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Bunny’s review of last year’s Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman, which introduced Elizabeth Talbot, the Countess of Montfort, and housekeeper Edith Jackson, noted: “A little bit of history, a tad of Downtown Abbey, and a smattering of the childhood game ‘Clue’ combine to make this debut novel an entertaining adventure for the traditional mystery lover. Arlen provides a lesson in the class struggles of the Edwardian era, an insight into the struggle for women’s suffrage, and a deliciously gruesome murder with unlikely suspects.” Tessa Arlen discusses Death Sits Down to Dinner, and how her amateur sleuths struggle with class issues in their historical context.
Lady Montfort is thrilled to receive an invitation to a dinner party hosted by her close friend Hermione Kingsley, the patroness of England's largest charity. Hermione has pulled together a select gathering to celebrate Winston Churchill's 39th birthday. Some of the oldest families in the country have gathered to toast the dangerously ambitious and utterly charming First Lord of the Admiralty. But when the dinner ends, one of the gentlemen remains seated at the table, head down among the walnut shells littering the cloth and a knife between his ribs.
Summoned from Iyntwood, Mrs. Jackson helps her mistress trace the steps of suspects both upstairs and downstairs as Hermione's household prepares to host a highly anticipated charity event. Determined to get to the bottom of things, Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson unravel the web of secrecy surrounding the bright whirlwind of London society, investigating the rich, well-connected and seeming do-gooders in a race against time to stop the murderer from striking again.
Lady Montfort has been planning her annual summer costume ball for months, and with scrupulous care. Pulling together the food, flowers, and a thousand other details for one of the most significant social occasions of the year is her happily accepted responsibility. But when her husband's degenerate nephew is found murdered, it's more than the ball that is ruined. In fact, Lady Montfort fears that the official police enquiry, driven by petty snobbery and class prejudice, is pointing towards her son as a potential suspect.