The Cavalier Case Author:Antonia Fraser It was a case that the newspapers couldn’t let die -- consisting, as it did, of an irresistible mixture of sex and sport, violence and the supernatural, snobbery and even historical romance. Jemima Shore landed neatly in the middle of it. One could say she was only doing her job, researching a television project on ghosts and their owners ... more »for Megalith Television. But it wasn’t work that suddenly had Britain’s favorite newswoman playing sleuth, seductress, and even the odd game of celebrity tennis -- it was love... for a man who’d been dead for more than three hundred years.
For Decimus Meredith, seventeenth-century Cavalier poet, soldier, and first Viscount of Lackland, had cast his spell over Jemima from the depths of a portrait. And when she heard that he’d been seen stepping out of a similar painting hung above the staircase at Lackland Court -- and that his appearance just happened to presage the violent death of his sixteenth successor -- she simply couldn’t stay away.
But Lackland Court is anything but courtly. It seems that the new lord, former tennis star “Handsome Dan” Meredith, has plans to convert the stately Elizabethan mansion into an exclusive country club. And his headstrong, historian sister, Zena, means to test his gamesmanship every step of the way. Add to them Dan’s playmate Alix Carstairs, his bitter ex-wife, Babs, his submissive second wife, Charlotte, and a pack of neurotic kiddies, and Jemima is soon caught up in a family intrigue of historic proportions, complete with poetic legacies, tight-lipped servants, and the specter of foul play.
Then, on the eve before he is to reveal secrets surrounding the Cavalier’s last appearance, the seventeenth viscount’s butler takes a precipitous plunge off a parapet... and the Cavalier case becomes a case of murder. With the headlines screaming, the family feuding, and the body count rising, it’s up to the intrepid Jemima Shore to unmask the flesh-and-blood killer behind her romantic ghost... that is, if there is one.« less