Death Around the Bend

Death Around the Bend

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"September 1909, and Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, have been invited to Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate for a week of motor racing and parties. They both agree that it sounds like a perfectly charming holiday. But when one of the drivers dies in a crash during the very first race, they discover that what seemed like an uncharacteristic error in judgement may have a more sinister explanation... Closer investigation reveals that the driver's car was sabotaged--and the driver murdered. The local constabulary are quick to dismiss the case, but Flo and Lady Hardcastle are determined to find out just who has committed this dastardly act, and why. As the pair begin to make enquiries of Lord Riddlethorpe's servants and guests, it seems that, below stairs and above, there is more to this case than meets the eye. And, even in the quiet of the countryside, death is always just around the bend."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Seattle, [Washington] : Thomas & Mercer, 2017
ISBN: 9781503940109
1503940101
Branch Call Number: M KINSEY T
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 21 cm

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Jul 04, 2017

The third Lady Emily Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong book takes place in 1909, when cars were a really new thing, and motor racing was a definite novelty. Both Emily and Flo hope to be allowed to drive the race cars, since they both have been driving Lady Emily's car for some time. Since this is a ridiculous preoccupation of the rich upper classes, the police dismiss the first murder as reckless bad luck. The second murder, however, involves bludgeoning with a blunt instrument, and cannot be so easily dismissed. Emily and Flo are on the case from the first murder, and their useful contacts above and below stairs, as well as their more esoteric skills, aid in their ability to solve the mystery before more killings erupt. This time neither of them is injured, although other people are not so fortunate. A good mystery to solve and enough humor to make for good summer reading.

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