Thursday, February 09, 2023



Cressida Fawcett and her best friend Dolly are invited to the fancy ball of the season.  Looking forward to sipping fancy cocktails by the sea and taking in the sunshine is exactly what she needs right now.  Just when the invited guests begin to celebrate the engagement of Lord Canterbury he drops dead in front of them all.  When it is determined that Lord Canterbury’s death is due to poisoning, the fancy ball is no longer fancy and the guests are now suspects. Then another victim, the maid’s body is found floating in the cove.  Detective Chief Inspector Andrews has arrived from Scotland Yard, to solve the case, but he is running out of time.  He has to find out who the culprit is and is it the same person that killed both victims?  Cressida steps in to assist Detective Andrews and just in time.

This wonderful who-dunnit had me stumped from the beginning.   I loved the twists and turns throughout the entire story.  This witty and wonderful story had me hooked.  It was a rapid read as I couldn’t wait to find out who the culprit was.  I love the role that Ruby, the pug, played in the story.  This was a great addition to this fun cozy mystery series.  This is a must read for all cozy mystery fans.  This book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend it.  


Author:  Fliss Chester

Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: February 9, 2023 
Pages: 291 
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A seaside party at a Cornish mansion with plenty of fizz, what could be more perfect? But something fishy is afoot… a killer lurks among the guests, and only Cressida Fawcett can stop them.

Cressida Fawcett is invited to stay at Penbeagle House on the Cornish coast for a fancy-dress ball, she is looking forward to sipping rum cocktails clad as a pirate, watching the red-sailed boats go by and relaxing in the sea air with her good friend Dotty. But before they can raise their glasses to toast Cressida’s former flame Lord Canterbury’s engagement, he drops dead in front of the horrified guests.

The local doctor determines that Lord Canterbury was poisoned, and soon 
Detective Chief Inspector Andrews is on his way from Scotland Yard. But Cressida is dismayed by the murder of the intrepid explorer who once asked for her hand in marriage, and she cannot simply leave the case to the police. Together with Dotty and her little pug Ruby, Cressida searches for clues only to discover that many of the guests have a motive for murder. Did an irate journalist or a bitter fellow explorer send Lord Canterbury on his untimely final journey?

And when a young maid is found dead, floating in the shimmering waters of the cove, Cressida knows time is running out to catch the killer. Could a
clue hidden among some rather pungent crab sandwiches help her solve the case before there is another murder? 


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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