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Lies, Spies, Film Stars and Murder New Year’s Eve, 1921Posie has been asked to accompany Inspector Richard Lovelace of Scotland Yard on an undercover mission. Their destination is a glittering New Year’s Eve party at Maypole Manor, the clifftop home of Lord Robin Glaysayer. Among the twelve guests are a famous film star, an artist, an Italian nobleman, a government spy an Lies, Spies, Film Stars and Murder New Year’s Eve, 1921Posie has been asked to accompany Inspector Richard Lovelace of Scotland Yard on an undercover mission. Their destination is a glittering New Year’s Eve party at Maypole Manor, the clifftop home of Lord Robin Glaysayer. Among the twelve guests are a famous film star, an artist, an Italian nobleman, a government spy and a clairvoyant.With a blizzard raging outside, when a killer strikes, the Inspector and Posie’s skills are tested to breaking point as they try to find the murderer before he attacks again.But danger lurks at every corner: just who exactly is the mysterious thirteenth house guest? Why is Posie being singled out for special attention?And will she ever see Alaric Boynton-Dale ever again?This is a classic Golden Age of Crime murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. 'Murder at Maypole Manor' is the third book in the delightfully classic Posie Parker Mystery Series, although the novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right. If you love an action-packed historical cozy crime with a feisty protagonist, download a sample or buy 'Murder at Maypole Manor' now. ˃˃˃ Other books by L.B. Hathaway available on Amazon: 'Murder Offstage' (A Posie Parker Mystery #1)'The Tomb of the Honey Bee' (A Posie Parker Mystery #2)'The Vanishing of Dr Winter' (A Posie Parker Mystery #4)To be the first to hear about L.B. Hathaway's new releases sign up for the newsletter at: lbhathaway.comFollow L.B. Hathaway on: Twitter: @LbHathaway


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Lies, Spies, Film Stars and Murder New Year’s Eve, 1921Posie has been asked to accompany Inspector Richard Lovelace of Scotland Yard on an undercover mission. Their destination is a glittering New Year’s Eve party at Maypole Manor, the clifftop home of Lord Robin Glaysayer. Among the twelve guests are a famous film star, an artist, an Italian nobleman, a government spy an Lies, Spies, Film Stars and Murder New Year’s Eve, 1921Posie has been asked to accompany Inspector Richard Lovelace of Scotland Yard on an undercover mission. Their destination is a glittering New Year’s Eve party at Maypole Manor, the clifftop home of Lord Robin Glaysayer. Among the twelve guests are a famous film star, an artist, an Italian nobleman, a government spy and a clairvoyant.With a blizzard raging outside, when a killer strikes, the Inspector and Posie’s skills are tested to breaking point as they try to find the murderer before he attacks again.But danger lurks at every corner: just who exactly is the mysterious thirteenth house guest? Why is Posie being singled out for special attention?And will she ever see Alaric Boynton-Dale ever again?This is a classic Golden Age of Crime murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. 'Murder at Maypole Manor' is the third book in the delightfully classic Posie Parker Mystery Series, although the novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right. If you love an action-packed historical cozy crime with a feisty protagonist, download a sample or buy 'Murder at Maypole Manor' now. ˃˃˃ Other books by L.B. Hathaway available on Amazon: 'Murder Offstage' (A Posie Parker Mystery #1)'The Tomb of the Honey Bee' (A Posie Parker Mystery #2)'The Vanishing of Dr Winter' (A Posie Parker Mystery #4)To be the first to hear about L.B. Hathaway's new releases sign up for the newsletter at: lbhathaway.comFollow L.B. Hathaway on: Twitter: @LbHathaway

30 review for Murder at Maypole Manor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Corrie

