By Mary Daheim
Even though lurching via London is ever so jolly, hostess on-holiday Judith McMonigle Flynn and her cantankerous cousin Renie are looking ahead to an unharried weekend at a true English nation manor. They locate the property taxing, notwithstanding, what with traveling family crowding each corner and cranny of Ravenscroft apartment, whereas its awesomely elderly mistress, Aunt Petulia, holds court—until a field of poisoned candies accelerates the dour dowager's loss of life. quickly Judith and Renie are as much as their American necks in a muck of homicide so much British—as they got down to unearth a deadly family members secret...and unmask the perpetrator who used to be anti-Auntie sufficient to do the outdated lady in.
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Before anyone dared make a further comment, the kitchen door finally swung open, and a stout woman with graying red hair scattered every which way on her head, huffed and puffed into the dining room. She carried a huge tureen and had two soup plates tucked precariously under each elbow. “There you go, ducks,” she announced, plunking the tureen down on a hot pad hastily improvised by Claire. “Leeks you wanted, leeks you get. ” AUNTIE MAYHEM / 37 “Oh, Millie,” Claire said in a meek voice, “don’t trouble yourself.
It didn’t sound like it. She was ninety-four on April first, but the joke’s on the relatives. ” Judith stretched out her long legs and admired the updated version of British Rail. The high-speed train traveled at ninety miles an hour, which seemed only a fraction slower than the taxi she had taken to Buckingham Palace. ” Renie inquired. Judith reflected. “I don’t think so. Over the years, I vaguely remember Margaret writing about various shirttail relations who had died. ” The train was now zipping through patches of green.
Trying to rearrange her legs, Judith saw a continuation of the same mellow wall that had run 28 / Mary Daheim past the railway station. But, just ahead of the Alfa, the wall itself was bisected by a charming building made from the same golden stone. ” Judith exclaimed, and her mind began to race with possibilities. The two floors, with the top story built over the drive, probably wouldn’t accommodate more than three guest rooms. The kitchen was bound to be small, and extra baths would present a problem.
Auntie Mayhem by Mary Daheim