A week-long house party in the country—why not? Lady Adelaide has nothing else to do, now that her year of mourning for her unfaithful husband is up and her plans to rekindle her romantic life have backfired. But when her hostess is found dead on the conservatory floor, Addie knows just who to call—Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter of Scotland Yard.
Dev may not want to kiss Addie again, but he's anxious to solve the crime. Who would want to kill Pamela, the beautiful wife of one of Britain's greatest Great War heroes? Certainly not her devoted and wheelchair-bound husband, Sir Hugh Fernald. The other guests seem equally innocent and improbable.
But despite all appearances, something is very wrong at Fernald Hall—there's a body buried in the garden, and the governess has fallen down the stairs to her death. Who's next? Addie and Dev must work together to stop another murder, and they have some help thanks to Rupert, Addie's late and unlamented husband. Rupert needs to make amends for his louche life on earth, and what better way to earn his celestial wings than catch a killer?
In Robinson's winning third mystery set in 1920s England (after 2019's Who's Sorry Now?), Lady Adelaide Compton is navigating the social complexities of a country estate house party when the ghost of her unfaithful husband, Rupert, who's working his way toward heaven by acting as her guardian angel, warns her that a death is imminent. The next day, Addie's hostess, Lady Pamela Fernald, is found dead in the conservatory. Pamela's husband, Sir Hugh Fernald, and their upper-crust guests are still reeling when a second body is discovered buried in the garden. Despite the simmering sexual tension between Addie and Scotland Yard's Det. Insp. Devenand Hunter he didn't follow up on their single spectacular kiss Addie asks Devenand to investigate. The disappearance of a suspect in Pamela's murder, Lord Lucas Waring, her former lover (and Addie's onetime suitor), raises the stakes. The playful narrative voice and colorful characterizations (even the late Rupert comes vividly to life) more than make up for minimal detection and vagueness on forensic matters. Those who enjoy historical cozies with a paranormal twist will be charmed. \n