    In the third installment of the Posie Parker Mystery Series, author L.B. Hathaway takes our plucky private detective of the Grape Street Bureau on a new adventure. Posie Parker goes – together with Inspector Richard Lovelace and Bikram the dog- on an undercover mission for Scotland Yard. In Murder at Maypole Manor, Posie travels to St Margaret’s Bay near Dover, where she and Lovelace are part of an intimate New Year’s Party at the remote clifftop home of Lord Robin Glaysayer. The party is servin In the third installment of the Posie Parker Mystery Series, author L.B. Hathaway takes our plucky private detective of the Grape Street Bureau on a new adventure. Posie Parker goes – together with Inspector Richard Lovelace and Bikram the dog- on an undercover mission for Scotland Yard. In Murder at Maypole Manor, Posie travels to St Margaret’s Bay near Dover, where she and Lovelace are part of an intimate New Year’s Party at the remote clifftop home of Lord Robin Glaysayer. The party is serving as a front for a very hush hush classified operation that involves spies and an exchange of highly coveted blueprints for money. A snow storm traps everyone at the house. With the guests all wildly ambiguous and the first bodies dropping before the New Year’s rung in you can imagine Posie is up for one of the longest and nerve-racking nights of her life. Narrator Clare Wille remains a revelation. Her many voices and accents are a delight and she is the main reason I started this series. And the series is great! I praise L.B. Hathaway for the solid plot and the most colorful cast members that make these books so hugely entertaining. I had no idea who the murderer was this time, the plot was (as Blackadder would say) so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel. Onwards to book 4! The complete series of audiobooks are available on Scribd. Themes: New Year’s Eve 1921, undercover, Maypole Manor, House of Harlow couture, the walls have ears, what’s wrong with the central heating? smuggling ring, taxidermy galore, spies and double spies, don’t drink the coffee. 4.4

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

    This was a historical mystery set in 1920s England which reminded me very much of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody books--with elements of a proper murder mystery but also hints of parody and a touch of the comic. In this one Posie is asked by her friend, Inspector Lovelace to go undercover as his wife to Maypole Manor where some secret documents are to be handed over at the New Year party. Maypole Manor is a bit like Chimneys in Agatha Christie's books, and some of the other elements like the p This was a historical mystery set in 1920s England which reminded me very much of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody books--with elements of a proper murder mystery but also hints of parody and a touch of the comic. In this one Posie is asked by her friend, Inspector Lovelace to go undercover as his wife to Maypole Manor where some secret documents are to be handed over at the New Year party. Maypole Manor is a bit like Chimneys in Agatha Christie's books, and some of the other elements like the party being cut off in a snow storm with no connection with the outside world are also similar as also the different murders, hidden secrets, and impostors. This was a fun read, and despite the parody elements, I was glad the mystery itself had a sensible enough solution (though may be many things feel exaggerated).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I enjoyed this immensely! Private Investigator Posie Parker is pretending to be the wife of her friend - a Scotland Yard Inspector - at a house party in a remote part of England. They are around to supervise the top-secret transfer of documents for the government. But nothing is what it seems; everyone is keeping secrets and hiding ulterior motives. Things go from bad to worse, and then to even worse! Posie is likeable and quick and generally fun to read about, and the supporting cast of charact I enjoyed this immensely! Private Investigator Posie Parker is pretending to be the wife of her friend - a Scotland Yard Inspector - at a house party in a remote part of England. They are around to supervise the top-secret transfer of documents for the government. But nothing is what it seems; everyone is keeping secrets and hiding ulterior motives. Things go from bad to worse, and then to even worse! Posie is likeable and quick and generally fun to read about, and the supporting cast of characters were quirky and interesting. The story moved quickly - with plenty of twists and turns - and I stayed engaged throughout. There were several things that gave me pause (I doubt, for example, that a WW1-era police inspector would use the phrase "I messed up bigtime") but overall the story was an enjoyable diversion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I seem to have stumbled into the midst of another of the "cozy" mystery series that I enjoy and I may well pick up another book in the series some time. Posie Parker is a fun character to spend a few hours with, though I don't think she compares with my other literary detective favorites such as Commissario Guido Brunetti or Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. But for a week when I had a million other stressful things to deal with, it was a pleasant escape. I seem to have stumbled into the midst of another of the "cozy" mystery series that I enjoy and I may well pick up another book in the series some time. Posie Parker is a fun character to spend a few hours with, though I don't think she compares with my other literary detective favorites such as Commissario Guido Brunetti or Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. But for a week when I had a million other stressful things to deal with, it was a pleasant escape.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    The entire book (except the epilogue) takes places on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1921, and into the following day. Things get pretty hectic as the plot moves along. It's a fun book altogether, and features some of the characters we've met before in the previous volumes of the series. Oh, the editing is very good. Didn't spot even one typo while reading, so that's golden. (view spoiler)[There were some anachronistic idioms and phrases scattered through the book, and at one point I started looking The entire book (except the epilogue) takes places on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1921, and into the following day. Things get pretty hectic as the plot moves along. It's a fun book altogether, and features some of the characters we've met before in the previous volumes of the series. Oh, the editing is very good. Didn't spot even one typo while reading, so that's golden. (view spoiler)[There were some anachronistic idioms and phrases scattered through the book, and at one point I started looking up some things in the Google ngram viewer... And Wikipedia. Two specific anachronisms that bothered me while reading were (1) Fred Astaire, because I'm such a fan, and (2) nylons. But it's all in good fun, and I don't know how many readers would even notice without being told. The historical notes at the end also exposed some other things the author took liberty with, but which I didn't know or notice; and it's nothing earth-shaking anyway... (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Randi

