A Pinch of Poison

A Pinch of Poison

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Good deeds build good character, and good character is what the Haverleigh School for Young Ladies is all about. Lady Phoebe-with the tireless assistance of Eva-has organized a luncheon at the school to benefit wounded veterans of the Great War, encouraging the students to participate in the cooking and the baking. But too many cooks do more than spoil the broth-they add up to a recipe for disaster when the school's headmistress, Miss Finch, is poisoned. The girls at Haverleigh all come from highly respected families, none of whom will countenance their darling daughters being harassed like common criminals by the local police. So Lady Phoebe steps in to handle the wealthy young debutantes with tact and discretion, while Eva cozies up to the staff. Did one of the girls resent the headmistress enough to do her in? Did a teacher bear a grudge? What about the school nurse, clearly shell shocked from her service in the war? No one is above suspicion, not even members of the school's governing body, some of whom objected to Miss Finch's omoderno methods. But Lady Phoebe and Eva will have to sleuth with great stealth-or the cornered killer may try to teach someone else a lethal lesson. Praise for MURDER MOST MALICIOUS, the first Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery! oEntertaining . . . some of the characters and scenes are highly reminiscent of TV's Downton Abbey , but Maxwell makes Phoebe and Eva distinctive personalities in their own right.o- Publishers Weekly oMaxwell provides a neat little mystery and a heavily atmospheric look at life in a great house after the trials of the war.o- Kirkus Reviews oDetails of the lives of the nobility and their servants, and the aftermath of the war, are woven throughout the story, and the forward-thinking Phoebe is a charming main character.o- Booklist oThe story is so good, you don't want it to end.o- Suspense Magazine o Downton Abbey fans will enjoy Maxwell's evocative descriptions of a particular society as it transitions from the Edwardian Age to modern times.o- Library Journal
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781617738340
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm.


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Jul 29, 2017

This is a delightful mystery with good characters. The relationship between the Lady and the Lady's Maid is very interesting. Two women on different social levels. This book also well describes the changes that everyone is experiencing after the first World War.


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