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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Lady Doris Fitzhugh is celebrating her eightieth birthday, surrounded by friends, family, and important members of the English countryside where she lives in her inherited Fitzhugh Manor. The day is hot, bloody hot, but that doesn’t deter from the celebratory confusion of the day. As guests come and go, it is easy to be misplaced, but at the end of the day, no one expects to be murdered. There is no reason to expect foul play, even within a family of dark secrets. Fortunately, Inspector Dermot Lucian Carlyle is vacationing nearby. Surprised that anyone would want Her Ladyship dead as he remembered her as a harmless old lady from church, Dermot knew he had a true mystery on his hands. As he works through a series of complicated events leading up to the death of Lady Doris Fitzhugh, Dermot uncovers far too many hidden facts for the comfort of the occupant of Fitzhugh Manor.
A Bloody Hot Summer by Trevor D’Silva is written in the comfortable flavor of a stately British murder mystery. Set in a sprawling countryside manor complete with large rooms and darkened hallways, a riding stable, and plenty of hidey holes, any seasoned mystery lover will be cozy within the confine of D’Silva’s muted descriptions and shadowy characters. As the mystery draws to a conclusion, fresh questions emerge, adding to the atmosphere of intrigue and old-world drama. The author includes a glossary of Cockney terminology for those unfamiliar with that particular verbiage. Agatha Christie fans will love A Bloody Hot Summer.