For Whom Death Tolls

Written by Kate Kingsbury
Review by Claire Morris Bernard

This short WWII mystery, the third in the Manor House series, continues the adventures of Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton. When an American airman is found hanging in the bell tower of her local church, Elizabeth determines to uncover why. Is his death related to the black-market goods surfacing in her village? Since the villagers resent the Americans, could one of them have committed murder?

The author fits a copious amount of period detail into this novel. The reader remains conscious throughout that a war is on. Her interplay between the Yanks and the Brits sounds authentic; I noticed just two out-of-place Americanisms. This mystery contains a touch of romance, and interesting, if eccentric, characters, but it is for readers who prefer lightness and humor.