Corpse in a Gilded Cage Author:Robert Barnard What would you do if you suddenly became an earl? That's what happens to Perce and Elsie Spender, an average working-class couple from Clapham, who wake up one day to find themselves the 12th Earl and Countess of Ellesmere, owners of a huge estate named Chetton Hall. It's more of a palace than a house really, with enough antiques and artwork t... more »o fill a musuem.
Perce never hoped to become an earl, and he's none too grateful to the distant cousin who died inconveniently and made it happen. Perce and Elsie have now spent six weeks at Chetton Hall, which is six weeks too many. It's cold, the silk chairs are uncomfortable, and you have to walk a mile to get to the kitchens.
Perce wants to sell the whole estate to the highest bidder...even a nasty foreigner, if that's where the money is...and retire to Clapham. Contess Elsie agrees. The sooner she can put all this countess business behind her, the better.« less