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An Unmentionable Murder
Last Hurrah for the WWII Manor House Mystery

by Kate Kingsbury

      Lady E, the Manor House staff, and Sitting Marsh villagers are well involved in their final romp along the British seaside. Lady E searches for clues in a suicide that appears to be murder - or is it? Polly and Sadie, members of the Manor House staff, set a trap for a thief. Someoneís stealing knickers off clotheslines - in broad daylight, no less! Rita, head of the Housewivesí League, sends Clara and Marge on a watch for Germans. A discovery at the Windmill has them scurrying to the police station and causing George to choke on his Bradbury cake. Is it invading rats or Germans? The absentminded butler, Martin, disappears only to return feeling livelier than ever. Whatís his secret? The war heats up, causing great pain and distress, and Lady E. fears for the Majorís life.

Itís a great disappoint to hear this is the final Manor House mystery - but thereís nothing disappointing about the seriesí final Hurrah. As usual, Kate Kingsbury brings cozy fans a mystery that leads in many directions. Her characters, with their quirky ways and witty dialogue, are as engaging as ever. The ending, in a sense, isnít final, but it is satisfactory.

Knowing this was the last episode, I hung on to every word, clue, and amusing scene. The nice thing about a charming series like this is rediscovering it and catching all that I missed in the first read through. As with most things, with an ending comes a new beginning. I canít wait to see what Kate Kingsbury and Berkley Prime Crime bring us next.

The Book

August 1, 2006
Historical Mystery - British Cozy
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The Reviewer

Brenda Weeaks
Reviewed 2006
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