Thursday, September 22, 2022



Cressida Fawcett is enjoying life to the fullest in 1920s London.  She is very well known as the Honourable Cressida Fawcett and interior designer extraordinaire.  Cressida has been invited to her friend’s estate for a weekend getaway. She is looking forward to the time away, and especially her favorite martini cocktails. The weekend begins quiet and uneventful, but it is soon interrupted by a frightening scream.  Cressida runs to the landing and looks down at the grand hall below, to find one of the estate’s maids standing over the body of Harry, the chandelier cleaner.  Although everyone thinks that Harry’s death was an accident, Cressida isn’t so sure.  She begins to poke around the great hall and soon she finds a small piece of torn silk next to the body.  Cressida discovers that stolen diamonds were hidden in the chandelier which shines a new light on the situation at hand.  Just when the detective tells Cressida to stay out of the investigation, another guest is found dead in their bed.  With all the guests not allowed to leave the estate, Cressida must find the killer before another body is found.

Oh my, this was such a great and charming cozy mystery.  I was so entertained by the storyline of this book.  Cressida was such a likable character, I loved everything about her.  She was witty, independent, and was so sure of herself.  She is also a great party guest and I also loved her little Pug, Ruby that never left her side.  What an amazing duo they are.  This awesome whodunnit kept my interest and had me stumped all the way to the end.  I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

Thank you Fliss Chester for such a wonderful beginning to a new cozy mystery series…I truly loved it.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I absolutely recommend it.  



Author:  Fliss Chester

Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: September 21, 2022 
Pages: 310 
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Everyone in 1920s London knows the Honourable Cressida Fawcett: fiercely independent (though never apart from her little pug Ruby), lover of martinis and interior designer extraordinaire. She’s solved many crimes of fashion… so how about murder? 

Cressida Fawcett is heading to the English countryside for a weekend of cocktails and partying at her friend’s glamorous mansion, the location of a recent diamond heist. But just hours after her arrival, Cressida is woken by an almighty scream. Rushing to the landing, she looks down into the great hall to find a trembling maid standing next to the body of Harry, the friendly young chandelier cleaner.

Everyone believes Harry’s death was an accident. But as Cressida examines the opulent hall and the beautiful grounds, she thinks something darker is afoot. Why clean a chandelier in the early hours of the morning? And who overheard Harry boasting about coming into unexpected wealth? A small piece of torn silk found near the body has Cressida looking at the guests’ elegant clothes with fresh eyes…

The short-tempered Detective insists that she keeps her curious nose out of the investigation, but it’s Cressida who realises the stolen diamonds were hidden in the sparkling chandelier. Convinced there is a connection between the theft and the murder, the case takes a sinister turn when a guest is killed in his sleep after a brandy-fuelled night of cards. With everyone unable to leave, 
can Cressida’s sharp eye for detail catch the killer before another life is taken?


Fliss Chester lives in Surrey with her husband and writes historical cozy crime. When she is not killing people off in her 1940s whodunnits, she helps her husband, who is a wine merchant, run their business. Never far from a decent glass of something, Fliss also loves cooking (and writing up her favourite recipes on her blog), enjoying the beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside and having a good natter.

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