Published in hardback 2020 by Severn House
The unfortunate demise of a local woman while bathing off the Sussex coast sends Primrose Oughterard's sleuthing antennae into overdrive.
Eccentric artist and indomitable amateur sleuth (or nosy parker) Primrose is back in Lewes after her 'Baden-Baden' sojourn, but finds tragedy on her doorstep once again with the news that Elspeth Travers has drowned while bathing at Birling Gap. The unfortunate Mrs Travers met her chilly demise in a black ruched swimming costume and pink floral cap, but Primrose is sure something is afoot. Elspeth hated the sea, and indeed frothy bathing hats – so why was she in the water, and was her death really a tragic accident?
With so much incompetence around, Primrose feels compelled to investigate, and soon uncovers secrets, betrayal and nefarious deeds - with the help of her pets, Maurice and Bouncer, inherited from her late brother, Francis. But just when Primrose thinks she's solved the mystery, there's a startling twist...
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"Rich in fascinating characters and with a delightful turn of phrase."
"Delightfully daft as usual, this is another in this great series . . ."
"Cleverly done, with parts of Sussex being beautifully evoked and easily recognisable despite the book being set in the 1950s. It’s a witty, intelligent delight . . ."
Tea and Mystery