Love love love murder cozies, especially historical murder cozies. And if they happen to occur in Britain, all the more. The home of the murder cozy.
Stella Hart makes good an escape from an unwanted suitor, Tony, by heading towards her mother and stepfather's home in England. But when said suitor chases after her, step-cuz/crush George--who's already engaged to another woman, Mavis--comes up with the idea to pretend to be engaged themselves and he'll go away. All of the family is pressed into the charade, including Mavis. But then, things begin to fall apart. Overheard conversations and a dead body on the grounds lead to more complications and it's up to Stella to sort it all out.
I love the characters in this book. Stella is as feisty as a girl in the 20's can be. George is a misunderstood hero in disguise and yet fits the profile of the cad that his fiancee and future in-laws try to make him out to be. Mavis is the woman scorned as the charade continues and yet, a thoroughly likeable woman scorned. Parents and friends gathered for a weekend and they all keep things lively. Everyone seems to be more than what they are.
Plot was great. Absolutely fantastic. I couldn't help myself; I couldn't stop reading. I was hooked from the first paragraph to the last. It moves along but never goes too fast and never bogs down. I didn't even see that ending coming and yet, if I look back now, it makes perfect sense. Brilliant writing all around, Lucy Blue.
I loved it so much, I bought the other three in the series and I can't wait to read them as well. Definitely five out of five stars and a must read for anyone who loves Agatha Christie and Abigail Keam.