Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day


“Irresistible… a Golden Age homage, an elegantly constructed mystery that on every page reinforces the message that everyone counts.” –New York Times Book Review

From the award-winning author of The Day I Died and The Lucky One, a captivating suspense novel about nurses during World War II who come to Agatha Christie’s holiday estate to care for evacuated children, but when a body is discovered nearby, the idyllic setting becomes host to a deadly mystery.

Bridey Kelly has come to Greenway House—the beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie—in disgrace. A terrible mistake at St. Prisca’s Hospital in London has led to her dismissal as a nurse trainee, and her only chance for redemption is a position in the countryside caring for children evacuated to safety from the Blitz.

Greenway is a beautiful home full of riddles: wondrous curios not to be touched, restrictions on rooms not to be entered, and a generous library, filled with books about murder. The biggest mystery might be the other nurse, Gigi, who is like no one Bridey has ever met. Chasing ten young children through the winding paths of the estate grounds might have soothed Bridey’s anxieties and grief—if Greenway were not situated so near the English Channel and the rising aggressions of the war.

When a body washes ashore near the estate, Bridey is horrified to realize this is not a victim of war, but of a brutal killing. As the local villagers look among themselves, Bridey and Gigi discover they each harbor dangerous secrets about what has led them to Greenway. With a mystery writer’s home as their unsettling backdrop, the young women must unravel the truth before their safe haven becomes a place of death . . .

My Thoughts

There have been a slew of mysteries published in last few years that feature Agatha Christie as a character in a real-life mystery. I’m beginning to think the trope is played out.

Here we have the story of two “nurses” engaged to care for ‘vacs – children evacuated from London during World War II. In this case, the children and their minders are sent to Greenway, the home of Max and Agatha Mallowan (Christie).

We know from the start that one of the “Bridget Kelly’s” is pretending to be a nurse, but hey, why not make the other Bridget Kelly also a faker? And let’s not make either one of them sympathetic. So begins one of the oddest stories I’ve read in a long time. I found the whole thing kind of muddled. General reviews have been good, so I may have to go back and re-read this one in a few months to see what I missed.

Publication Date: October 12, 2021
Published By: William Morrow
Thanks to Netgalley for the review copy