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As the suffragette movement sweeps England in 1912, Lady Cecilia Bates wants to march but ends up trailing a killer instead in the latest entry to the Manor Cat Mysteries.
Lady Cecilia of Danby Hall feels adrift. She couldn’t be less interested in helping to plan the church's upcoming bazaar. Instead, what excites her most is the Woman’s Suffrage Union meeting she has just attended.
Inspired by the famous and charismatic leader of the group, Mrs. Amelia Price, Cecilia is eager to join the Union—if she can hide it from her parents, that is. But when Mrs. Price is found dead at the foot of the stairs of her home, her Votes for Women sash torn away, Cecilia knows she must attend to a more urgent matter: finding the killer. With the help of her lady’s maid Jane and intelligent cat Jack, she hopes to play her part in earning women’s equality by stopping the Union’s dangerous foe.
Casey's uneven sequel to 2019's Lady Takes the Case, likewise set in 1912 Yorkshire, finds Lady Cecilia Bates of Danby Hall excited to learn that Mrs. Amelia Price, the charismatic president of the Women's Suffrage Union, will be speaking at Danby Village Guildhall. Lady Cecilia meets Mrs. Price at the event, and the two women become friends. Mrs. Price rents a nearby cottage for an extended stay. Tensions slowly emerge within the Union as well as within Mrs. Price's immediate family. Eventually, Mrs. Price takes a fatal fall down her cottage stairs. Was it an accident or murder? Lady Cecilia, who knows many people regarded Mrs. Price's views as a threat to their livelihood, works with Jane Hughes, her American lady's maid, to resolve the mystery. Casey knows how to set a scene, but her rich, sometimes repetitive descriptions of upper-class life tend to slow the plot, and some readers may struggle to engage with characters who could have come straight out of a TV miniseries. Those who care for depth more than surface will have to look elsewhere.