Everyone in 1920s London knows the Honourable Cressida Fawcett: fiercely independent (though never apart from her little pug Ruby), lover of martinis and interior designer extraordinaire. She’s solved many crimes of fashion… so how about murder?
Cressida Fawcett is heading to the English countryside for a weekend of cocktails and partying at her friend’s glamorous mansion, the location of a recent diamond heist. But just hours after her arrival, Cressida is woken by an almighty scream. Rushing to the landing, she looks down into the great hall to find a trembling maid standing next to the body of Harry, the friendly young chandelier cleaner.
Everyone believes Harry’s death was an accident. But as Cressida examines the opulent hall and the beautiful grounds, she thinks something darker is afoot. Why clean a chandelier in the early hours of the morning? And who overheard Harry boasting about coming into unexpected wealth? A small piece of torn silk found near the body has Cressida looking at the guests’ elegant clothes with fresh eyes…
The short-tempered Detective insists that she keeps her curious nose out of the investigation, but it’s Cressida who realises the stolen diamonds were hidden in the sparkling chandelier. Convinced there is a connection between the theft and the murder, the case takes a sinister turn when a guest is killed in his sleep after a brandy-fuelled night of cards. With everyone unable to leave, can Cressida’s sharp eye for detail catch the killer before another life is taken?
An absolutely gripping and utterly charming 1920s murder mystery packed with wit, glamour and intrigue. The perfect whodunnit for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Downton Abbey!
Fliss Chester lives in Surrey with her husband and writes historical cozy crime. When she is not killing people off in her 1940s whodunnits, she helps her husband, who is a wine merchant, run their business. Never far from a decent glass of something, Fliss also loves cooking (and writing up her favourite recipes on her blog), enjoying the beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside and having a good natter.
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My thoughts: this was lots of fun, Cressida(and pug sidekick Ruby) pop over from their Chelsea flat to visit Dotty, Crssida’s best friend, whose family home has suddenly become host to a series of crimes – theft of diamonds and a murder! Luckily, as well as impeccable taste in interiors, Cressida is an excellent solver of mysteries – if the detective from Scotland Yard would just stop telling her off!
Someone in the house knows something, but is it a guest or a member of the family or someone below stairs?
I really enjoyed this, these historical crime books are fun, all huge country houses and locked rooms, lots of eyes and ears but no one saw or heard anything and there’s always a ghastly aunt or brother or in this case fiance to fend off too. Cressida and Ruby are an entertaining pair, one with a nose for crime and one with a nose for sausages! More please.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.