It’s the early twentieth century in the New Forest area of England, and American heiress Stella Kendrick and her new husband Viscount Lyndy Lyndhurst are getting ready to celebrate their first Christmas as husband and wife.
Stella has been settling into her role as Lady Lyndhurst and is bringing her fresh perspective to the position, even starting a horse farm charity. She’s busy so doesn’t notice much of the domestic goings-on until she discovers a few personal items missing and Mrs. Nelson the housekeeper falls desperately ill, then is found dead on Mistletoe Lane. Could it be one of the other staff? Stella begins questioning workers to find out who knows what. Then a second death occurs during the Point-to-Point Boxing Day Race.
With everything that is happening, Stella and Lyndy realize they can trust no one but each other as they press on to ferret out the killer among the many and varied suspects.
Stella is bright and opinionated but kind, with a social conscience that seems more modern than her times in some circumstances. Lyndy is learning to step outside only what’s expected of his station and support his wife’s endeavors.
There were a lot of titles to keep track of and understand the hierarchy of who fit in where. It could be a bit confusing at times, especially at the beginning.
The author has done a good job of taking the reader back a century, while creating modern characters to identify with as they work together to discover who the thief and the killer are.