Nobody's Sweetheart Now The First Lady Adelaide Mystery
by Maggie Robinson
Poisoned Pen Press
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 13 Nov 2018
What is more embarrassing than a cheating husband who dies while speeding along with his mistress? - one who comes back as a ghost, showing up at inopportune times providing irritating commentary and making you look quite mad. Not only does Lady Adelaide Compton have to deal with a corpse that inconveniently appears in her barn during a weekend dinner party, she also has to cope with the appearance of her charming ne’er do well husband’s ghost. Who amongst her guests (all with links to the victim) committed the crime? Scotland Yard sends Inspector Dev Hunter to investigate. Half Indian, all English and entirely handsome, Dev knows he has challenges ahead, including keeping his mind off the beautiful, if slightly peculiar Lady Adelaide.
Nobody’s Sweetheart Now is a charming throwback to the screwball mysteries pop...
Murder Takes a Turn A British country house mystery
by Eric Brown
Pub Date 01 Jul 2018
There is nothing quite like a well written, originally plotted manor house mystery. Murder Takes a Turn is an exemplary manor house mystery complete with a wide cast of characters, each with a motive and potentially the opportunity to murder the victim. Denbigh Connaught has long been a terror, with a long list of wronged acquaintances, including Charles Elder. When Charles receives a letter from Denbigh stating he wants Charles to act as agent for his new novel and invites him to stay for the weekend, he is greatly disturbed. Long ago Charles suffered greatly at Denbigh’s hand and is reluctant to consider accepting the invitation. Meanwhile Donald and his partner are hired by Denbigh’s daughter to investigate his secretary, who she believes is somehow defrauding her father. At Charles’ behest, Maria (his business partner) and Donald accompany him to Denbigh’...
by Richard Easter Endeavour Press
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 24 Dec 2017
The best ghost stories are not what you expect. The General Theory of Haunting is so much more than your average tale of gothic mystery. Yes, you get your isolated manor house, cut off from the outside world. You are told the inevitable - the house is not haunted - the strange sounds you hear are pipes and the house settling.
After Lord Francis Marryman’s wife died in 1809, he was beset with a desire - to construct a physical means of reuniting with his beloved wife. The result of his work, this unusual house in the middle of nowhere where the staff of K&K Publishing is to stay for the New Year’s holiday.
The six who arrive are initially charmed, but become more disturbed as the long weekend progresses. Cut off from the world, in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a house filled with echoing footsteps and whispers, the troop feel their secret...
The Corpse in the Snowman A Nigel Strangeways Mystery
by Nicholas Blake
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 21 Aug 2017
If you like historical mysteries or reprints of novels from the Golden Age of Mystery, you should definitely read at least one of Nicholas Blake’s novels. The Nigel Strangeways mysteries are challenging puzzles where human psychology plays a major role. The Corpse in the Snowman is an excellent manor house mystery that pits Nigel Strangeways and his wife Georgia against a cunning criminal, but is that criminal also a murderer?
Elizabeth Restorick is beautiful and troubled, a hedonist and an addict. Her family is stunned when her body is discovered. But is it a suicide, or a murder made to look like suicide. At the urging of Georgia's cousin and the Restorick family, Nigel explores the possibilities. Is it the enigmatic doctor from London who has been treating Elizabeth’s addiction, or her spurned suitor ? A jealous friend or a m...
Death Shall Come
A country house murder mystery by Simon R. Green
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Sep 2017
Simon R Green clearly has fun turning the classic manor house mystery upside down and tackling classic monsters in his Ishmael Jones series. Already he’s tackled a vampire and the Loch Ness monster. Now it’s a mummy’s turn.
As a favor to the Colonel, Ishmael and Penny head to the Cardavan homestead where the largest trove of privately owned Egyptian artefacts resides. The Colonel is concerned about how his father-in-law was able to purchase the previously undiscovered mummy of the first Cleopatra. As the head of Black Heir, a company known to deal in alien artefacts, his actions are suspect. He is of course the first to die (in a locked room with the only key in his pocket). Is it the mummy no longer resting in its sarcophagus? Or is the murderer one of the group gathered together for its unveiling? Ishmael doesn't believe in mummies, but he knows m...
by Eric Brown
Severn House Publishers
Historical Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 August 2017
I love mysteries involving early Hollywood. I also love classic manor house mysteries. Put the two together like Eric Brown has and the result is an absolutely delicious historical mystery. David Langham is a mystery author/private investigator. American movie star Suzie Reynard hires him to investigate a potential threat to her lover, the film’s director. The cast and crew are preparing to film a mystery based on an actual murder that occurred not far from the film’s location - Marling house, a stately home in the Norfolk countryside. Suzie believes that something sinister is going on at Marling house, so she wants Langham and his fiancee to pose as her friends and stay the weekend. The danger is not readily apparent, but tensions between the cast, crew and homeowners are palpable. The relationships and histor...
A country house murder mystery with a supernatural twist
Simon R Green
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Mar 2017
I absolutely love the Ishmael Jones novels. They showcase Green’s characteristic wit, while providing readers with mysteries which while falling into the manor house mystery tradition (which has sadly fallen out of favor with many writers) are distinctly unique and always exciting. Like all of Green’s novels, the culprits may be more or less than human but Ishmael and Penny are always willing to deal with what is thrown at them no matter how weird - and do so with style. Besides, who can resist a hero who is an alien in human form.
In Very Important Corpses, Ishmael and Penny are called to represent the Organization when an agent is killed mysteriously at a meeting of the Baphomet Society - a group of 12 influential businessmen who control the world’s financial markets. This time, the annual meeting is taking place in an isol...
Fall is coming and Death by Pumpkin Spice is the perfect treat for a restful afternoon. Alex Erickson turns this delightful cozy series on its ear, providing readers with a classic manor house murder mystery starring all of their beloved characters. I was incredibly impressed.
Krissy Hancock is more at home running her bookstore cafe than rubbing shoulders with the elite of Pine Hills, particularly when costumes are involved. She doesn't know what to expect when her boyfriend Will invites her to Halloween at the Yarborough mansion. The house itself is designed to be a horror lovers delight filled with blood and gore of the theatrical variety. The last thing Krissy expects is to discover a very real, very dead body. As a storm makes outside approach impossible, Krissy must help Officer Paul Dalton investigate. It doesn't help that the victim is one of three women dressed as Mari...
Murder at The Loch A traditional murder mystery set in 1950s Scotland
by Eric Brown
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: 15 June 2016
Murder at the Loch reminds readers why Manor house mysteries have always been a popular sub-genre of mysteries. This interesting mystery pits crime writer David Langham and his good friend Ralph Ryland, a private eye, against a possible killer. When their good friend and former commander, Major Cartwright, requests their assistance, the duo travel to the Scottish Highlands. It appears that someone may wish to kill Major Cartwright or the Dutch engineer assisting him in the recovery of a German airplane that crashed into the loch 10 years before. An eclectic assortment of guests are currently staying at the manor, but while any would have opportunity motives are difficult to discern. But their arrival does not prevent a murder from taking place, and a sudden winter storm isolates the manor. With the phones out of commission and snow...