Published by: Clink Street
Publication Date: 28th June 2018
Lady Laura Boxford lives with her pug, Parker in the retirement complex of Wellworth Lawns, formerly her family home. One day she and her friend Venetia see the ancient actor, Sir Repton Willowby arriving. He’s Venetia’s cousin by marriage and Venetia says he murdered his wife. He lives at the Edwardian pile, Mount Cod and he says he’s being haunted by the ghost of an eighteenth century serving wench called Rosalind.
Laura is convinced he’s a charlatan using the ghost as a ruse for finding a new wife. She determines to get to the bottom of the mystery on account of Venetia’s daughter who stands to inherit Mount Cod. But did Sir Repton murder his wife and is the house haunted?
I was invited to take part in the blog tour for this book, but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to, with the dissertation and everything, so Authoright sent me a copy to read and review when I had a chance. Since I’m in the middle of a two week break from my dissertation at the minute, I’ve had the chance to read a few books, most for scheduled posts, but a couple of unscheduled books. This is one of them.
I enjoyed this novel, it’s a cosy crime set in the retirement community of Wellworth Lawns, where Lady Laura Boxford and her friends try to survive the increasing madness of the manager and the machinations of a group of fraudsters taking advantage of Sir Repton Willowby, of Mount Cod.
The plot is well-developed, as are the characters, each one individual, mad or infuriating, especially Venetia and her daughter. Laura has a habit of jumping to conclusions and getting into trouble, but still survives her adventures. It’s humorous, easy to read and fun.
One minor issue, that may actually be because I have a review copy: it needs a tiny bit of editing.