This is a fun read with one of my favorite heroines, Jaqueline Kirby. Even though it's an oldie (written in 1974) it's timeless and very entertaining.
contemporary mystery with historical underpinnings-"country-house" setting.
Elizabeth Peters is one of my favorite authors of all time and Jacqueline Kirby my favorite of her heroines. Yes, I like her better than Amelia Peabody. Vicki Bliss is my second favorite. Jacqueline is in rare form contending with a group of Richard III apologists. It is a delightful read for all Peters fans.
Definitely there is no one better suited to writing a mystery with historical overtones than Elizabeth Peters. "In a remote English manor house, modern admirers of the much maligned King Richard III - one of Shakespeare's most extraordinary villains - are gathered for a grand weekend of dress-up and make believe murder. But the fun ends when the masquerade turns more sinister and deadly. Jacqueline Kirby, an American librarian on hand for the festivities, suddenly finds herself in the center of strange, dark doings... and racing to untangle a murderous puzzle before history repeats itself in exceptionally macabre ways."
Not bad - but I was disappointed, because no murder is taking place. It's an easy, light read, and I learned a few things about King Richard III.
A group of Ricardians - a society dedicated to prove that Richard III was not the evil king as portrayed by Shakespeare - gathers in a manor to re-enact what happened 500 years ago, and to share the joy of revealing to the public a document which definitively proves Richard's innocence. Only there seems to be a practical joker amongst them, who stages the murders a bit too well, all in good British humour, of course.