    I enjoy the Posie Parker stories and this one was no exception. The story moved along well and I liked the extended cast of characters. I'm not a fan of stories that keep weaving in the same antagonist and hope that the Count della Rosa story is resolved in the next book or so. It feels like a will they/won't they kind of trope used on TV shows. I would also say that the author's repeated use of the phrase "as sure as bread is bread" was distracting and a bit annoying by the 3rd or 4th time it po I enjoy the Posie Parker stories and this one was no exception. The story moved along well and I liked the extended cast of characters. I'm not a fan of stories that keep weaving in the same antagonist and hope that the Count della Rosa story is resolved in the next book or so. It feels like a will they/won't they kind of trope used on TV shows. I would also say that the author's repeated use of the phrase "as sure as bread is bread" was distracting and a bit annoying by the 3rd or 4th time it popped up.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    More like 3.5 stars. The plot on this went all over the place and the writing seemed rushed (lots of typos, actually, and words missing here and there). Posie was a delight, as always, and I was interested enough to read it quickly. I’ll keep reading the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Judith Jones

    Review I liked the pacing of the plot. I sometimes got the characters mixed up but I enjoyed this book. I will read other books by Hathaway.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Voirrey

    A glorious cast, and a fun read as long as you can cope with the setting not really being England in the 1920s but a fantasy version which gives the impression it was created by someone who has only a vague idea of the period, gleaned from other fiction set in the period rather than actually reading any history...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer S. Alderson

    Posie Parker is a great character. I look forward to reading more of this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    A cozy mystery set in 1920s England where inclement weather leaves guests stranded at a country house party ought to be a winner for me. However, this book was a mess and it’s a complete mystery to me how this book has a 3.92 average rating. I am more than willing to suspend disbelief when reading fiction, but this book required too much of me in that capacity. You will enjoy this book if: - You see nothing wrong with the author explaining away gigantic plot holes with “Posie had no idea how xyz A cozy mystery set in 1920s England where inclement weather leaves guests stranded at a country house party ought to be a winner for me. However, this book was a mess and it’s a complete mystery to me how this book has a 3.92 average rating. I am more than willing to suspend disbelief when reading fiction, but this book required too much of me in that capacity. You will enjoy this book if: - You see nothing wrong with the author explaining away gigantic plot holes with “Posie had no idea how xyz could have happened, so she just accepted it and moved on” (hint, hint reader, you are being asked to follow Posie's lead) - It does not irritate the heck out of you when something glaringly suspicious and criminal happens, and no one who is supposed to be investigating thinks to follow up on it until 100 pages later - You like mysteries where every motive and clue is established either through Posie giving us backstory on characters and plots (I assume that are from the first two books, but I really have no idea) or by 80% of the characters introducing themselves to Posie then proceeding to tell her all their deepest, darkest, most painful secrets (which is then explained, I kid you not, by “this always happened to Posie, there was just something about her”) - You do not require the mystery to be developed in such a way that at some point during the story you are able to make a reasonable guess as to whodunit. Furthermore, you do not mind one of the crimes that needs to be explained being committed by a character who did not even appear in the story until the last page - You don’t mind having to write down who the suspects are in order to even recall what their role in the story is when their name crops up. Jocasta and Jacinta? Could not keep them straight. One was an angry, selfish brat, and one was a psychic with a hunchback. Couldn’t tell you which name goes with which description though. The husband of one of the murder victims? Every time his name came up (referred to by first and last name every single time) I had to wrack my brain trying to recall who the heck he was. Won’t be reading others in this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Wow. What a book! The first bit of the book was a little hard to follow, there was just so much going on. It continued with many, many things happening at once, but you sure couldn't say there was no action! Mysteries, murders, drugs, smuggling, kidnapping, imposters, thefts, multiple villains, reunions, more attempted murders, several different plotlines, some romance and a dodgy stuffed tiger and an unfaithful dog thrown in! Whew! I wasn't kidding when I said there was a lot going on! I liked t Wow. What a book! The first bit of the book was a little hard to follow, there was just so much going on. It continued with many, many things happening at once, but you sure couldn't say there was no action! Mysteries, murders, drugs, smuggling, kidnapping, imposters, thefts, multiple villains, reunions, more attempted murders, several different plotlines, some romance and a dodgy stuffed tiger and an unfaithful dog thrown in! Whew! I wasn't kidding when I said there was a lot going on! I liked the first two books a little more, but still enjoyed this one a lot, and I sure wasn't bored! haha Highly recommend if your brain likes to multitask. ;)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nobuko

