For fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries comes Jane Wunderly—a thoroughly modern young American widow—traveling abroad in post-World War I England and enjoying the hospitality of a dashing lord and a perfectly proper manor house, until murder makes an unwelcome appearance . . .
England, 1926: Wedgefield Manor, deep in the tranquil Essex countryside, provides a welcome rest stop for Jane and her matchmaking Aunt Millie before their return to America. While Millie spends time with her long-lost daughter, Lillian, and their host, Lord Hughes, Jane fills the hours devouring mystery novels and taking flying lessons—much to Millie’s disapproval. But any danger in the air is eclipsed by tragedy on the ground when one of the estate’s mechanics, Air Force veteran Simon Marshall, is killed in a motorcar collision.
The sliced brake cables prove this was no accident, yet was the intended victim someone other than Simon? The house is full of suspects—visiting relations, secretive servants, strangers prowling the grounds at night—and also full of targets. The enigmatic Mr. Redvers, who helped Jane solve a murder in Egypt, arrives on the scene to once more offer his assistance. It seems that everyone at Wedgefield wants Jane to help protect the Hughes family. But while she searches for answers, is she overlooking a killer hiding in plain sight?
“The country house intrigue and an unconventional chase reap rewards. Readers will look forward to further cases of the intrepid Jane and the mysterious Mr. Redvers.” —Publishers Weekly
As Neubauer's sprightly follow-up to 2020's Murder at the Mena House opens in 1926, American widow Jane Wunderly is taking flying lessons at the Essex estate of Lord Hughes, her aunt Millie's former lover, and getting acquainted with Lord Hughes's daughter, Lillian, who aspires to a golfing career. After Simon Marshall, a mechanic on the estate and a troubled WWI veteran, dies in an accident, Jane is disturbed to learn the car he was driving had been tampered with. She teams up with the handsome Mr. Redvers, who has resurfaced after their earlier encounter in Egypt, to investigate. Soon Lillian's cousin Alistair is poisoned, Lillian's friend Marie narrowly evades an attack, Jane is pushed into a stream by an unknown assailant, and Jane's flying instructor is hit over the head. Though attentive fans might guess the perpetrator, the country house intrigue and an unconventional chase reap rewards. Readers will look forward to further cases of the intrepid Jane and the mysterious Mr. Redvers.
Fun & easy to read. Characters are like able.
Jane is a wonderful heroine. She is believable and admits her faults. She spend her time trying to solve the crime and keep Redvers at arms length.
Yes, there’s a romance but it’s far from sappy and it’s easy to get invested in all the characters. The plot moves quickly. Can’t wait for more in this series to be written.