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“Counts, countesses, and corpses highlight Lucy Stone’s trip across the pond” in this mystery from the New York Times-bestselling author (Kirkus Reviews).
It’s a nippy spring in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and Lucy Stone can’t wait to join her friend Sue in England for a hat exhibition. But at Moreton Manor, privileged life isn’t always tea and crumpets.
Though the earl and his sister are surprisingly accommodating to their jetlagged guests, Lucy feels uneasy after a fallen portrait sparks talk of a deadly family omen. The bad vibes come quickly—snobby Aunt Millicent and her handmaiden Harrison unexpectedly drop by for the exhibition, and meals with the family are consistently tense. But real trouble begins when a body, bludgeoned by the chapel’s gold-plated reliquary, is found in a hidden, sealed off room. Stranger still, the corpse is identified as Harrison’s son, Cyril.
While Cyril wasn’t exactly a gentleman, and it’s unclear what business he had on the property, one thing’s for sure—the criminal is privy to Moreton Manor secrets. And Lucy has a hunch that the killer’s been in her company all along, waiting for a chance to make blue blood run red…
“Engaging…Anglophiles will find plenty to like in this delightful cozy.”—Publishers Weekly
“Reading a new Leslie Meier mystery is like catching up with a dear old friend.”—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author