    Mostly I enjoyed reading this 3rd book of Posie Parker Mystery series. But there were 2 things very annoying. 1. Why did Posie suddenly start addressing Inspecter Lovelace "sir"? It sounded unnatural. 2. Too much "sure as bread is(was) bread" expression. 23 times in this book. Mostly I enjoyed reading this 3rd book of Posie Parker Mystery series. But there were 2 things very annoying. 1. Why did Posie suddenly start addressing Inspecter Lovelace "sir"? It sounded unnatural. 2. Too much "sure as bread is(was) bread" expression. 23 times in this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Tican

    In Chapter 14 when Binny said that Posie should not go in the library to see the body... don't they know that she had seen action in the Western Front?... and they are Scotland Yard detectives?... don't they vet everyone?... especially those who could be friends or potential work colleagues? Anyway, it all started when Inspector Lovelace wanted a "wife" and Posie was holed up at her offices while the heating on her building flat was to be seen to after the Christmas holidays with a cat (Mr. Mink In Chapter 14 when Binny said that Posie should not go in the library to see the body... don't they know that she had seen action in the Western Front?... and they are Scotland Yard detectives?... don't they vet everyone?... especially those who could be friends or potential work colleagues? Anyway, it all started when Inspector Lovelace wanted a "wife" and Posie was holed up at her offices while the heating on her building flat was to be seen to after the Christmas holidays with a cat (Mr. Minks) and a dog (Bikram) giving in to their contentious natures with Posie feeling cabin fever... she jumped at the chance to play incognito wife to a QC (Lovelace) to help broker a deal involving the realm's security... that would happen at Maypole Manor at the southern most tip of Dover. Then they were all snowed in and trapped at the manor with 2 corpses... making most of the guests and temporary residents suspects and that most of them not at all what they seemed. Lots of threads here but the author managed to make a grand design out of it plus giving the reader the thrill and excitement attendant to this author's works. This was also the case when Inspector Lovelace, in all honor and mortification had to resign his post at Scotland Yard... He did get what he truly deserved despite all what had happened. A good run, this one... if the reader could see past some of the Contemporary words and phrases that jolts the timeline a bit as I have noted below... P.S. ~ Wonder why Jocasta was still in need of money when she had her cut from the major drug smuggling operations underneath the Manor... Weird... NOTES ~ The use of Contemporary words and phrases in present day context although stated in the Author's Note that she used them for readability... still create an undeniable Time Warp for me because these conjure images or scenarios that DO NOT yet exist in Posie's Timeline for example in Chapters 2 & 14~'national security' (9~11 & homegrown terrorists & suicide bombers)... Chapter 5~'game~changer' (video games & virtual reality) 'strategic bombing' (Bin Laden & ISIS & drones)... Chapter 7~'cutting~edge' (end of the 20th century science and technology & high finance jargon) Chapters 21 & 23~'game over' (video games) 'big time' in present day context... Ah well, these all belong to the same century albeit the later part (while Posie's was 1922) so I will just have to lump it if I want to follow more of Posie's adventures...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Grabas

    It was a very good mystery, I must say that. Although the cast of characters was so profuse that I, many times, had to go back and reread a few pages behind where I was to clarify just who was talking and who we were talking about. I love solving the mysteries, but, I must say, this one stumped me, which I found most interesting. That having been said, the least likeable character in my opinion, was Alaric. What an ass. He leaves the girl he purportedly loves to spend the Christmas holidays alone It was a very good mystery, I must say that. Although the cast of characters was so profuse that I, many times, had to go back and reread a few pages behind where I was to clarify just who was talking and who we were talking about. I love solving the mysteries, but, I must say, this one stumped me, which I found most interesting. That having been said, the least likeable character in my opinion, was Alaric. What an ass. He leaves the girl he purportedly loves to spend the Christmas holidays alone and lonely with only a cat and a borrowed dog to keep her company, because he got an offer to speak in Africa that he couldn't refuse as it was so lucrative. Guess she knows where she sits on the totem pole. But, then again, maybe that is the way the English treat their women. All I know is that an American girl would tell him to take a hike. And, in the end, thank God for the dog who came to her rescue, cause the other idiots (including Alaric) had been released from their bonds and were sitting by the hearth with their heads in their hands wondering where Posie might be. That's really going to help find her, huh. As, due to the storm, the best and only way to leave would be by water, so maybe they should check there, but, then again, that would require some intelligence, which it is questionable that any of them had. And then the Inspector is promoted to Chief Inspector because of uncovering this huge drug ring, but then gets called down on losing the Guillotine plans and he resigns, but then they feel it was not his fault and reinstate him, but, I notice, thereafter, he is referred to as Inspector, not Chief Inspector, so I guess he got demoted. A little explanation would have been appreciated.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Ann

