Death at Blenheim Palace

Written by Robin Paige
Review by Lorraine Gelly

In the summer of 1903, Charles, Lord Sheridan, and his American wife, Kathryn, a writer, are guests of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. The palace is an unhappy place for the Duchess, the former Consuelo Vanderbilt, who was forced by her domineering mother to marry the Duke. He, in turn, is fascinated by another American woman, Gladys Deacon, an unconventional beauty who is also a guest at the palace. Charles is an amateur forensic detective of some renown, and when Gladys disappears after a formal dinner, the Duke demands that Charles find her. During their search, the body of a young serving woman is discovered in the lake.

The authors, the husband-wife team of Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert, have successfully blended history with mystery in their 11th novel in this series. Several real-life people help with the investigation, most notably Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence, who appears as a young man. The authors’ attention to historical detail and fact is impeccable; they are well respected for their research and fine writing.