Following the success of Caroline Dunford's engaging Euphemia Martins mysteries, comes a brand new historical crime series featuring Euphemia's wise and witty daughter, Hope Stapleford. With war approaching, innocence is the first casualty
It is 1939 - World War II is looming, Oswald Mosley has awoken fascist sympathies among the British aristocracy and, in London, socialites are gathering for the start of the Season.
Enter astute, Oxford graduate Hope Stapleford, whose quick wit, love of books and keen observations set her apart from her peers. Her rebellious friend, Bernadette, has persuaded her to take part in the Season, and Hope expects little more than a round of dull engagements and dreary introductions. But when an innocent, young debutante goes missing from their very first house party, feared to have been kidnapped or worse, Hope's curiosity is piqued. With Bernie and their new acquaintance, the amiable rogue Harvey, Hope soon finds herself thrust into a web of political intrigue that threatens the very heart of the nation...
A Sparkling and witty crime debut with a female protagonist to challenge Miss Marple - Lin Anderson
Impeccable historical detail with a light touch
Euphemia Martins is feisty, funny and completely adorable
A rattlingly good dose of Edwardian country house intrigue with plenty of twist and turns and clues to puzzle through along with the heroine of the book, Euphemia Martins - Booklore.co.uk