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Gloucestershire, 1925. A weeklong house party in the country - why not? Lady Adelaide has nothing else to do, now that her year of mourning for her unfaithful husband is up and her plans to rekindle her romantic life have backfired. But when her hostess is found dead on the conservatory floor, Addie knows just who to call - Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter of Scotland Yard. 

Dev may not want to kiss Addie again, but he's anxious to solve the crime. Who would want to kill Pamela, the beautiful wife of one of Britain's Great War heroes? Certainly not her devoted and wheelchair-bound husband, Sir Hugh Fernald. The other guests seem equally innocent and improbable. 

But despite all appearances, something is very wrong at Fernald Hall - there's a body buried in the garden, and the governess has fallen down the stairs to her death. Who's next? Addie and Dev must work together to stop another murder, and they have some help thanks to Rupert, Addie's late and unlamented husband. Rupert needs to make amends for his louche life on earth, and what better way to earn his celestial wings than catch a killer?

©2020 Maggie Robinson (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Charming surprise

When I read that a ghost was one of the characters in this series, I almost chose not to purchase the first book. I don’t usually go in for spectral beings in a story but the Rupert the ghost of an ex-husband is my favorite character. A dashing figure with a dry wit. These books are a fun and easy read/listen & the narration is spot on.

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Entertaining

Well written, well read. Kept my interest throughout. Gemma Dawson does an admirable job of narrating. Full of twists and turns.

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  • 09-21-21

mixed feelings....

this series started out very much like the type of cozy I enjoy, the plots, protagonists and locations are just right. A few inconsistencies here or there, but they don't bother me.
What really makes a difference however are the very frequent mispronounciations, its getting worse and they are not exactly difficult words, even if some of them are French.
In this latest installment it was very disruptive to the flow of the story.
If I continue with this, it will not be as an audio book.
(The narrator has a pleasant voice and does a good job otherwise)

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  • KAshworth
  • 09-17-21

Americans trying to write about the British …. again!!

Quite fun but getting fed up with Americans trying to persuade everyone they understand 1920s Britain - they don’t! Aside from the constant reference to pants instead of trousers and all the other schoolgirl errors, I get fed up with the constant barrage about foxhunting which includes a lot of rubbish “facts” which are just wrong and show a willingness to make a judgment about something she doesn’t understand.

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  • Henry Rumble-De-Bump
  • 11-02-21

a very good listen

I could really picture the characters and the setting of a 1920s country house party. Nice plot twists and I really like the addition of the helpful ghost.

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  • Claire
  • 08-10-21

Enjoyable!

'Just Make Believe' by Maggie Robinson.
Genre: Cosy Murder Mystery

About the Book: This is the Third book in the Lady Adelaide (Lady A) series. Lady A is feeling down in the dumps and attends a week-long party In the country. Lady A is soon informed by her 'dead husband' that a murder will soon occur and the next day the hostess is found dead on the conservatory floor. Lady A knows who just to call and she finds out a lot more than she ever thought possible.

My Review: Lady A is witty, strong and funny as always. Rupert is back being charming yet I want to slap him on the back of his ghostly head everytime I find out about the repeated times he has cheated on Lady A when he was alive. The mystery is intriguing, I enjoyed how it developed throughout the story. I feel the author does a great job of showing awareness of how a lot of men in the 1920s felt they couldn't show their emotions due to having to have a 'macho' appearance. I feel this is still relevant today. The countryside manor and 1920's era is described beautifully without being overly descriptive.

It is very frustrating to see that one of the main relationships in the story has still not developed any further and this is the third book in the series! It is slightly off putting for the next book. This novel is not as strong as the other two.

Triggers - Murder and Martial Affairs.

Maggie has announced the fourth novel of this series to come out in September 2021.