    "Posie Parker": first the name put me off; did they mean Nosy Parker or Nosy Rosie? I suppose that maybe, it was suppose to be cute, perky, & modern? This is not the first book in the series, but the first that I have come across... being I am a "ROO", it didn't bother me much. So this PI, Posie, is alone for the New Year, living in her offices as the heat in her building is non-existent, and her friends & boy-friend are all away for the holidays. She receives a call from Scotland Yard asking her h "Posie Parker": first the name put me off; did they mean Nosy Parker or Nosy Rosie? I suppose that maybe, it was suppose to be cute, perky, & modern? This is not the first book in the series, but the first that I have come across... being I am a "ROO", it didn't bother me much. So this PI, Posie, is alone for the New Year, living in her offices as the heat in her building is non-existent, and her friends & boy-friend are all away for the holidays. She receives a call from Scotland Yard asking her help by posing as a rich mystery novelist wife to the Inspector's Barrister at an exclusive New Year's party at a secluded cliff-top Dover Manor. The party will also be the venue for an exchange of top secret war-plane blueprints & M15 business. No one at the party is whom they claim to be or has a clean past and it all comes crashing down with the murder of a nasty tempered film star and the alleged suicide of the host. I found the book interesting to start and was satisfied through the middle as well, but the ending (most of which I had figured out) was convoluted and a bit much over-done. I will try reading another, but at this point I have no hope for continuing the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Suz Davidson

