Death of a Blue Blood

From A Cozy Girl Reads

In this newest edition of the Murder She Wrote series we ring in the new year with mystery writer Jessica Fletcher and her close friend a detective inspector of Scotland Yard, George Sutherland. They are invited to Castorbrook Castle with her British publisher by the Lord and Lady Norrance .

Just as suddenly as Jessica settles into her room where she is to stay for the duration of her time at the castle, she looks out the window to discover a woman lying on the ground, she ventures out of her room to investigate and finds her dead. Being a typical British Royal family they are closed mouthed and perfectly poised regarding the death, when the identity of the woman is discovered, that she is no other than the Lady's maid and the children on the castle's previous caretaker, Flavia Beckwith .

There is to be a costume ball to be held at the castle to ring in the new year and the Earl wants to make a toast to the new year but before he gets a chance and without warning he collapses and dies apparently of a poisoning from caviar. Soon after it is discovered that there are many grudges and suspects emerging against the Lord of the Castle and family secrets start rising to the surface. With Jessica's knack for solving crimes and as a writer of mystery novels with her expertise along with her detective friend, George, find a murderer.

It was so refreshing to see a relationship blossoming between Jessica and George, The murder she wrote series is a comfort to the soul with murder always at the helm keeping me wanting more and more of this series. I love how Jessica always finds a way to weave herself into every situation to help solve a crime. With a mix of endearing and vicious characters makes this edition of the Murder she Wrote series a must read. I can't wait to read and review the next in the series.

From Lori's Reading Corner

If you like to travel but don’t have the time or the wherewithal, come along with our favorite sleuth as she solves the next crime in the “Murder, She Wrote” series of mystery novels. Publishers Weekly has called Jessica Fletcher “today’s Miss Marple,” high praise indeed.

In her latest exploit, Death of a Blue Blood, Jessica Fletcher discovers the body of a former nanny in the secret garden of Castorbrook Castle. Nestled in the rolling hills of England’s charming Cotswolds, Castorbrook is home to the Earl and Countess of Norrance who have extended an invitation to the Maine mystery writer and her good friend Scotland Yard Inspector George Sutherland to be guests at a gala New Year’s Eve ball. The much-anticipated and exclusive event is expected to be a glittering evening, at which 145 of the British peer’s nearest and dearest will raise their glasses of champagne, dine on a gourmet dinner prepared by a celebrated French chef, dance to the strains of a famed society band, and be treated to a spectacular display of fireworks to usher in the New Year in grand fashion.

Needless to say, everything doesn’t come off quite as planned.

Selected Works

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