High Marks for Murder
It’s 1905, and Meredith Llewellyn is the headmistress at Bellehaven, a finishing school for young ladies in the English Cotswolds. Meredith came to the post after her husband was killed in the Boer War. Many of the students as well as some of the staff are suffragettes. Meredith herself is sympathetic to the suffragette cause and strives to balance this with her position to prepare young ladies to be proper wives and mothers. One Sunday morning, Kathleen Duncan, the home management teacher and a close friend of Meredith’s, is found dead in the garden, apparently killed by a falling tree branch. The local doctor determines that it was in fact, murder, not an accident. Meredith is determined to find out who killed her friend. While attempting to solve the mystery, Kathleen’s ghost repeatedly visits her; Meredith believes Kathleen is urging her to find the killer. I enjoyed this cozy mystery until the murder was solved. Disappointingly, there was a glaring problem with the solution, and I was left wondering about the loose end, something I really hate. I won’t be reading any more of this new series.