The Applegreen Cat Author:Frances Crane Pat and Jean Abbott have found a way to be together in wartime Britain, Pat as a military intelligence author with the U.S. Marines and Jean as a secretary with the Lend-Lease Program. They've already made new friends and have been invited to a weekend house party at the lovely Tudor home of fellow Americans Stephen and Cynthia Hey-war... more »d. Despite moments of discord among the other guests, all is well until a pretty young housemaid gets herself murdered. Jan dutifully reports all she sees and hears -- well, most of it, anyway -- to Pat and Inspector Yates, the conscientious but unimaginative local police detective assigned to the case.
According to reviewer Anthony Boucher: "You expect murder on an English weekend party, but imagine killing the maids with the servant problem what it was. Nice quiet writing, interesting people and a well-conceived murder." Originally published in 1942.« less
Nicely written murder mystery set during WWII at an English country house. My main problem with it is that the "heroine" Jean is sort of a ninny. She deliberately withholds evidence from the police and ignores her husband's advice, which almost leads to her own murder, which I thought would have sort of served her right.