CRRL Picks: The Upper Crust
Annotation:When the ex-king's daughter is kidnapped, noblesse obliges the Duke's handsome, brave, and rather stupid son (known to all as Blotto) to drive off to the rescue. Luckily, he's aided by his brilliant sister, Twinks. Plus, he's got a really swell car.
Annotation:A house-party with a glittering guest-list. An imposing country estate with endless shadowy staircases and unused rooms. The breathless period between the two world wars. It's the ideal setting for the classic English murder mystery.
Annotation:Set in 1923 Britain where unflappable flapper and would-be journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment and promptly stumbles across a corpse.
Annotation:Her ridiculously long name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. And she is flat broke. As the thirty-fourth in line for the throne, she has been taught only a few things, among them, the perfect curtsey.
Annotation:Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village.
Annotation:(Satirization of) British aristocracy in the '20s and '30s through the amorous adventures of the Radletts, an exuberantly unconventional family closely modeled on Mitford's own.
Annotation:These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer.
Annotation:When a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful -- if rebellious -- Lady Rose Summer, her father wants to know if her suitor's intentions are honorable. He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart, the impoverished younger son of a baron, to do some intelligence work.
Annotation:Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder.
Annotation:The Bright Young Things of 1920s London, with their paradoxical mix of innocence and sophistication, exercised their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade.
Annotation:Lord Peter Wimsey's mother has heard through a friend that Mr. Thipps, a respectable Battersea architect, found a dead man in his bath, wearing nothing but a gold pince-nez.
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Sit down in your best parlor, and have one of the housemaids bring you a pot of tea and a plate of toasted, buttered crumpets and enjoy! Leave the clean-up to the scullery imps. Mostly funny, mostly mysteries, and mostly set in early 20th century England..