Monday 1 April 2019

Murder at Melrose Court: A Country House Christmas Murder by Karen Menuhin

Murder at Melrose Court: A Country House Christmas Murder

It's 1920 and Christmas is coming. Major Lennox finds a body on his doorstep - why on his doorstep? Was it to do with the Countess? Was it about the ruby necklace? Lennox must go to Melrose Court, home to his uncle, Lord Melrose, to uncover the mystery. But then the murders start and it snows and suddenly everything becomes very complicated...  (Summary via Goodreads)

I would NOT want to be Major Heathcliff Lennox or as he preferred to be called Lennox.  First a dead body shows up on his doorstep and before he can process that, he goes to his uncle's to celebrate the holidays and someone is murdered and Lennox is the main suspect.  Of course he would be on the top of the list because he is found standing over the dead body holding his pistol and the deceased had been shot......

Lennox knows that he did not shoot Countess Sophia, or the man that died on his doorstep, and it appears that it is up to him to solve both murders.....for his sake and to help ease his uncle's heart as his uncle and the Countess had just announced their plans to marry !!!

With a house full of family and guests to celebrate the holidays along with all of the employees that run the estate, Lennox has his hands full and a long list of possible suspects......until another guest "falls" from a window providing more work for Lennox.  Fortunately the weather holds back the police so that he can investigate and question everyone freely.

Murder at Melrose Court by Karen Menuhin is a very captivating story.  The reader will instantly travel back in time and feel like a guest at Melrose Court, Uncle Charles' estate. You will instantly love Lennox, Uncle Charles and cousin Edgar and will most likely harbor ill feelings toward the Kingsley family.  You will most likely also feel sorry for Gertrude and Natasha and admire Lennox and Cooper.  One thing for sure is that you will not want to stop reading until you have read the last word and know that Lennox has found justice and cleared his good name.

Review by Missi S.

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