The Villa in Italy
An enchanting, tightly woven mystery set in the seductive sunlight of an Italian summer.
None of the four strangers summoned to the magical Villa Dante on the coast of Liguria knew Beatrice Malaspina. Yet she named them in her will: Delia, an opera singer with no voice; George, a physicist haunted by the horrors unleashed at Los Alamos; Marjorie, a struggling detective novelist, and Lucius, a New York banker with grim memories of the war in Europe.
They find a Paladian villa with enchanting frescoes, a mediaeval tower, and a garden that leads to the sea. The villa seems spellbound, with its tower locked and its fountains dry.
Why are they there?
Who was Beatrice Malaspina?
… And what is the devastating secret hidden in her villa?
A new vintage mystery by Elizabeth Edmondson.
From fog-bound London to sun-drenched France…
1947. Exasperated by her tyrannical family, Vicky escapes from rationing and austerity Britain and flees to the south of France.
But she’s not there just for the glorious food, wine and sunshine: she has an inheritance to claim, and a mystery to solve.
Can she find her wartime husband, Philippe d’Icère? Is he alive or dead? A hero or a traitor? An imposter, or a true Frenchman?
Do the answers lie in the Languedoc village of St Aphrodise, where danger lurks in the ancient streets?
How can she be sure who’s a loyal friend and who a bitter enemy?
Vicky seems destined to fail—or will she, in the end, find out the truth about Philippe?
New Release — A Question of Inheritance is out now.
This is the second book in the Very English Mysteries series, following the Amazon bestselling British historical mystery A Man of Some Repute, and the novella A Youthful Indiscretion.
Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they’re awaiting the arrival of the new Earl—an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.
The town of Selchester, rich in scandal and gossip, is unsure what to make of the Earl or his teenage daughters, but they know that his sharp-tongued half-sister, Lady Sonia, furious at being deprived of her inheritance, won’t be a merry guest over Christmas.
The new Lord Selchester can cope with the strangeness of English country life, but he hadn’t expected stolen paintings—or a body in the hothouse.
What’s the link between Hugo’s investigations and the suspicious goings-on in the town and at the Castle? And will he and his allies get to the heart of the mystery before the murderer gets to them?
Downton Abbey meets Greek myth
The classic and haunting story of the Oresteia retold in the world of an aristocratic Cornish family.
In the summer of 1934, Olivia Otway finds herself plucked from the familiar, bohemian whirl of London fashion and set down in the Elizabethan splendour of Landrake House. Deep in the green hills of Cornwall, set amid subtropical gardens, Landrake is a place barely touched by time and progress, as is its master Lord Landrake—her mother’s new husband.
formerly The Art of Love
The French Riviera is the setting for this absorbing tale of family intrigue, scandal and romance, against the glamorous background of 1930s artists and aristocracy.
Polly Smith is struggling to make a living as an artist when her friend and patron, Oliver, invites her to his father’s house in the South of France. Thrilled to escape cold, wet London, Polly asks for her birth certificate to get a passport. Her world changes. Read More
England, Christmas 1936: a bitter winter brings snow to the fells and ice to a a great northern lake, bringing with it returning exiles – and the long shadow of Fascism. Above the lake, the two great houses of Wyncrag and Grindley Hall once again ring with life as the scattered Richardsons and Grindleys trickle back to their ancestral homes, bringing with them unanswered questions, deadly secrets, and the scars of a fifteen-year-old-tragedy. Read More