Death Sits Down to Dinner

Minotaur: St. Martin's. (Lady Montfort, Bk. 2). Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250052506. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466854284. M
Lady Clementine Elizabeth Talbot, the Countess of Montfort, is invited to dinner, along with other fashionable guests, at Miss Hermione Kingsley's house to celebrate Winston Churchill's 39th birthday. Yet a pall is cast on the festivities when one of the gentlemen turns up dead. Having been involved in a previous murder inquiry (Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman), Lady Montfort is warned to stay out of the investigation by both her husband and the Scotland Yard detective assigned to the case. Assisted by her ubercompetent housekeeper, Mrs. Edith Jackson, Lady Montfort blithely ignores her spouse and the good inspector. Espionage, murder, and attempted assassinations are all par for the course.
VERDICT Real-life Edwardian personalities abound in this period historical, and the upstairs/downstairs focus delivers a clash of temperaments. This title is bound to appeal to fans of historicals set in this period and of such authors as Rhys Bowen and Ashley Weaver.

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