Within the hallowed precincts of the imaginary cathedral city of Eyot, mischief brews.
This is the England of Wodehouse and Trollope, where wickedness lurks beneath the superb self-confidence of the upper classes. An England of ancient walls and winding streets, where gossip and scandal abound in the vestry of the cathedral, in the drawing rooms of Georgian houses, and in the state rooms of the castle.
Mystery, Mayans and Mayhem: looking for chocolate, love and an international art thief in all the wrong places.
Leaving old scandals and looming trouble behind them in the mists of Eyotshire (or so they hope) assorted Mountjoys, friends and acquaintances head southwards one by one to the dazzling blue of the Mediterranean and the island of Aeolus off the coast of Sicily:
Struck down with shingles, Cleo Byng postpones her wedding and leaves behind her pressured City job to convalesce and house-sit in her cousin’s remote house in the depths of an Eyotshire winter. Which proves to be something of a mistake, for Haphazard House is a grand, tumbledown Tudor pile with too many carved beds and no central heating. But, as Christmas approaches, an eclectic mix of friends, family and interested parties descend on the old house in search of company, accommodation and the unquiet dead:
Amid the wild fells of Eyotshire lies the town of Unthrang, and mischief is brewing.
A return visit to this England of Wodehouse and Trollope where wickedness lurks beneath the superb self-confidence of the upper classes. The England of manor house and village church, of country inn and gossip on the green.
In the rolling hills of Eyotshire, Mountjoy Castle broods over the Eyotshire countryside and the nearby village of Midwinter. Ancient seat of the Mountjoy family, it has been a haven of wickedness for centuries – and the present Mountjoys have lost none of their instinct for chaos and mischief. As the heat of the long, hot summer of 1976 settles over Mountjoy, two young women from the south find themselves in the midst of the castle’s intrigues – and its inhabitants.
Trouble comes to Mimi Mountjoy in the form of her brothers. When their mother, successful crime writer Finella Ostiman, decides enough is enough and promptly vanishes, Mimi’s three troublesome brothers head one by one for her house in the ancient and scandal-ridden city of Eyot, bringing irate policemen, hideous sculptures and general mayhem into the lives of all concerned.
A snarky but light-hearted mystery featuring a small Hudson Valley town and a very reluctant detective, coming soon from Attica.