My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lady Clementine Talbot, Countess of Monfort and her brilliant, but somewhat reluctant house keeper Mrs Edith Jackson have set out solving yet another mystery in A Death By Any Other Name. Delightful in its telling of the thirteen days before the declaration of war for World War One in Great Britain, this is a wonderful ‘whodunit’ set in the early 1900’s.
In this story we read about Hyde Rose Society, made up loosely of a group of friends who’s goal in life is to breed the perfect hybrid rose. Within this group of people lies a poisoner of one Mr Rupert Bartholomew, who died five months earlier, where the unlucky cook of the house is blamed and is now fighting to clear her name so that she can go back in service to survive financially. Clementine and Mrs Jackson come to stay at Hyde Castle under the pretence of wanting to join the society, when in reality, they are there to solve the mysterious death and clear the name of the cook. There is a mix of ladies and gentlemen who have several reasonable motives for killing Mr Bartholomew. With red herrings thrown in to muddy the water, this lively story reaches its climax satisfyingly with a confession tricked out of the murderer.
Normally picking up a book in the middle of a series can be hit or miss. Often you can make neither head nor tails of the story because you are missing so much back information found in previous books. Pleasantly this is not the case with A Death By Any Other Name. It is easily picked up with minimal confusion or lack of understanding of the main characters.
Fun, entertaining and well written, this is a book to curl up with when you want a comfort read. Its not going to satisfy people who love reading mysteries, but for the dabbler it is a great read.
Published March 14th 2017