    A very nice "Agatha Christie-esque" whodunnit. I've not read others of the PP series, but happened upon this thinking it was a stand-alone. Fortunately, other than the heroine referring to prior experiences, it didn't hinder my enjoyment of this story. Within a fairly light story, there was intrigue, and enough twists and turns to be appealing and, for the most part, surprising. SPOILER -- Stop reading now if you prefer. My only complaint is that, in a whodunnit such as this, there is generally a A very nice "Agatha Christie-esque" whodunnit. I've not read others of the PP series, but happened upon this thinking it was a stand-alone. Fortunately, other than the heroine referring to prior experiences, it didn't hinder my enjoyment of this story. Within a fairly light story, there was intrigue, and enough twists and turns to be appealing and, for the most part, surprising. SPOILER -- Stop reading now if you prefer. My only complaint is that, in a whodunnit such as this, there is generally a surprising ending of who the culprit is. Rarely is it a case such as this, where nearly everyone is guilty of some crime, with one plot after the other swirling around each other, and all coming to a hurried conclusion in the final moments. I feel that the book suffered with too many dastardly deeds, tangential crimes, and cross-purposes. Unlike the famous "Orient Express" ending, this had a finale of so many characters being guilty, but also so many crimes that it felt like the endings of multiple books were all jammed into the story. A few minor ones could have been cut to provide a more focused conclusion. (That's just my opinion, so perhaps others would enjoy this type of melee.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Wanted a quick "fluffy" read, and a cozy mystery seemed perfect. In general, I don't mind how formulaic they are, but sometimes it makes for dull reading because it's so predictable. I didn't feel like this one was particularly stand-out. The writing was okay, but the author uses a lot of repeated words, which is a pet peeve of mine. Pretty sure the phrase "as sure as bread is bread" was used about 300 times throughout the story (which equates to about once per page). I didn't like the main chara Wanted a quick "fluffy" read, and a cozy mystery seemed perfect. In general, I don't mind how formulaic they are, but sometimes it makes for dull reading because it's so predictable. I didn't feel like this one was particularly stand-out. The writing was okay, but the author uses a lot of repeated words, which is a pet peeve of mine. Pretty sure the phrase "as sure as bread is bread" was used about 300 times throughout the story (which equates to about once per page). I didn't like the main character much, either. She didn't have anything really going for her, and her vaunted intelligence wasn't that impressive. She had too much damsel in distress about her. Though I'm a latecomer to the party, this being book 3, the backstory of her run-in with the uber bad guy seems pointless at best. nothing he did in this book made me view him as anything more than a cartoon villain, but he was more like a bogeyman - I had to trust Posie that was an evil mastermind bent on world domination. And wanting her by his side? So cliched. All in all I'm pretty disappointed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Posie Parker, Private Detective and owner of the Grape Street Bureau, gets a call from Detective Inspector Richard Lovelace of Scotland Yard. Her boyfriend, Alaric Boynton-Dale is out of the country, exploring South Africa. Inspector Richard wants her to work undercover —she’ll be going to a New Year's Eve party at Maypole Manor disguised as Richard’s wife. Richard’s real wife, Molly can’t make it because she’s pregnant. According to the Inspector, M15 wants to use Maypole Manor for a staged party Posie Parker, Private Detective and owner of the Grape Street Bureau, gets a call from Detective Inspector Richard Lovelace of Scotland Yard. Her boyfriend, Alaric Boynton-Dale is out of the country, exploring South Africa. Inspector Richard wants her to work undercover —she’ll be going to a New Year's Eve party at Maypole Manor disguised as Richard’s wife. Richard’s real wife, Molly can’t make it because she’s pregnant. According to the Inspector, M15 wants to use Maypole Manor for a staged party because the place belongs to a Robin Glaysayer. The party is supposed to be a distraction to catch a traitor. Months ago, an American engineer, Dick Wainwright and two of his engineering colleagues approached the British government with a blueprint for a state-of-the-art aircraft which could drop bombs with a very high accuracy that they dubbed it “The Guillotine”. “The Guillotine” is capable of bombing whole villages and parts of towns. Thus, any county at war that has this blueprint possession in their possession stands to put their enemies at a disadvantage. So the government agrees to pay Dick a huge sum of money for the blueprint of the aircraft. But then after the money has been wired, on the evening that Dick is due to deliver the plans, he’s found dead, with his throat slit in a seedy basement in a club in Soho. The plans which were in his satchel are missing. No one has any idea who has the blueprints. The Germans, the Russians? Perhaps a spy? Or maybe a criminal who intends to make a profit from it. The government is panicking. A few weeks back, a third American—and one of Dick’s team—contacts the government. Apparently, he was with Dick at the club but managed to escape with the plan. He demands more money and gold. The government and M15 agree to pay so long as they get the blueprint. Both parties agree to hand over the blueprints at the staged party to an M15 agent. The American would be attending under an assumed name, pretending to an American who met the host Lord Glaysayer once on an African safari. Scotland Yard has been required to be on the lookout for any suspicious persons or activities during the exchange. An interesting traditional British mystery.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Phil B

    Disappointing Book 3 in this series The basic set up for this mystery seemed solid if a bit weird; Posie receives a last-minute plea from her favorite Scotland Yard Inspector to help provide cover for the exchange of money for secret plans for a bomber that the British Air Force wants. And that is about the last “plausible’ event that occurs. In mysteries of this sort, I expect some silliness in the plot line, but this novel stretches into the absurd and stays there in a macabre stew of snow (bot Disappointing Book 3 in this series The basic set up for this mystery seemed solid if a bit weird; Posie receives a last-minute plea from her favorite Scotland Yard Inspector to help provide cover for the exchange of money for secret plans for a bomber that the British Air Force wants. And that is about the last “plausible’ event that occurs. In mysteries of this sort, I expect some silliness in the plot line, but this novel stretches into the absurd and stays there in a macabre stew of snow (both literal and drug-based), disguises (and disguises within disguises), and falling bodies. A clue, I suppose, to this is to be found in the heavy dose of exposition that is necessary to unpack the book’s ending. I had just started this series and bought books 3-6; I sure hope that book four returns to the light side!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chris Beecroft

    I stumbled upon L B Hathaway's books purely by accident, and I am pleased I did this book is #3 in the series, it describes a very cold snowy New Years at a remote mansion, what I like about this author is the way that you can get into the plot immediately it doesn't get boring at all, poor Posie is supposed to be inspector Lovelaces wife for the night in order for them to obtain some important plans, but as usual nothing is at it seems and no one is who they say, the characters are very diverse I stumbled upon L B Hathaway's books purely by accident, and I am pleased I did this book is #3 in the series, it describes a very cold snowy New Years at a remote mansion, what I like about this author is the way that you can get into the plot immediately it doesn't get boring at all, poor Posie is supposed to be inspector Lovelaces wife for the night in order for them to obtain some important plans, but as usual nothing is at it seems and no one is who they say, the characters are very diverse and it's up to Posie to sort thing out in her own way. I am just about to start #4 and can't wait, there are only five books I can find at the moment but I hope we get to see a lot more from this author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Argum

