Berkley Prime Crime
Date: April 6, 2004
Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback
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Historical Mystery / Cozy / WWII, England
House Mysteries, No. 6
By Kate Kingsbury
House series, known for its old-fashioned appeal, offers readers
a mixture of village charm, lively characters, and imaginative mysteries.
It’s a winning mix for Kingsbury. Be sure to check out her
first series, The Pennyfoot Hotel mysteries.
Berried Alive, Lady Elizabeth Compton wants to see the American
Major more. Polly wants to see the Three Musketeers and the Manor
House ghosts less. Sadie wants others to see Winnie Churchill, like
she did. And Violet wants Martin to “just see.”
Earl and Lady Compton eventually do spend more time together, but
mostly due to the deaths of four American servicemen. Everyone at
Sitting Marsh can feel the animosity building between the Brit and
US soldiers. The Americans are based at Sitting Marsh for England’s
protection, but some resent their occupation. Tense moments, pranks,
and fights are expected, but not four murders in a row. Lady E.,
feeling responsible for the actions of Sitting Marsh, investigates
the deaths and comes up with the possible conclusions.
folks at Sitting Marsh and the Manor are feeling love struck, spooked,
some what muddled, and definitely temperamental. Only Lady E., with
the comfort and guidance of the Major, can keep them on track. But
for how long? Lady E. maybe responsible and generous, but she also
has feelings. And right now her emotions are quietly wrapped up
in one man, who gives her some startling news once the mystery is
Alive is mystery number six. Clues are scattered throughout;
the twists are as curvy as Sitting Marsh’s dirt roads, and
the surprise conclusion is well hidden. When all is said and done,
series readers will be left with a Manor House cliff hanger….
Don’t miss it!