November, 1932. Still reeling from the recent murder at Mullings, country estate of the wealthy Stodmarsh family, the peaceful little village of Dovecote Hatch is about to be rocked by news of another violent death. Read more...
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November, 1932. Still reeling from the recent murder at Mullings, country estate of the wealthy Stodmarsh family, the peaceful little village of Dovecote Hatch is about to be rocked by news of another violent death. When mild-mannered Kenneth Tenneson is found dead from a fall down the stairs at his home, the coroner s inquest announces a verdict of accidental death. Florence Norris, however the quietly observant housekeeper at Mullings suspects there may be more to it than that.
Florence s suspicions of foul play would appear to be confirmed when a second will turns up revealing details of a dark secret in the Tenneson family s past. Determined to find out the truth about Kenneth s death, Florence gradually pieces the clues together but will she be in time to prevent a catastrophic turn of events?"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Set in 1932, Cannell’s enjoyable second Florence Norris mystery (after 2014’s Murder at Mullings) finds the intuitive housekeeper of Mullings, the Stodmarsh family home in the village of Dovecote Hatch, looking into another suspicious death. When genteel bachelor Kenneth Tenneson takes a fatal fall down the stairs at Bogmire, his sizable, “grim-looking” Victorian house, the coroner rules his death an accident. Tenneson’s miserly elder sisters and his sweet young ward stand to inherit his estate, but a secret second will reveals the existence of another potential heir. Florence, who suspects someone pushed Tenneson down the stairs, joins forces with Inspector LeCrane, who played a lead investigative role in Murder at Mullings, to sift through the clues and determine who has the most to lose by the second will’s revelations. A strong cast of village characters and an intricate plot will keep cozy fans turning the pages. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (July)