Simon Hannaford is in need of some fast money, and murder seems the obvious solution. Specifically, a 1930s Murder Mystery Weekend, to be held at Madingley Grange, his aunt’s superbly hideous gothic mansion. Simon and his sister are meant to be house-sitting, but surely Aunt Maude would not begrudge them the chance to earn a few nearly honest shekels. Ah, the confidence of youth! Simon’s grand plans quickly go awry, beginning with the guests—each one dottier than the last—and moving on to the staff, hired on the cheap and with larcenous plans of their own. And when an actual body turns up, deprived of actual life, Simon’s charade of detection is suddenly forced to begin in earnest. Though Caroline Graham is best known for the Inspector Barnaby series, this wonderful, hilarious satire of the country house mystery is a delightful read.
"An ingenious plot and excellent characters...well written and witty"—The Guardian
"Extracts maximum fun from the genre"—London Sunday Times
Who's likely to like this: Fans of Robert Barnard and of Caroline Graham's Inspector Barnaby series