Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they're awaiting the arrival of the new earl - an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.
The town of Selchester, rich in scandal and gossip, is unsure what to make of the earl or his teenage daughters, but they know that his sharp-tongued half-sister, Lady Sonia, furious at being deprived of her inheritance, won't be a merry guest over Christmas.
The new Lord Selchester can cope with the strangeness of English country life, but he hadn't expected stolen paintings - or a body in the hothouse.
What's the link between Hugo's investigations and the suspicious goings-on in the town and at the castle? And will he and his allies get to the heart of the mystery before the murderer gets to them?
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By Ian Smith on 24-07-16
Excellent continuation of the series
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Develops the story on from “A Gentleman of Some Repute”, but with a bit of a jump which is covered by the short story "A Youthful Indiscretion". You don’t need to read that to follow the developing storyline. Some new characters are introduced, which I thought helped the illustrations of life in the early 1950’s, and added some interesting tensions to the story. And things are still left open enough for further books, which I look forward to listening to.
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By Simone on 12-06-16
I enjoyed Book 2 much more than Book 1 because I didn’t feel so lost this time! I have trouble keeping track of many characters but in this case I actually remembered who was who from the first instalment and the introduction of new characters didn’t confuse me!
I’m searching for a new series to get hooked on and as the story unfolded I thought I could really get attached to Selchester; I found the entire thing very charming and entertaining.
Sadly, the author died a few months ago so my search for a cozy mystery anthology continues.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
By Kathi on 15-10-17
Very good series
I enjoyed the first book in this series, in which Hugo Hawksworth and his younger sister Georgia, come to live in Selchester Castle, as they—along with many people in Britain, were displaced by all the bombing in the war. Hugo is continuing work with the war office, keeping him in touch with the governmental secrets. In the first book, they are dealing with the death of the old Lord Selchester, and in this one, they introduce the previously unknown new Earl. He is an American, and arrives with his two daughters to claim his inheritance.
Naturally, everyone is nervous—half sister Sonia (who had expected to inherit everything) even quite jealous.But even since the trip across the Atlantic, strange occurrences have taken place—with Gus (the new Earl) brushing them off as accidents. But soon Hugo and others are not so sure. Additionally, the people living in the castle are worried about where they will find to live after the new Earl has properly claimed his inheritance. Everything becomes even more upsetting when murder takes place.
This is probably a sort of cozy mystery, but has the interest of being post WWII Britain. I liked the narration. Michael Page makes distinctly different voices come alive, and does womens’ voices well, too. I had wondered how well the transition to a new American Earl would happen, but it went very well. A very pleasant listen.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful