This latest Murder, She Wrote novel is like a modern day Downton Abbey Murder Mystery!
Once more, Jessica Fletcher leaves her hometown of Cabot Cove to jet off to a New Year's Eve Ball at Castorbrook Castle. There she will meet up with her old friend, Scotland Yard detective inspector, George Sutherland. Jessica is hoping for a little romance, but of course, finds murder instead.
As I have said before, I always enjoy the stories set in Cabot Cove the best because I like the familiar characters, but it seems I never can manage to pick up a 'Murder, She Wrote' book these days that doesn't have Jessica flying off to some far off location.
I was, of course, a little disappointed that once more Jessica would be a long way from home and have begun to wonder if these books will no longer feature Cabot Cove. Nevertheless, I rarely pass up the chance to touch base with Jessica. So, I settled back, fastened my seat belt, and jettisoned off to Britain to rub elbows with the blue bloods at Castorbrook Castle.
When a ladies maid is found dead in the garden it is presumed she most likely died of hypothermia, a conclusion that George is also inclined to lean toward. But Jessica is convinced there was foul play.
As the investigation proceeds, we learn all about Lord Norrance and his family. We overhear bitter quarrels, learn about the issues concerning badgers and cattle, look around the famed horse stables, and deal with an odd assortment of characters 'in service’. It seemed like a modern day Downton Abbey or Upstairs/Downstairs, only with a whodunit mystery added in to spice things up even more.
I thought the plot and set up was fantastic and I was really engrossed in the soap opera lives of the upper and lower classes represented in the story. If you are a fan of the series, you know that Jessica has a way of getting people to open up to her as well as a keen eye for details. Her skills are still sharp as a tack!
As with some other books in the series, the how's and why's can stretch the limits of what I find plausible. But keep in mind this is almost a trademark of this series, both with the television show and the books. I sort of like that about these stories because they remind me of the old classic murder mysteries and I think it takes a little imagination to pull it all together to make a compelling whodunit.
I love the easy banter Jessica and George have and really think it's time Jessica find love again after all these years. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that someday they will be able and willing to work out the things that keep them at arm's length.
Overall, this is a solid addition to the series, and as always, it's a clean, entertaining read.
In the latest mystery in the USA Today bestselling series, Jessica Fletcher rings in the New Year with British aristocracy, but someone’s about to end the life of the party.…
A VERY PROPER MURDER
Jessica Fletcher and her friend Scotland Yard detective inspector George Sutherland are invited to attend a New Year’s Eve Ball at Castorbrook Castle, thanks to her British publisher. Shortly after arriving in the idyllic English countryside, Jessica discovers the body of a lady’s maid in the garden.
While their host, Lord Norrance, his family, and party guests squabble over the tragic death in perfectly mannered, thoroughly British style, family relations are strained as old wounds are reopened and cutting remarks are freely handed out.
As midnight beckons at the ball, the merriment crashes to a halt when Norrance falls ill and dies, apparently poisoned—and the number of suspects with a grudge against the lord of the manor sprouts like English ivy. Now it’s up to Jessica and George to find the killer—or killers—before another corpse welcomes in the New Year....