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Dancing With Death
Nell Drury Mystery – Book I
Amy Myers

Severn House
1 May 2017/ ASIN: B06XWHR66X

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde 


Its 1925 and Nell Drury is chef at Wychbourne House in Kent, stately seat of Lord and Lady Ansley. During a fancy dress ball, a body is found behind a door as Nell takes a party of guests on a ghost hunt. The deceased certainly had some enemies, but who would actually want to kill him? Nell turns sleuth to discover whodunit.

If you like period country house mysteries, this ought to have plenty of appeal. Nell was the apprentice of Escoffier and is not a cook but a chef, and this sets the tone for a novel which is set at a time when women’s roles were starting to change. It is also a time when the old social order is breaking up and there is more of a blur between the family and their guests and the staff than there would have been earlier. Nell’s old friend Guy is a bandleader but he served as an officer during the war, and Nell herself has her own car and behaves more like a modern caterer in some ways. How accurate this is I don’t know, but it all forms a backdrop to the mystery, which is fun to read about. Lady Clarice and her ghost obsession was rather wearing (in my opinion) and everybody is keen to humor her, some taking a genuine interest. Although this is not a paranormal mystery the inclusion of the ghost hunts might well appeal to readers who enjoy this type of novel as well as fans of the popular TV series Downton Abbey. An enjoyable cozy mystery that is sure to be the first in a series.

Reviewed 2017