Auntie Mayhem by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

Even though lurching via London is ever so jolly, hostess on-holiday Judith McMonigle Flynn and her cantankerous cousin Renie are looking ahead to an unharried weekend at a true English state manor. They locate the property taxing, although, what with touring relatives crowding each corner and cranny of Ravenscroft condo, whereas its awesomely elderly mistress, Aunt Petulia, holds court—until a field of poisoned candies accelerates the dour dowager's dying. quickly Judith and Renie are as much as their American necks in a muck of homicide so much British—as they got down to unearth a deadly relatives secret...and unmask the wrongdoer who was once anti-Auntie adequate to do the previous woman in.

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Unfortunately, there are just two baths on this floor. ” The cousins agreed that sharing was fine. Each of their appointed bedrooms was large, airy, and full of furniture that looked as if it should be housed in a museum. Renie had a nineteenth-century sleigh bed; Judith’s curtained and canopied four-poster probably had come with the house. Trying to contain their elation at such luxury, the cousins bounded back and forth between the elegant bedrooms. Claire, however, was apologetic. “Things are not what they once were,” she lamented.

Renie waggled a hand. Claire looked relieved. ” The nickname tumbled off her tongue as if she were tasting it to make sure it wasn’t too spicy. Claire indicated the door across the wide corridor. “This is yours, Judith. Ordinarily, we have five extra rooms, but with Alexei and Natasha spending the weekend, we have only three. I hope they’ll do. Unfortunately, there are just two baths on this floor. ” The cousins agreed that sharing was fine. Each of their appointed bedrooms was large, airy, and full of furniture that looked as if it should be housed in a museum.

That is the town. Or village. The village green is behind the shops, then there’s another street—no, it’s a lane of some sort—and Ravenscroft House. It’s actually very close. ” Renie turned. Not twenty feet away was a barrier of mellow gold stone, perhaps five feet high. Beyond, they saw trees and what looked like a turret. ” Renie asked. Judith again studied the map. “Maybe,” she answered. “The church is in that direction. St. ” A soft wind was ruffling the plane trees. Renie gazed at the old wall.

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