Death At the Door Author:Anthony Gilbert During WWII London lawyer Arthur Crook picks a holiday spot by sticking a pin in a map, and, naturally, discovers a body in a run-down church in a remote village. When an elderly woman is accused of the murder Crook steps forward to defend her. He becomes entangled in the mystery which involves a curse on the local Earldom that seems to keep com... more »ing true. Crook is more than a match for the uppity Cleveland family, who seem more worried about bad publicity than the chance of an innocent woman -- who once acted as family nurse -- being sent to the gallows for a crime she may not have committed. The family closes ranks even as a young woman engaged to the heir to the title is targeted by the killer who thinks she may know more than she is telling.« less
This is a typically satisfying English cosy mystery for those who enjoy a puzzle and no blood or gore. Crook is a slightly arrogant and unsympathetic main character, but the writing is well done and the story gives a bit of a peek into English country life during the WWII. Nothing spectacular, but an okay way to pass some time.