Lady Lupin’s old pals, Tommy and Duds Lethbridge, having inherited a modest manor house in Buckinghamshire, decide to give an old-fashioned Christmas houseparty to help take their minds off the post-World War II English austerity. They’ve little food and even less strong drink but if their guests chip in their ration books, it looks like a good time could be had by all. Unfortunately, the party doesn’t go well at all, what with the guests, including two pretty young twin sisters, constantly bickering . Duds can’t wait to see the last of her guests but when one of the sisters kills herself in the early hours of the New Year, she knows it’s time to summon Lady Lupin, the pretty young, scatterbrained wife of the vicar of Glanville. The coroner says suicide but Loops, who dabbles in detection, isn’t so sure. First published in 1947 in England, this is its first appearance in the U.S. and completes the Lady Lupin quartet.
“Everything meshed to make the tale satisfying and plausible. Then, just when I thought I had it figured out, Coggin threw a live wire into the mix and shocked me with the ending. Strongly recommended.”
—I Love a Mystery
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