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Monday, January 2, 2023

Death at Crookham Hall by Michelle Salter

My reads of late have been excellent. Blending the mystery genre with a fair amount of information on society of the relevant times, it has given me a wider understanding of social mores and expectations of the time. This has been relevant to the outcome of those stories. This story was no exception. London 1920 still in the grip of male control. one dead suffragette, one missing suffragette and for the first time ever two women competing for the post of MP. Iris Woodmore is a reporter covering theelection. She is also the daughter of the dead and has not got over the sudden death of her mother - dead drowning in the Thames. When whilst covering the election, she is told by a watchman that her mother actually jumped into the Thames deliberately, it sets Iris off on an investigation which uncovers many incidents in the past including a murder and a scandal of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse which rocks the town. Small towns have closer knit communities with tighter controls against outsiders and in 1920 a hierarchy that you ignored at your own risk. Aristocracy, wealth and power held sway very much displayed in this story. Sent by Boldwood Books for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley. Very good reading.


  1. I appreciate your thoughts on this one. Great to be on a good reading streak! Happy New Year, Mystica.

  2. London in 1920 and a story about suffragettes? This does sound like a good one. :D

  3. Great time period and it sound like an interesting mystery!