Hello and welcome to The Sunday Selfies!
Welcome one and all, to the extravaganza that is, the Sunday Selfies; a weekly celebration of companion bloggers from across the world started and hosted by The Cat On My Head Blog and Janet Blue.
Now, Mrs H has been very busy this week, washing all the fine bone china in the house. Not that she has OCD, though I suspect she will have dishpan hands if she’s not careful, MOL
This week we have just finished the second in the Murder Most Unladylike series of murder mystery books (or in the USA: A Wells and Wong Mystery.)
This one is entitled: Arsenic for Tea. For our USA pals, this is titled: Poison Is Not Polite.
What you need to know:- Having not only survived, but also solved the murders of two teachers and one pupil at their boarding school, Daisy and Hazel, our lead protagonists return to Daisy’s parents home and estate called Fallingford. It should be a fun time as it happens to be Daisy’s birthday.
The guests start to arrive and amongst them there is a murderer! Yup, deep in the countryside, and during terrible flooding that effectively isolates the house, one of the guests, Mr Curtis is poisoned.
When he turns out to be a thoroughly obnoxious ne’er do well that was intent on robbing Daisy’s parents, Lord and Lady Hastings, of their prize entiques, you’d have been forgiven for saying ‘Thank heavens and good riddance!’ Of course the plot is far better than that, and with true mystery style, all roads – and grains of arsenic, point to mild mannered practical joker, Lord Hastings himself!
With the fear that the detectives may be next on the list for the murderer, the race is on for Daisy to prove her father innocent before the police arrive the next morning, thus saving him from a fate, well, I’m sure you can guess!
I have to say, Miss Robin Stevens really has given us a great plot line; full of great new characters, twists and turns, and barrel load of red herrings flap this way and that. I have to confess, that Mrs H did not solve this one, though she does say she had a ‘hunch’. Yes, well, on that basis I say it is two nil thus far to the skills of Hazel and Daisy – ably abetted by some of their boarding school pals too.
This book gets a full 10/10 for entertainment, ticking all the boxes.
If you would like to know how this fiendishly clever mystery ends, then do dash on over – in a suitably ladylike manner – and grab yourself a copy from your local bookshop (please do support these wherever you can) or follow the links to Amazon where you should be served a midnight feasts worth of mystery at the click of the button.
I have included UK and USA links to books one and two. I am told that if you click on the USA link you will be served a page relevant to your country!
If you do buy a copy via Amazon, Mrs H and I, as Amazon Associates, will receive a few pence, cents etc., which we will be passing on to our local rescue charity.
I hope you all enjoyed this review, and picture of me AWAKE, which Mrs H says is a rare moment indeed given its now seemingly dark most of the day and raining.
Oh, if you were wondering why Mrs H was so fervant with her dish washing, well it seems that a certain gardener, not mentioning any names, NED, had been using our best china cups to measure out his weed killer and insecticide. Not just once mind, but several times — Talk about Murder Amidst the Rose Beds!
Till next time, when we will be giving you the low down on the third book – assuming Mrs H can read it quickly enough, we wish you all a safe, happy, and well-read week!
Till later, Toodlepip and Purrs!