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SusannaG

SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %

The Affair of the Blood Stained Egg Cosy

Affair of the Blood Stained Egg Cosy - James Anderson

In The Affair of the Blood Stained Egg Cosy (and one does actually appear in the novel!), it is the late 1930s, and a central european duchy is worried about Hitler.  They are negotiating with the British government over the terms of protection, and have agreed to send two senior diplomats to England, to hash out details.  To keep things quiet at this stage, the meetings are to be held at an English country house, under cover of the family having a weekend party, where the daughter's friends will be present, along with an American millionaire and his wife, the guests of the earl.  (The earl, and the millionaire, Mr. Peabody, are both notable collectors of antique guns.)

 

Then valuable antique pistols are stolen, as are Mrs. Peabody's spectacular diamonds, and another guest's body is found in a lake.  The police are called in.

 

Most of these characters have secrets, hardly anyone is telling the truth at any given time, and the plot is highly twisted (I certainly didn't guess who did it).

 

The clues are fairly laid, but I would suggest that what isn't said is almost as important a clue as what is, to what is actually going on.  ("The silence of the dog in the night," in a way.)

 

A nice little historical mystery.