“The latest instalment of the Beaufort Scales series sees the redoubtable ladies of the Toot Hansell Women’s Institute on a relaxing spa weekend. And they’ve invited Detective Inspector Adams … and two dragons. So it should come as no surprise to regular readers that relaxation doesn’t actually happen. Instead there is a mysterious death, some very suspicious guests, some very obstreperous relatives, and an invisible dog. The ensuing chaos is as ever very funny, sometimes quite exciting, and always so readable one quite forgets it is a book, and not something happening right in front of you. Join Beaufort and Mortimer as they meet friends old and new in yet another uproarious tale from the amazingly talented Kim Watt. Step right in. There’s cake!Warring staff.”
5 star review from Tiny Bulcher.
Topiary of dubious intent.
Throw in the full complement of the Toot Hansell Women’s Institute and dragons doing yoga on the terrace, and DI Adams is starting to wonder if she might have made a small misjudgement signing up for this particular spa weekend in the country.
And that’s before the dead body in the sauna and the storm that cuts them off from the rest of the world.
Now she’s dealing with a houseful of guests (and staff) who’re looking more suspicious by the moment, fending off protesters wielding table condiments, and trying to keep everyone safe as the storm closes in. She needs to find the killer, keep the dragons hidden, stop the W.I. forming some sort of pearl-and-twinset posse, and try to resist the urge to arrest everyone.
And that’s even before she addresses the problem of the invisible dog.
Sure. It’s going to be a wonderful weekend.
A Manor of Life & Death is a feel-good cozy mystery, perfect for those who like their whodunnits served with a generous helping of humour, friendship, and magic.
This is the third Beaufort Scales cozy mystery (with dragons) – check out Baking Bad and Yule Be Sorry for more dragonish adventure!