, perhaps one of the foremost contemporary practitioners of the Cosy Mystery …
(Sarah Williams: 'How to Write Crime', published by Constable Robinson)
Letter from Mr Ambrose Rogers, in the West Indies, to Lady Steyne in London - Spring 1840
My dear Lady Steyne,
You may recall that I had the pleasure of making your acquaintance two years ago while visiting Bath. I trust that you are in good health?
And now to the purpose of my letter. I scarcely dare broach the subject, but remembering your sympathetic interest in my island home, I venture to ask your advice and assistance. As you may recall, I am a bachelor, of seven-and-thirty years, and have lived here on St Elvira, in the Caribbean, for the last seven years. It will not surprise you, I am sure, to learn that I am seeking a wife …
… I must close now, dear Ma'am, with the hope that I shall soon be hearing from you with some good news.
I remain, your humble and obedient servant,