Cragside: A 1930’s Murder Mystery by MJ Porter Blog Tour Book Review

I want to start by saying thank you to MJ Porter and Love Books Tours for a copy of the audiobook to review!

Blurb:

Lady Merryweather has had a shocking year. Apprehended for the murder of her husband the year before, and only recently released, she hopes a trip away from London will allow her to grieve. The isolated, but much loved, Cragside Estate in North Northumberland, home of her friends, Lord and Lady Bradbury, holds special memories for her.

But, no sooner has she arrived than the body of one of the guests is found on the estate, and suspicion immediately turns on her. Perhaps there are no friendships to be found here, after all.

Released due to a lack of evidence, Lady Ella returns to Cragside only to discover a second murder has taken place in her absence, and one she can’t possibly have committed.

Quickly realising that these new murders must be related to that of her beloved husband, Lady Merryweather sets out to solve the crime, once and for all. But there are many who don’t want her to succeed, and as the number of murder victims increases, the possibility that she might well be the next victim, can’t be ignored.

Journey to the 1930’s Cragside Estate, to a period house-party where no one is truly safe, and the estate is just as deadly as the people.

My Thoughts:

I love anything set in 1920’s or 1930’s era, especially a murder mystery, and this fits perfectly into my favourite genre of book!

The story begins with Lady Merryweather arriving back to Cragside, after spending the night being questioned by police in Rothbury Police Station. With only her chauffeurs coat to keep her warm, she enters the house to find a second murder has taken place.

From there we are introduced to the cast of characters, which play important roles within the story.

Williams the chauffeur, who has been a loyal employee, and friend to Lady Merryweather and her late husband Bertie. Lord and Lady Bradbury, her hosts for the weekend. I found Lady Bradbury to be an insufferable and snobbish woman. There are many characters within the book, and with some being truly hideous, in more ways than one, they eventually meet their demise.

The scene after Lady Merryweather arrives back and DI Aldcroft starts to question the suspects is great. They are all left in the library to wonder who could have committed these heinous crimes. Some still blaming Lady Merryweather, but with each person, comes a secret. The drama plays out perfectly as each suspect is questioned. Marriages that were a sham all along, friends who were never really friends.
Lady Ella has a genuine and warm connection with her chauffeur Williams, who is incredibly loyal to his employer. When they are talking of Lady Merryweather’s late murdered husband, you can sense the trust between them.

This book has so many twists and turns, I couldn’t stop listening. I also purchased the book for when I was unable to listen. I thoroughly enjoyed both!

I think the form of writing fits the period in which the book is set, the 1930’s, and it is composed in a riveting style. The descriptions of the characters and the buildings, and surrounding land evoke lifelike images in the mind whilst reading.

It is set in the real Cragside, a nineteenth century country house in North Northumberland. The author spent the lockdown wandering the grounds looking for the perfect places for a body to be concealed! The research into the estate is outstanding, as the imagery that you get as you read, is brilliant.

It’s a smart, elegantly written book, and I highly recommend if you are looking for a cozy murder mystery to curl up on the sofa with.
If you love films in the same genre as Clue or Knives Out, then this is for you! A who-dunnit that keeps you hooked until the very end!

Miranda x

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