A posh girls' school charity luncheon serves the headmistress her last meal in this historical mystery series set in post-WWI England. Lady Phoebe Renshaw—with the tireless assistance of her maid Eva Huntford—has organized a luncheon at her alma mater, the Haverleigh School for Young Ladies, to benefit wounded veterans of the Great War. She's even encouraging the students to help with the cooking and baking. But too many cooks do more than spoil the broth—they add up to a recipe for disaster when the school's headmistress, Miss Finch, is poisoned. The girls at Haverleigh all come from highly respected families, none of whom will countenance their darling daughters being harassed like common criminals by the local police. So Lady Phoebe steps in to handle the wealthy young debutantes with tact and discretion, while Eva cozies up to the staff. Did one of the girls resent the headmistress enough to do her in? Did a teacher bear a grudge? What about the school nurse, clearly shell shocked from her service in the war? No one is above suspicion. But Lady Phoebe and Eva will have to sleuth with great stealth—or the cornered killer may try to teach someone else a lethal lesson.
by Alyssa Maxwell
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