Award winning author, Veronica Cline Barton, introduces us to the second volume in her series, Cast, Crew, and Carnage; the Filming of Castlewood Manor:
American heiress Gemma Lancaster Phillips, PhD, can tell you that owning and running a large estate is much less glamorous than it sounds. Her ancestral home of Cherrywood Hall is stunning, but Gemma knows how much hard work her cousin, Lord Evan Lancaster, and his estate manager, Kyle Williams, put into maintaining the sprawling location.
Castlewood Manor, on the other hand, is all the glamour with none of the grit. The period drama television series is set to film in Cherrywood Hall and bring millions of pounds into the local community. The only problem is that someone wants to see the production shut down permanently and is willing to kill for it! Gemma isn’t about to let a murderer run rampant through the halls of her family’s estate. When Scotland Yard’s own Chief Inspector Marquot solicits her advice, she once again enlists the help of Evan and Kyle to catch the culprit.
Egotistical actors, a royal it-girl, rival estate owners, and even a family ghost spring up to help or hinder Gemma on her quest for the truth. Will it be enough to show Gemma just what kind of evil has been brought to Cherrywood Hall?
I love Veronica’s writing, she assembles so many different elements to weave a masterful tale of intrigue and suspense. Scene setting, dialogue, and action are just a few of the things she does so well! Also, there is no head-hopping whatsoever! One of my pet peeves is having to stop and figure out who is speaking.
She offers lots of clues and it might be a little easier if you read the first book, The Crown for Castlewood Manor beforehand. It isn’t necessary by any means. I have reviewed Crown previously, last September.
I give Cast, Crew, and Carnage a score of 4.9 stars. The score would have been higher except for the small handful of spelling errors I found.
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Tags: mystery, suspense, traditional detective, cozy murder, cosy murder, castle