A wonderfully comedic mystery full of sharp drama, sly wit—and a smidgeon of murder—in the vein P. G. Wodehouse, Julian Fellowes, and Agatha Christie.
Sir Ecgbert Tode of Tode Hall has survived to a grand old age—much to the despair of his younger wife, Emma. But at age ninety-three he has, at last, shuffled off the mortal coil.
Lady Emma Tode, thoroughly fed up with being a dutiful Lady of the Manor, wants to leave the country to spend her remaining years in Capri. Unfortunately her three tiresome children are either unwilling or unable (too mad, too lefty or too happy in Australia) to take on management of their large and important home, so the mantle passes to a distant relative and his glamorous wife.
Not long after the new owners take over, Lady Tode is found dead in the mausoleum. Accident? Or is there more going on behind the scenes of Tode Hall than an outsider would ever guess?
In the traditions of two great but very different British authors, Agatha Christie and P. G. Wodehouse, Waugh’s hilarious and entirely original twist on the country house murder mystery comes complete with stiff upper lips, even stiffer drinks, and any stiffs that might embarrass the family getting smartly brushed under the carpet.
Loved, loved, LOVED this madcap romp through the “most beautiful home in England!”
Cozy mysteries often take themselves a little too seriously, and here the author pokes fun at the English County House version of the genre.
The characters, especially India, are just pure fun, and the way the bad guy is caught had me alternately gasping and cackling.
Published By: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: October 5, 2021
Thanks to Edelweiss.Plus for the review copy