Lady Marmalade's first mystery. Visiting some friends, Lordy and Lady Appleby turns out to be a dangerous affair. For the kitchen maid at least, who ends up dead.
How did she die and who would want to kill her is up to Lady Marmalade and Inspector Devlin Pearce to determine. Making their work even harder are the five suspects who all had reason to kill her.
The Lord of the manner who was having an affair with her. The Lady who was upset at her cheating husband. Her bastard son, her low life of an ex-husband or the butler who she had spurned.
One of them did it, though they all might have wanted to. In the lineage of Agatha Christie, this cozy mystery is set in the late 1940s.
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A little short but good story
This is an “Agatha Christie” type of mystery with the reveal of the culprit in the meeting with all of the suspects. You get a slight sense of the individuals involved but not a full fleshing out of the characters or the mystery due to the constraints on the short story vehicle. It was fun and had a number of decent suspects. I wish it were longer so as to develop the story more. I would love to see it in a novella length. Worth the read and won’t take long to finish.