British Manor Murder
Author: Leslie Meier
**I was provided a copy of this upcoming book by Kensington via NetGalley in exchange for a fair, honest review.**
The Basics: Lucy is upset because her grandson has moved to Alaska with his parents. Her friends decide she needs a vacation to help her relax. What better place to get some R&R than a British Manor House? She jets off to England for a vintage hat exhibition with her friend, Sue, to stay at Moreton Manor. The Earl of Wickham and his wife, who prefer to be called Perry and Poppy, are surprisingly down to earth and gracious hosts. The household gets a bit riled up when a portrait falls from the wall, damaging the painting and frame. The portrait is supposedly cursed and bad things will befall the Manor and its residents if it is ever removed from the wall. It fell once before, and a member of the family died. Immediately things start going wrong. A dead body is discovered in the maze, dry rot threatens the Manor House itself, and a horrible stench invades a portion of the house. When the stench is traced to another corpse in a sealed-off room in the Manor, Lucy knows the killer is in the house, lurking and perhaps waiting to do more harm. She knows she has to ferret out the culprit, while following the traditions and rules of the vast British estate, before anyone else dies.
As usual, Leslie Meier delivers a delightful, well-written mystery! Plenty of suspense, lots of suspects, great supporting characters, twists and turns -- just a fun, cozy mystery!
It started out a bit slow for me, as Lucy was depressed and whiny for the first chapter or so. But, as soon as she was in England and mystery was afoot, she perked up and forgot about her depression. She wasn't whiny for long!
It isn't necessary to read the Lucy Stone books in order. I haven't read them all -- and was still able to jump right in and enjoy this book! Don't worry if you haven't read any of the series, or only some of the books -- give this one a read!! Definitely an enjoyable, suspenseful mystery!
British Manor Murder releases September 27th!
Check out the author's website for more information on the Lucy Stone series: www.lesliemeierbooks.com