It’s post-WWI England, and Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid Eva Huntford find themselves unraveling the twists of a murder at Lady Phoebe’s sister’s country estate. Fashion icon Coco Chanel and her entourage of mannequins (models), assistants, photographer and personal staff have descended on the estate as the fashion designer plans to use the gardens to photograph her latest creations.

When one of the models is found dead after a flue in the fireplace in her room is closed deliberately, Lady Phoebe and Eva set out to discover the killer before an innocent man is charged with the crime.

Ms. Maxwell has created a lovely tableau of characters, a victim with many enemies, plenty of suspects…and lots of danger for our daring duo. There are plenty of historical details and a glimpse into the life of a society that wants to escape the horror they’ve just experienced and enjoy parties, fashion, excitement.

I look forward to more A Lady and Lady’s Maid mysteries from this talented author.

4 stars