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Death of a Blue Blood
Murder, She Wrote Series
Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain

Obsidian/NAL Hardcover
October 7, 2014 / ISBN 978-0451468253
Murder Mystery

Reviewed by Linda Young


England, present day

Jessica and her friend, Scotland Yard detective George Sutherland, have been invited to a New Year's Eve ball at Castorbrook Castle, thanks to her British publisher. Shortly after arriving, Jessica finds the body of a lady's maid in the garden.

While the host, Lord Norrance, and others in the household and party quests squabble over the death in totally British style, family relations are strained and old wounds are opened and cutting remarks are handed out. And that is just at teatime!

As midnight approaches the next night, the Earl offers a toast along with fireworks. But everything comes to a screeching halt when the Lord of the manor falls ill and dies, apparently poisoned. The number of suspects with a grudge against the Earl sprouts like English ivy.

Now it's up to Jessica to find the killer, or killers, before another body welcomes in the New Year.

As always, Jessica is right in the middle of things. She has her work cut out for her this time. Dealing with, the "oh so proper", British is a challenge for anyone. It gets a little slow at times, but it always picks right back up again. It keeps you reading right to the end because you want to find out if you picked the right suspect or not.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Margaritas and Murder #24
A Question of Murder #25
Three Strikes and You?e Dead #26
A Slaying in Savannah #30
The Fine Art of Murder #36
Trouble at High Tide #37
Domestic Malice #38
Close-up on Murder #40
Aloha Betrayed #41
Death of a Blue Blood #42
The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher #44
Design for Murder #45

Reviewed 2015