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by Verity Press, 31 August 2016. ISBN: 9781537435053
Richard and Elizabeth Spencer
are Americans living in England and acting as house-parents at a boys’ boarding
school. It is the summer holidays and the couple are off to London: Richard to
teach at a University summer course, in which he intends to feature Jane Austen
as a crime writer; and Elizabeth to do research on Jane Austen’s time in London
for an article.
time to enjoy themselves together alone in London is soon interrupted.
Richard’s brother, Andrew, who runs the family’s publishing business, flies to
the UK to bid on a very rare collection of Jane Austen first editions and both
Richard and Elizabeth are concerned that the deal may not be on the level, and,
even if it is, whether Andrew is over-estimating what the firm can afford.
Richard is even more concerned when Andrew meets and falls for Sara
Ashley-Herbert. Andrew and his wife are in the process of divorcing but the
matter is not yet concluded and Richard has very strict views on such matters.
Richard and Elizabeth find themselves at the centre of a group of people
needing their support: Jeremy, a young American student who has broken his leg
in an accident, Babs, a demanding American woman attending Richard’s course,
and Jack, one of the boys from their school, whose mother has left him to fend
for himself while she is away with a boyfriend.
concern Elizabeth and Richard feel about the Jane Austen first editions floods
back when a death occurs that could be an accident but looks suspiciously like
murder. Another death follows and Andrew is arrested for murder. Richard and
Elizabeth are determined to discover the truth, even though it means placing
themselves in danger.
is a pleasant book with some likeable protagonists, in which crime mingles with
English literature, history, religious observances and architecture. It has a
clever plot and an unexpected conclusion. An enjoyable leisurely read.
Donna Fletcher Crowis a former English teacher and a Life Member of the Jane Austin
Society of America, She is the author of 50 books, mostly novels dealing with
British history.The award-winning Glastonbury, A Novel of the Holy Grail, an Arthurian grail search epic covering
15 centuries of English history, is her best-known work.She is also the author of The Monastery
Murders: A Very Private Grave, A Darkly
Hidden Truth and An Unholy Communion
as well as the Lord Danvers series of Victorian true-crime novels and the
literary suspense series The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries. Donna and her
husband live in Boise, Idaho.They have
4 adult children and 12 grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic gardener.
Carol Westronis a successful short
story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical crime panel, The Deadly
Dames.Her crime novels are set both in contemporary
and Victorian times.The Terminal
Velocity of Cats is the first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published
July 2013. Her latest book The Fragility
of Poppies was published 10 June 2016.