Fire When Ready (Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton Series #7)by Kate Kingsbury
There's no evidence that Sitting Marsh's munitions factory was bombed by the Luftwaffe, so it's up to Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton to discern who in the sleepy little community sabotaged the plant and killed the owner.
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Have enjoyed the whole series. Not a lot of unnecessory dialogue to get to the point. Also not 10 pages describing one sex act. Fast enjayable read. Can hardly wait for next in the series.
During World War II in England, the villagers have seen too much change in too short a time to want any further disruptions in their way of life. Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton of the Manor House subtly soothes ruffled feathers of the locals, tired by food rationing, the invasion of the Americans quartered in British homes, and the curfews. Even Elizabeth the great cannot get the residents to accept the new munitions factory run by Douglas McNally....................... At the opening ceremony, Elizabeth has the honor of cutting the ribbon, but is taken aback when Douglas informs her that he is receiving death threats in the mail. Shortly thereafter, a fire breaks out at the factory killing Douglas and a charwoman. Following a rather quick inquiry, the fire marshal declares an accident occurred, but Elizabeth wonders in light of the letters whether murder happened. She learns that the victims were locked inside an office unable to get out. Totally connived that murder took place, Elizabeth intends to prove that and uncover the identity of the culprit......................... FIRE WHEN READY is a fun to read amateur sleuth historical mystery that pays attention to period detail so that the readers can taste the real frustrations, fears, sacrifices, and hardships of villagers in England during the Great War. The heroine is a plucky strong willed character who watches over her villagers like a mother hen; thus investigating arson and murder in Elizabeth¿s mind is part of protecting her ¿children¿. Kate Kingsbury treats her readers with a charming tale that will send her satisfied audience seeking previous novels in this fine series.................................. Harriet Klausner