Wednesday the 13th of February–Shelf Control day again! Shelf Control is a feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR pile. To participate, all you do is to pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it. Link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments as I’d love to check out your picks!

This February my reading ‘theme’ or rather the genre I’ve picked to read is historical mysteries (February reading plans here) and in keeping with that, I also plan to focus my Shelf Control posts on the historical mysteries waiting to be read on my TBR as well. Last week, I featured Angela Marchmont (here)–this week another lady detective, Posie Parker in the same time period, and the book Murder at Maypole Manor by L.B. Hathaway.

The Story: Posy Parker is a lady detective, trying to make her way in 1920s London. In this book, she is asked to accompany Inspector Richard Lovelace on an undercover mission to Maypole Manor, the home of Lord Robin Glaysayer, where a New Year party is to be held. There are twelve guests including an Italian nobleman, a famous filmstar, a government spy, and a clairvoyant. As expected (it’s winter of course), there’s a blizzard outside and murder inside, which Posie must solve in this Golden Age style mystery, which is the third in the series.

Where I got it: This one I came across on offer on Kindle and picked it up since it was a mystery and in a setting that appeals to me as well. There’s always room for a cosy mystery!

The Author: L.B. Hathaway is a writer of historical fiction, who worked as a lawyer at Lincoln’s Inn for almost a decade before turning to writing full time. She describes herself as a fan of Golden Age crime fiction, and an ardent devote of Agatha Christie. Besides this series, she has also written/is writing a trilogy of thrillers in Tudor England.

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This series has six books and a seventh on the way as I can see from the author’s website. I haven’t read any of the books before, but the cover was appealing (it looks like a fun cosy). While the plot (people stuck in a blizzard with a murderer targetting them) isn’t ‘new’, it will be interesting to see what spin the author puts on it! Some that I’ve enjoyed in similar settings (blizzard and murder) include The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie, and I’m Half Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley.

Do you enjoy cosy mysteries ?What are some of your favourite cosy mystery series/books? Have you read this one or any other book in this series? How did you find it? Looking forward to hearing about it!


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