    Posie is all alone for the holiday with her beau off adventuring. Inspector Lovelace calls her for a favor - go undercover as his wife to a house party. He leaves off most of the details until they are underway as wealthy couple. There is to be an exchange of lots of money for some war plane plans. Some evil doer has already killed for them so MI5 has enlisted the Yard for backup and commandeered an old adventurer's party. But basically no one is who they seem. Posie and Lovelace work together t Posie is all alone for the holiday with her beau off adventuring. Inspector Lovelace calls her for a favor - go undercover as his wife to a house party. He leaves off most of the details until they are underway as wealthy couple. There is to be an exchange of lots of money for some war plane plans. Some evil doer has already killed for them so MI5 has enlisted the Yard for backup and commandeered an old adventurer's party. But basically no one is who they seem. Posie and Lovelace work together to get the exchange done safely, but murderous intent gets in the way of things go smoothly along with a nasty snowstorm that cuts off the outside world. Posie is a fun girl who is game to help and makes a nice heroine.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Good fun if you ignore the historical inaccuracies and the repetition of odd phrases like "as sure as bread was bread". The phrase is presumably intended to be a variation on the phrase "as sure as eggs is eggs", but I have lived in the UK for my entire life and I have never heard anyone say "as sure as bread was bread". I have never seen it written down anywhere else before either. Very peculiar.....Another peculiar thing is the way Posie constantly called Inspector Lovelace "Sir" in this novel Good fun if you ignore the historical inaccuracies and the repetition of odd phrases like "as sure as bread was bread". The phrase is presumably intended to be a variation on the phrase "as sure as eggs is eggs", but I have lived in the UK for my entire life and I have never heard anyone say "as sure as bread was bread". I have never seen it written down anywhere else before either. Very peculiar.....Another peculiar thing is the way Posie constantly called Inspector Lovelace "Sir" in this novel. She doesn't work for Lovelace, she has known him for quite a long time, and is arguably of the same or a higher social class than him, so I don't really understand why she would call him "Sir".....All minor niggles, and it was otherwise an entertaining and relaxing reading experience.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Jane

    Too many issues Too many suspects. Too many diverging plots. Too many over the top, unbelievable characters. Too many inaccuracies, and in all honesty they add nothing more than a sense of pointlessness. Pick an era you can genuinely fit your story in and keep to the facts... Please! It would appear that the word "cozy" within a genre basically indicates that it's not up to scratch. Usually it's a lack of editing unfortunately in this series it's an assumption that historical facts aren't relevant Too many issues Too many suspects. Too many diverging plots. Too many over the top, unbelievable characters. Too many inaccuracies, and in all honesty they add nothing more than a sense of pointlessness. Pick an era you can genuinely fit your story in and keep to the facts... Please! It would appear that the word "cozy" within a genre basically indicates that it's not up to scratch. Usually it's a lack of editing unfortunately in this series it's an assumption that historical facts aren't relevant. Sadly it detracts and turns an ok read into a poor one. What is worse is the list of "I researched this but ignored the fact that it was era inappropriate by 5/10/20 years" plot holes and excuses in the back.. the list gets longer with each book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gail Gassen

    Outstanding What a great read! I think I loved every bit of this book, except the end. That's because I didn't want it to end at all! I love that Posie has Alerac!! And I'm so happy that he loves her so much. She's an amazing a wonderful character, and she didn't deserve what her partner in the detection business did too her!! What a wild & crazy party this New Years Eve party was. With murders, & disguises at every turn almost everyone was pretending to be something or someone else. I think if y Outstanding What a great read! I think I loved every bit of this book, except the end. That's because I didn't want it to end at all! I love that Posie has Alerac!! And I'm so happy that he loves her so much. She's an amazing a wonderful character, and she didn't deserve what her partner in the detection business did too her!! What a wild & crazy party this New Years Eve party was. With murders, & disguises at every turn almost everyone was pretending to be something or someone else. I think if you love these cozy mysteries at all this series will be a favorite! And I'm not so sure its a "cozy" mystery, but its definitely a wonderful mystery!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Louise d'Abadia

