Murder at Morrington Hall, is such a delightful new Edwardian mystery!
American heiress Stella Kendrick is being unknowingly bartered in marriage to Viscount (Lyndy) Lyndhurst by her cold, selfish father. An English title in return for thoroughbred horses. The spirited Stella’s initial rejection is complicated when she and Lyndy discover the body of the vicar who was to marry them. Everyone becomes a suspect. When Orson, a valuable thoroughbred brought from America as part of the marriage bargain, is stolen the stakes are raised. Stella and Lyndy work together to solve the mystery, resulting in a partnership and tentative relationship.
I really enjoyed Stella from the very beginning. She is feisty, yet warm and kind, trying to be true to herself while coming to grips with her situation. Lyndy evolved from mildly shallow aristocrat to an appealing, warm character with depth. The historical period is well researched, and I enjoyed the introduction to American “dollar princesses” and their impact on the British aristocracy. The mystery was well plotted, and I found myself unsure of the outcome…almost until the end.
This was a very enjoyable and fun read. I’m really looking forward to the next in this series, and more adventures with Stella and Lyndy!
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington for the advance reader copy made available for my review.