Following an eventful Christmas Euphemia Martins, like her employer Richenda Muller, is looking forward to a quiet start to 1913. Their hopes are dashed when Richenda's husband Hans anunces that they are to visit the home of Sir Richard Stapleford, Richenda's nefarious twin. Sir Richard is holding a grand party at his Scottish estate, to celebrate the New Year, and Hans is looking to seal a business deal or two. The Muller household, plus Richenda's brother Bertram, soon discover that Richard has rather a big surprise up his sleeve...Against her better judgement, Euphemia becomes mixed up with blushing brides and tales of ghosts - and faces from the past serve to complicate things further. When a body is found, Euphemia investigates - and finds herself under suspicion. Meanwhile, Richenda is decidedly (and calamitously) off cake - and Bertram is overjoyed at the techlogical progress of the motor car...The ninth in the Euphemia Martins series of historical murder mysteries by Caroline Dunford.
Caroline Dunford has previously worked as a psychotherapist, a journalist and a non-fiction author. She has a deep love of story, which she believes is at the heart of human nature. She first declared, at five years old, that she wanted to be a writer but was told there was little options of it being a full time job. Undeterred, she started writing short stories, plays and mini novels. She became known for writing plays at primary school including casting and directing the performances. She then grew up and went to university, studied sensible subjects and decided she didn't like the 'real world' one bit. She started out as a freelance journalist and writer, sending off short stories to every magazine she could find and received rejection after rejection until she learnt to better her writing. As a journalist, she was somewhat of a failure as she didn't like upsetting people and therefore never made it to tabloid press. She then studied a part time degree in psychology, which she enjoyed more than her past studied subjects. Caroline then spent years working with other people helping them shape their personal life stories (she is a Freudian at heart) until she decided to take the plunge and write her own stories full time. She believes that writing fiction is now the only way she can stay sane. Euphemia Martins was partly inspired by the family legend of her great, great grandmother, who ran away from a very rich family and ended up working in service. Unlike Euphemia, she found the life far too hard, but was rescued by a tobacconist, whom she married and with whom she had thirteen children. Murder casts a sharp light over those around it, revealing characters and morality in unique sharpness. What forces one to take the life of another and how those around react reveals so much about human nature and the fragility of society. Caroline finds the period before WW1, when everyone was setting their playing pieces on the board for global conflict fascinating. She is also intrigued by the start of female emancipation and the class-system breakdown that was taking hold. Caroline loves puzzles and finds human beings the most exciting puzzles of all. But above all, she believes life must be enjoyed with humour. We must all bring whatever light we can to the darkness.