Lucy Stone is excited to join her friend Sue at Moreton Manor, home to the Earl of Wickham. She's there to enjoy the "Heads Up!" hat exhibition and have a taste of the English aristocratic lifestyle, but her peaceful holiday is shattered when a person who's been bludgeoned to death is found in a hidden, sealed-off room . . .
Was the victim trying to make off with the family riches? And can an amateur detective from small-town America ever get to the bottom of this very English mystery? Lucy puts her sleuthing skills to the test.
This wonderfully fun and cozy mystery from New York Times bestseller Leslie Meier is a delight from start to finish.
"Counts, countesses, and corpses highlight Lucy Stone’s trip across the pond." —Kirkus Reviews
“I like Lucy Stone a lot, and so will readers.” —Carolyn Hart
“Leslie Meier writes with sparkle and warmth.” —Chicago Sun Times
“The Lucy Stone mysteries will appeal to fans of domestic mysteries.” —Booklist
“Mothers everywhere will identify with Lucy Stone and the domestic problems she encounters.” —Publishers Weekly
Lucy Stone is looking to improve her dismal mood in Meier's engaging 25th mystery featuring the Tinker's Cove, Maine, journalist (after 2015's Candy Corn Mystery), so she jumps at the chance to accompany her fashion-conscious friend, Sue Finch, to England. An old pal of Sue's, the Earl of Wickham, has invited her to attend a hat exhibition at his ancestral home, Moreton Manor, and is happy for her to bring a friend. Lucy and Sue realize that leading the 21st-century stately life is no easy task soon after their arrival at the 120-room manor, which is plagued by dry rot and foul stenches. The earl and his sister can't afford the costs of repair, but worse is in store. On a tour of the manor's garden maze, Lucy and Sue discover a dead body at the feet of the classical statue at the maze's center. Amateur sleuth Lucy can't help regarding everyone in the house as a suspect while she sorts out the clues. Anglophiles will find plenty to like in this delightful cozy.