CRRL Picks: The Upper Crust

And Only to Deceive
And Only to Deceive By Alexander, Tasha Book - 2005 FICTION Ale Available in some locations

Annotation:Emily, a young and beautiful widow, regrets her husband's African hunting expedition death less than is proper.

Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-king's Daughter
Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-king's Daughter By Brett, Simon Book - 2011 FICTION Bre Available in some locations

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.

Cold Comfort Farm
Cold Comfort Farm By Gibbons, Stella Book - 1994 FICTION Gib Available in some locations

Annotation:Flora, a recently orphaned socialite, moves in with her country relatives, the gloomy Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm.

The Crime at Black Dudley
The Crime at Black Dudley By Allingham, Margery Book - 2006 FICTION All Available in some locations

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.

Death At Wentwater Court
Death At Wentwater Court By Dunn, Carola Book - 2006

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.

Her Royal Spyness
Her Royal Spyness By Bowen, Rhys Book - 2007 FICTION Bow Available in some locations

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.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand A Novel By Simonson, Helen Book - 2011 FICTION Sim Available in some locations

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.

My Man Jeeves
My Man Jeeves By Wodehouse, P. G. Book - 2000 - 2009? FICTION Wod Available in some locations

Annotation:A glimpse into the world of the upper class with Bertie Wooster and his valet, Jeeves.

Parrot and Olivier in America
Parrot and Olivier in America By Carey, Peter Book - 2010 FICTION Car Available in some locations

Annotation:They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be connected in the United States by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.

The Pursuit of Love
The Pursuit of Love & Love in A Cold Climate : Two Novels By Mitford, Nancy Book - 2001 FICTION Mit Available in some locations

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.

The Remains of the Day
The Remains of the Day By Ishiguro, Kazuo Book - 1989 FICTION Ish Available in some locations

Annotation:A tragic, spiritual portrait of a perfect English butler and his reaction to his fading insular world in post-war England.

Silent in the Grave
Silent in the Grave By Raybourn, Deanna Book - 2010 FICTION Ray Available in some locations

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.

Snobbery With Violence
Snobbery With Violence By Chesney, Marion Book - 2003 FICTION Che Available in some locations

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.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie By Bradley, C. Alan Book - 2010 FICTION Bra Available in some locations

Annotation:Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder.

These Old Shades
These Old Shades By Heyer, Georgette Book - 2009 FICTION Hey Available in some locations

Annotation:A classic tale of intrigue, adventure, and love from the Grande Dame of romantic historical novels set in Regency England.

Vile Bodies
Vile Bodies By Waugh, Evelyn Book - 1977 FICTION Wau All copies in use Availability details

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.

Whose Body?
Whose Body? By Sayers, Dorothy L. Paperback - 1995 Available in some locations

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..