Death at the Wychbourne Follies


Death at the Wychbourne Follies

by Amy Myers

Severn House Publishers

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 01 Mar 2019

Review

The return of Lady Ansley’s old Gaiety theater group to Wychbourne court is intended to be a happy occasion, a chance to relive memories of triumphs. But a spanner is thrown into the works by Lord Richard, Lady Sophy and Lady Helen’s plans for a show. Not everyone amongst the aging actors and actresses are thrilled with the idea, particularly when it is determined the play will be at the public house. But that doesn’t match the brouhaha that comes when Lady Ansley asks whatever happened to Mary Ann. She disappeared but was she murdered?

Little does Lady Ansley or Nell Drury expect that this question will lead to murder, and long hidden secrets coming into view. In the world of the Gaiety, not all is what it seemed.

Death at the Wychbourne Follies is good, but it takes a long while to get into the meat of the story. I liked the previous Nell Drury novel far more. Once it takes off, the story becomes compelling, but you have to be patient.

4 / 5

I received a copy of Death at the Wychbourne Follies from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

— Crittermom

Description

Simmering tensions, buried memories and old scores are revived at Wychbourne Court when Lady Ansley's old theatre group reunite to perform the Wychbourne Follies.

1926, Kent. Lady Ansley’s old Gaiety Theatre group are reuniting at Wychbourne Court for the weekend. But how will they react when they learn that, thanks to her son Richard, the Follies, which began as a jolly idea for their own amusement, has become a fully-fledged performance to be held in the village at the Coach and Horses Inn? Chef Nell Drury is sure her guests’ reaction isn’t the only thing worrying Lady Ansley. A fascinating group of actors and actresses – from the pompous Hubert Jarrett to the dashing Neville Heydock, it’s not long before simmering tensions, revived old scores, fears and, worst of all, buried memories take centre stage. What happened to Mary Ann Darling, the young Gaiety actress who disappeared thirty years ago? As the performance draws to a close, the real drama is only just beginning…

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