Wednesday, the 22nd of July, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, and such. If you participate, link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!
This week I am a little late posting but am still going to do so because this is my 100th time participating (a touch incorrect because I misnumbered one post early on so this is technically 99, but its numbered 100, all the same). So of course for this week’s pick, I had to return to my favourite genre–murder mysteries. This time’s pick is the first of a historical mystery series, Murder at Merisham Lodge by Celina Grace (2016) featuring kitchen maid Joan Hart, and ladies maid, Verity Hunter. The series has three full-length novels and a shorter prequel, according to the Goodreads listing. The author has also written two other series, the Kate Redman mysteries, and the Asharton Manor mysteries.
Lady Eveline Cartwright has it all–a title, a mansion, and marriage to a Lord, but despite all that, she is bludgeoned to death one night in the study of Merisham Lodge, in Derbyshire. And while all the suspicion falls on Lady Eveline’s son Peter, a wastrel, Joan and Verity believe otherwise. They must use all their wit and courage to catch the killer who seems to be stopping at nothing to achieve their goal!
Set in the 1930s and in a manor house, this sounds just my kind of cosy mystery so I am certainly looking forward to picking it up. The fact that the people investigating are a kitchen maid and a ladies’ maid sounds to me like shades of Downton Abbey while the manor house setting is a classic one for many an entertaining mystery. I got this one free on kindle when it was on offer, perhaps a couple of years ago.
Have you read this one or any other/s by the author? How did you find it? Do you enjoy cosy mysteries generally? Which are some favourites? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!
Find Lisa’s pick this week, a book I personally really enjoyed, Remarkable Creatures by Tracey Chevalier (here) and Cheryl’s pick Skip Rock Shallows, the story of a young doctor working in a small coal mining town (here)
Cover image from Goodreads as is the book description (here)