The Merry Month of Murder by Nicola Slade: joyous

The Merry Month of Murder

It was teatime on Tuesday, and nobody had died yet…

May 1918

In a world where the men are at war and the women keep the home fires burning, Christabel Fyttleton is faced with domestic crises involving lodgers, rationing, maypole dancers and Kaiser Bill (don’t ask!) – as well as her most daunting challenge ever.

Not only that! There’s a sudden death – again – as though she hasn’t enough to cope with already.

But is it murder, misadventure, or merely misfortune?


My review

Oh, but this is a joyous book! But not glib. There is true sadness too, with the war raging in the background, destroying and disabling an entire generation of young men. The eccentric Fyttleton family have lost their beloved Bertie, whose presence shines brightly for them still, making them smile and cry.

This group of determined and unconventional women soldier on with everyday life, struggling to make ends meet and put something edible on the table for their guests. Life is interesting as their guests are rarely dull, and they bring interesting events along with them.

Christable, our narrator, is a wonderful character. She’s witty and bright, sees the humour in a situation and also the pathos, and is very much the driving force of her family. The mystery element is clever and entertaining, rather like the Fyttleton family themselves.

Immensely enjoyable.


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Author Bio

Nicola Slade is an award-winning, bestselling author of historical and contemporary mysteries and romantic fiction, all set in and around Winchester and Romsey in Hampshire – which is where she lives. The House at Ladywell – a contemporary romantic novel with historical echoes – won the International Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction at the CIBA awards in April 2019.

She is the author of the mid-Victorian Charlotte Richmond mysteries and the contemporary Harriet Quigley mysteries. The Convalescent Corpse, published November 2018, an Amazon best-seller, the first in a new series, The Fyttleton Mysteries, set in 1918.

The Merry Month of Murder, the second book in The Fyttleton Mysteries – Published 10th September 2020

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