Meet Lady Lupin Lorrimer Hastings, the young lovely, scatterbrained and kindhearted newlywed wife to the vicar of St. Marks Parish in Glaville, Sussex. When it comes to matters clerical, she literally doesn't know Jews from Jesuits and she's hopelessly at sea at the meetings of the Mothers' Union, Girl Guides or Temperance Society. Nonetheless, she's determined to make husband Andrew proud of her-or, at least not to embarress him too badly.
So when Andrew's curate is poisoned, Loops, as her friends call her, enlists old society pals, Duds and Tommy Lethbridge, as well as Andrew's nephew, a British secret service agent, to get to the truth. Lupin refuses to believe Diana Lloyd, the 38-year-old author of children's and detective stories, could have done the foul deed, and casts her net over the other parishioners. But all of suspects seem so nice, much more so then the victim, and Lupin announces she'll help the killer escape if only he or she confesses. Imagine Gracie Allen of Burns and Allen as a sleuth and you might get a tiny idea of what Lupin is like. Set at Christmas 1937 and first published in England in 1944.