In December 1909 the Reverend Joshia Martins expires in a dish of mutton and onions, leaving his family on the brink of destitution. Joshia's daughter, Euphemia, enters service to provide for her mother and little brother. She is young and fit and assumes the life of a maid won't be too demanding. However, on her first day at the unhappy home of Sir Stapleford, she discovers a murdered body. Euphemia's innate sense of justice has her prying where no servant should look.
The second book in the Euphemia Martins Mysteries finds Euphemia temporarily promoted to housekeeper for a trip to the family's new hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands. She is fascinated by handsome, intelligent Rory Macleod, the new butler. Taking on her new role, she encounters angry locals with a grudge against the Staplefords and thwarts what she believes to be an attempt on Bertram Stapleford's life.
The ninth in the Euphemia Martins series of historical murder mysteries by Caroline Dunford, which follows Euphemia's escapades in the women's suffrage movement. Euphemia is glad to leave London - but before long she finds herself mixed up in another nefarious situation, when a body is found burned to death on a country estate. It's up to Euphemia and her friends and employers, the Staplefords, to get to the bottom of things.