This is a great first novel to one of my new favorite series.
The narrator, Phyllida Bright, is a joy to become as you read this story. She’s bright and strong and you love to root for her. I am always a sucker for a well-written female protagonist.
The mystery that drives the plot is also a twisty, crafty treat! Very reminiscent of Agatha Christie, the who-done-it of this story isn’t solvable and will keep you guessing and turning pages.
I am looking forward to reading the second book and learning more about Phyllida’s mysterious background which was hinted at throughout the novel.
If you enjoyed Downton Abby and Murder On The Orient Express, then this book is for you!
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Back Cover Copy of Murder at Mallowan Hall:
Tucked away among Devon’s rolling green hills, Mallowan Hall combines the best of English tradition with the modern conveniences of 1930. Housekeeper Phyllida Bright manages the large household with an iron fist in her very elegant glove. In one respect, however, Mallowan Hall stands far apart from other picturesque country houses. For the manor is home to archaeologist Max Mallowan and his famous wife—Agatha Christie . . .
Phyllida is both loyal to and protective of the crime writer, who is as much friend as employer. An aficionado of detective fiction, Phyllida has yet to find a gentleman in real life half as fascinating as Mrs. Agatha’s Belgian hero, Hercule Poirot. But though accustomed to murder and its methods as frequent topics of conversation, Phyllida is unprepared for the sight of a very real, very dead body on the library floor . . .
It soon becomes clear that the victim arrived at Mallowan Hall under false pretenses during a weekend party. And when another dead body is discovered—this time, one of her housemaids—Phyllida decides to follow in M. Poirot’s footsteps to determine which of the Mallowans’ guests is the killer. Now only Phyllida’s wits will prevent her own story from coming to an abrupt end . . .
About Colleen Cambridge:
Colleen Cambridge is the pen name for an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From a young age, Colleen has loved reading mysteries and now she couldn’t be happier that she is able to write them.