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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Murder at the Majestic Hotel by Clara McKenna

Lord and Lady Lyndhurst are on their honeymoon in York. Lord Lyndy has taken every care that nothing should go amiss on their stay in York but right at the start the Honeymoon Suite has been given to an an elderly gent Mr. Wingrove much to Lord Lyndhurst's chagrin and dismay but his wife the light hearted American Stella just shrugs it off as another odd thing that has happened. When Mr. Wingrove is found dead the next morning and several people and circumstances prove too suspicious for Stella, she independently tries to get to the bottom of this mystery despite all protocols and expectations of the time expect her to behave otherwise. When Stella's visit to York coincides with the Royal Princesses unveiling of Queen Victoria's statue she like all dignitaries attend until a bomb set off disrupts the proceedings, causes injuries and damage to people attending and a search for whether the attack and the murders are connected. The story which was a detective story in the main, held a lot of interest due to its Edwardian setting. Everything and everyone was dictated by the norms of the time, from the Police to the inhabitants and it was striking to see how the aristocracy could get away with literally murder if they were pushed to it. Very interesting reading. Sent by Kensington Books for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.