Posted by: Karen | October 22, 2016

BRITISH MANOR MURDER by Leslie Meier plus GIVEAWAY

Lucy Stone Mystery #23.28439317

Available now from Dreamscape Media.

From the Publisher:

“It’s a nippy spring in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and so Lucy Stone can’t wait to join her friend Sue at the Earl of Wickham’s manor in England for the “Heads Up!” hat exhibition—even if she has to spend her entire holiday curtseying. But at Moreton Manor, privileged life isn’t always tea and crumpets . . .

Although Perry, the earl of the house, and his sister, Poppy, are surprisingly accommodating to their jet-lagged 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.

Considering the weapon and the clandestine location, Lucy wouldn’t be shocked if the murder was an inside job. Cyril wasn’t exactly a gentleman, and it’s unclear what business he had on the property. Was the victim trying to make off with the family riches before meeting his end? Or was a scorned country squire looking to settle an ancient indiscretion for good? One thing’s for sure—the criminal is privy to Moreton Manor secrets . . .

To end the reign of terror, Lucy must keep her ear to the ground and mind time-honored traditions—no matter how unusual. Because Lucy has a hunch that the killer has been in her company all along, just waiting for a chance to make blueblood run red . . .”

My recording experience:

If you’re a Downton Abbey fan as well as a cozy mystery fan, I think you’ll love the latest Lucy Stone book.  I admit I plundered Downton characters for several of the voices here, and especially had a blast with the Countess of Wickham! As in French Pastry Murder, poor Lucy can’t seem to take a vacation without playing sleuth, but I guess that is the point of a murder mystery…

Listen to a sample here:

And, the Giveaway:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Sue S. is the randomly selected winner and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get her address.  Thanks to all for entering!  I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter. Oftentimes, you can also enter there!

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Responses

  1. I like the humorous characters.

  2. Cozy mysteries are fun romps in interesting places involving colorful, often quirky characters. Often placed in picturesque villages or country manors and characterized by little blood or vicious violence, you can read a cozy mystery in bed and then drop off to sleep without fear of nightmares!

  3. I like them because they are comfortable, like the favorite pair of pajamas you go to on cold winter nights. I know the story will be good and the characters the type of people I’d choose as real life friends.

    • Sue, you are the randomly selected winner! Congrats.

      • Thank you!!

  4. I like cozy mysteries because they are predictable. I like that I can snuggle into one knowing that there will be a quirky, unique sleuth, a bit of humor, and that the bad guys will see justice in the end.

  5. I enjoy cozy mysteries because they are light, quirky fun often featuring colorful characters! (LOL! I had just picked up ‘Father’s Day Murder’ because you narrated it!) Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Even if I didn’t already want to read (listen) to more of Lucy’s adventures, this excerpt would do it. Love the voices. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. I love the amusing characters, the creative themes, the covers, the humorous titles…just the best genre of books on the market. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com


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