of Italian, with the occasional mention of scrambled eggs and Maderia cake on the side, with copious amounts of tea drinking. I learnt quite alot of Italian dishes, plus the heritage of the Swiss-Italians. Plus I learnt about the family tree and who is related to who. We have references of books, more in depth this time is the book, Pride and Prejudice that Edith models herself on and Ellen Read executes the storyline superbly well into HER story, and lastly, because this is a historical fiction I must add that the information on the history of Daylesford, plus the gold mines is very educational which I was extremely interested in. The story-line and plotting, again, faultless and delivered to perfection.

It was a great honour to be able to delve into such a book with such a vast lot of information, inspiration and hard work that Ellen Read put into this. Ellen Read is definitely a mastermind of her own craft.

Give this a go, you won’t be disappointed, as it will captivate you and hold your attention till the end.

5 star rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Inca’s Curse comes highly recommended by me and will suit anyone who is interested in Italian cooking and heritage. For Historical Fiction lovers. Definately worth reading if you are into romance books. For antique lovers. For anyone interested in the fashion of the 1920s, especially music and clothes. Lastly for all readers who like flowers mentioned in their books.

This can be purchased through or through Ellen Read’s website

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