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British Manor Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery Book 23) (original 2016; edição 2016)

por Leslie Meier (Autor)

Séries: A Lucy Stone Mystery (23)

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Although Perry, the earl of the house, and his sister, Poppy, are surprisingly accommodating to their jetlagged guests, Lucy feels uneasy after a fallen portrait sparks talk of a deadly family omen. The bad vibes come in quickly: snobby Aunt Millicent and her handmaiden Harrison unexpectedly drop by for the exhibition, and meals with the family are consistently tense. But real trouble begins when a body, bludgeoned by the chapel's gold-plated reliquary, is found in a hidden, sealed off room. Stranger still, the corpse is identified as Harrison's son, Cyril. From back cover.… (mais)
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Título:British Manor Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery Book 23)
Autores:Leslie Meier (Autor)
Informação:Kensington Cozies (2016), Edition: Reprint, 222 pages
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**I was provided a copy of this upcoming book by Kensington via NetGalley in exchange for a fair, honest review.**

Lucy Stone is back in Leslie Meier's newest book, British Manor Murder! Revisiting a favorite character is always a joy! This is the 23rd Lucy Stone cozy mystery, and it is just as enjoyable a read as all the others!

The Basics: Lucy is upset because her grandson has moved to Alaska with his parents. Her friends decide she needs a vacation to help her relax. What better place to get some R&R than a British Manor House? She jets off to England for a vintage hat exhibition with her friend, Sue, to stay at Moreton Manor. The Earl of Wickham and his wife, who prefer to be called Perry and Poppy, are surprisingly down to earth and gracious hosts. The household gets a bit riled up when a portrait falls from the wall, damaging the painting and frame. The portrait is supposedly cursed and bad things will befall the Manor and its residents if it is ever removed from the wall. It fell once before, and a member of the family died. Immediately things start going wrong. A dead body is discovered in the maze, dry rot threatens the Manor House itself, and a horrible stench invades a portion of the house. When the stench is traced to another corpse in a sealed-off room in the Manor, Lucy knows the killer is in the house, lurking and perhaps waiting to do more harm. She knows she has to ferret out the culprit, while following the traditions and rules of the vast British estate, before anyone else dies.

As usual, Leslie Meier delivers a delightful, well-written mystery! Plenty of suspense, lots of suspects, great supporting characters, twists and turns -- just a fun, cozy mystery!

It started out a bit slow for me, as Lucy was depressed and whiny for the first chapter or so. But, as soon as she was in England and mystery was afoot, she perked up and forgot about her depression. She wasn't whiny for long!

It isn't necessary to read the Lucy Stone books in order. I haven't read them all -- and was still able to jump right in and enjoy this book! Don't worry if you haven't read any of the series, or only some of the books -- give this one a read!! Definitely an enjoyable, suspenseful mystery!

British Manor Murder releases September 27th!

Check out the author's website for more information on the Lucy Stone series: www.lesliemeierbooks.com

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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
As usual, the mystery wasn't great (the sub-plot with Bill is especially weak), but I loved the setting--an English manor house that has its problems, but isn't completely decrepit. It wouldn't surprise me if Meier was thinking of the house and the family who owns it as descendants of the Crawley family of Downton Abbey. There was actually humor in this book! Lucy wasn't quite as put-about as she usually is, maybe because she was away from her family and boss. Sue Finch was a good companion for Lucy. ( )
  Beth3511 | May 25, 2020 |
Lucy's grandson moved to Alaska with her son and his wife. She mopes because she missed seeing the lad. Her friend Sue asks Lucy to accompany her to England for a hat show at Moreton Manor. They expected more grandeur, but find the manor itself serves as a tourist attraction while the family lives in a secondary house. As they wander in the maze, they find a corpse. They discover things are not quite they seem at the manor with cheap reproductions replacing valuable art pieces. Some inconsistency exists between the earlier installment with a British setting and this one. In English Tea Murder Pam, faced with a maze, states the key is to turn to the left since designers know most people will turn right. In this one, Pam can't figure out which way to go and turns right, getting them lost in the maze. It seems either Pam or Lucy would remember this and automatically go left. ( )
  thornton37814 | Feb 25, 2020 |
Pretty sure I have read this book before, but it was not on my list. Got verrry tired of all the complaining about "not seeing her grandson in Alaska" by Lucy. Get a life!!! ( )
  lhaines56 | May 5, 2019 |
This is only the second book I have read in the Lucy Stone series, but it is easy to enjoy the book and follow without having read the others. Lucy is falling into a depression because her son and his family have moved to Alaska. She misses her grandson terribly. Her friend Sue has been invited to England by the Earl of Wickham to bring her hats to display in his "Hat Exhibit" at Moreton Manor. When they arrive they are in for a surprise. Expecting a lifestyle similar to what they have seen on Downton Abbey, they are shocked to find that the Manor House is actually a tourist attraction open to the public and the family lived in the renovated servant's wing. Perry (the Earl), his sister Poppy and her husband Gerald are living there full-time and taking care of the house with their staff. When Lucy, Sue and the hunky gardener Geoffrey find a dead body in the maze, the police put it off to a tourist who has overdosed. When snobby Aunt Millicent and her lady's maid Harrison unexpectedly drop by the family members are consistently tense. When Aunt Millicent complains about the smell in the hallway near her room, the family puts it off as a dead mouse, but it eventually gets unbearable. A body is discovered in a secret room and Lucy can not help but begin her own investigation.

This is an interesting story. It has all the stuff mysteries are made of: dead bodies, secret children, drugs, thievery, dalliances, snobbery, and entertainment. The fact that I had pretty much figured out who the murderer was quite early, it did not deter my enjoyment of the book. I certainly recommend this Lucy Stone mystery to all Cozy Mystery readers.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
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Although Perry, the earl of the house, and his sister, Poppy, are surprisingly accommodating to their jetlagged guests, Lucy feels uneasy after a fallen portrait sparks talk of a deadly family omen. The bad vibes come in quickly: snobby Aunt Millicent and her handmaiden Harrison unexpectedly drop by for the exhibition, and meals with the family are consistently tense. But real trouble begins when a body, bludgeoned by the chapel's gold-plated reliquary, is found in a hidden, sealed off room. Stranger still, the corpse is identified as Harrison's son, Cyril. From back cover.

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