My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Scarlet Wench is a murder mystery in a style with similarities to Miss Marple or Morse. The book is set in Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria. A traveling theatre company is about to arrive at Ramsey Lodge where they will be staging a version of Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit.
We meet Nora Tierney a writer from Connecticut who now lives in the UK. She works at Ramsey Lodge and is looking forward to the actors arriving. Another visitor this week is Detective Declan Barnes, who is arriving for a walking holiday.
The book gets its name form the local pub called The Scarlet Wench after a gruesome incident in the 1860’s when locals claimed to have seen a headless ghost wearing a red dress.
The actors bring their own eccentric delights to the Lodge and their own incidents which all add up to a murder. A scared group they vow that the show must go on and Nora steps up to play a part and become an undercover sleuth to discover the man or woman behind the goings on.
There are plenty of red herrings to keep the reader guessing “who dunnit” a relaxing easy read in a style popular with many readers.
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