Christmas 1938. It is meant to be very Christmassy especially since it is a mixed gathering, but there
seems to be many hidden tensions.
The hosts the Westbury's themselves are a mixed bunch. Lord W is vague and somewhat out of place, Lady W
is the mistress of ceremonies who has to hold things together, Three grown up children all squabbling with
each other - all seemingly having hidden agendas. Then the invitees themselves.
When David one of the guests and a very old friend of the family is found murdered on their doorstep, Hugh
Galveston is called in as an old friend and visitors for Christmas to try to use his detective skills to
solve the murder. The local constable thinks it is an open shut case of suicide and his language is hilarious
in the description.
The story of Hugh trying to detect, but avoiding the local police and the family and the other guests from
interfering and upsetting his plans are amusing. It is 1938 and on the cusp of WW but these seem far away
for this family who want to stick to their traditions of what they consider a "proper Christmas". Trying to
keep within these boundaries of what is considered respectable is also a burden as even a post mortem is
considered not quite right for the aristocracy.
Reminiscent of an era long gone, this was a cosy mystery murder set with just few characters but all vastly
different from each other.
Sent by Poisoned Pen Press for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.
This sounds like a wonderful read. Funny that a post mortem is not considered quite right for the aristocracy!ReplyDelete
It sounds delightful; sadly no copies in our library system.ReplyDelete
Oh this sounds wonderful and I love the sound of how Hugh has to investigate! I need to see if I can find this one.ReplyDelete