    I find the Posie Parker series throughly enjoyable, and this book is no different. This time the plot is different from the previous books in the series, since it narrates a story that happened only on a single night (New Year’s Eve), and not through the course of weeks and months in different locations as in the first two books. It was a fast paced story, with Posie and Inspector Lovelace being charming and clever as always. Despite this being a enjoyable read, I enjoyed the first two books in I find the Posie Parker series throughly enjoyable, and this book is no different. This time the plot is different from the previous books in the series, since it narrates a story that happened only on a single night (New Year’s Eve), and not through the course of weeks and months in different locations as in the first two books. It was a fast paced story, with Posie and Inspector Lovelace being charming and clever as always. Despite this being a enjoyable read, I enjoyed the first two books in the series better, but I would still recommend Murder at Maypole Manor to all murder mystery’s fans.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Pinto Rivas

    Well, I've stumbled to this book on my Bookbub newsletter; at that time, it was free on Amazon. The synopsis seemed promising, so I've decided to read it as a stand alone since I haven't read the other 5. And I have to say that I don't liked it... I loved it so much! I loved the plot, the characters, the historical context in which it is placed. It was very entertaining, very charming, so Agatha Christie with a sort of James Bond-style, since you didn't know who is who. The only thing I would lik Well, I've stumbled to this book on my Bookbub newsletter; at that time, it was free on Amazon. The synopsis seemed promising, so I've decided to read it as a stand alone since I haven't read the other 5. And I have to say that I don't liked it... I loved it so much! I loved the plot, the characters, the historical context in which it is placed. It was very entertaining, very charming, so Agatha Christie with a sort of James Bond-style, since you didn't know who is who. The only thing I would like to point out is the over use of the phrase sure as bread is bread". 4.5 / 5. Spanish and extended version of this review coming soon in https://elvickablog.wordpress.com/

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre

    An average cozy, set in Dover during a blizzard in 1921. The theme has been done over and over, where there's a houseful of party guests, most of them in disguise, so we're not really sure who anyone really is; and any one of them could be a murderer or a spy, a drug-dealing master criminal, or a combination of any of those things. "Murder at Maypole Manor", I found, is a not unpleasant diversion, but nothing that captured my curiosity in any depth. There are so many suspects of one kind or anot An average cozy, set in Dover during a blizzard in 1921. The theme has been done over and over, where there's a houseful of party guests, most of them in disguise, so we're not really sure who anyone really is; and any one of them could be a murderer or a spy, a drug-dealing master criminal, or a combination of any of those things. "Murder at Maypole Manor", I found, is a not unpleasant diversion, but nothing that captured my curiosity in any depth. There are so many suspects of one kind or another, finding out who did what is all just part of a small jigsaw puzzle that you know will be put together to reveal the whole picture, if you just continue reading to the last page.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Despite the fact that the killer is obvious early on, the book is engaging enough until the end. Posie doesn't so much as solve the mystery as is told the solution from various sources. The author continuously refers to the former German East Africa as Tanzania despite the fact that that country didn't exist until 1964. At the time of the novel, it was Tanganyika. That and the modern slang took me out of the story. I may be nitpicking, but the author includes a historical note as if suggesting t Despite the fact that the killer is obvious early on, the book is engaging enough until the end. Posie doesn't so much as solve the mystery as is told the solution from various sources. The author continuously refers to the former German East Africa as Tanzania despite the fact that that country didn't exist until 1964. At the time of the novel, it was Tanganyika. That and the modern slang took me out of the story. I may be nitpicking, but the author includes a historical note as if suggesting that the book was well researched. The psychic mumbo jumbo was out of place in an otherwise realistic novel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharon M. Turner

    Party at Maypole Manor Posie is asked to play a part in an under cover investigation in Kent on the sea coast in the mid 1920's. The handover of an airplane design undercover of a New Years party doesn't quite work like planned. Drug smuggling, stuffed tigers, under ground passages, tunnels between the walls and poisonings are only part of the story. People that aren't who they are supposed to be confused the whole thing. Great story. Be sure to read the pages after the story to see what is true Party at Maypole Manor Posie is asked to play a part in an under cover investigation in Kent on the sea coast in the mid 1920's. The handover of an airplane design undercover of a New Years party doesn't quite work like planned. Drug smuggling, stuffed tigers, under ground passages, tunnels between the walls and poisonings are only part of the story. People that aren't who they are supposed to be confused the whole thing. Great story. Be sure to read the pages after the story to see what is true and not true.

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