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Death of an Unsung Hero: Lady Montfort Mystery Series, Book 4
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In 1916, the world is at war and the energetic Lady Montfort has persuaded her husband to offer his family's dower house to the War Office as an auxiliary hospital for officers recovering from shell-shock with their redoubtable housekeeper Mrs. Jackson contributing to the war effort as the hospital's quartermaster.

Despite the hospital's success, the farming community of Haversham, led by the Montfort's neighbor Sir Winchell Meacham, does not approve of a country-house hospital for men they consider to be cowards. When Captain Sir Evelyn Bray, one of the patients, is found lying face down in the vegetable garden with his head bashed in, both Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson have every reason to fear that the War Office will close their hospital. Once again the two women unite their diverse talents to discover who would have reason to murder a war hero suffering from amnesia.

Brimming with intrigue, Tessa Arlen's Death of an Unsung Hero brings more secrets and more charming descriptions of the English countryside to the wonderful Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson series.

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In 1916, the world is at war and the energetic Lady Montfort has persuaded her husband to offer his family's dower house to the War Office as an auxiliary hospital for officers recovering from shell-shock with their redoubtable housekeeper Mrs. Jackson contributing to the war effort as the hospital's quartermaster.

Despite the hospital's success, the farming community of Haversham, led by the Montfort's neighbor Sir Winchell Meacham, does not approve of a country-house hospital for men they consider to be cowards. When Captain Sir Evelyn Bray, one of the patients, is found lying face down in the vegetable garden with his head bashed in, both Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson have every reason to fear that the War Office will close their hospital. Once again the two women unite their diverse talents to discover who would have reason to murder a war hero suffering from amnesia.

Brimming with intrigue, Tessa Arlen's Death of an Unsung Hero brings more secrets and more charming descriptions of the English countryside to the wonderful Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson series.

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        "The fourth entry by Arlen has enjoyable touches of whimsy... more satisfying than the typical country-manor murder."

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      • content: "Arlen's satisfying fourth mystery set in early-20th-century ....The surprising solution will reward careful readers. The way Arlen integrates the traumas of WWI into a golden age whodunit plot will please Charles Todd fans."
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      • content: "Historical details, notably medical treatments and women's wartime work, add to this fourth entry in the well-researched Lady Montfort series. A winning historical mystery."
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      • content: "The book is a delightful romp through a world of vividly eccentric characters in a beautifully described setting. It was pure pleasure to read, and it packed a punch."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly on A Death by Any Other Name
      • content: "Arlen recreates a richly detailed pre-WWI England, seamlessly weaving historical events and people into her well-written third Lady Montfort mystery... Lovers of traditional English country house mysteries will enjoy this story very much"
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      • source: Margaret Maron, award-winning author of the Deborah Knott series on A Death by Any Other Name
      • content: "Tessa Arlen returns with another intriguing mystery to be solved by the Countess of Montfort and her housekeeper Edith Jackson, a reluctant Watson to Lady Clementine's enthusiastic Sherlock. Roses in the conservatory, crumpets in the drawing room, and news of an assassination in Sarajevo--Arlen skillfully captures the uneasy moods and mores of the time."
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        A countess and her redoubtable servant seek the killer of a courageous soldier.The common sense and discipline that made Edith Jackson the trusted housekeeper of the Earl and Countess of Montfort come to the fore in her role as quartermaster of Lady Montfort's new hospital. Edith approves of turning the Montforts' ugly dower house into a refuge for World War I soldiers, wounded in mind and soul as well as body, under the care of the chief medical officer, who believes in talk therapy and everyday activity to treat shell shock. And Clementine Talbot, Countess of Montfort, is a compassionate patron who believes wholeheartedly in Haversham Hall Hospital's purpose even though her own butler, a fellow member of the gentry, and some of the local country folk see the patients as malingerers. The treatment is definitely a help to Capt. Sir Evelyn Bray, a former man about town who proved his heroism on the French front in a battle he can't recall. His memory is slowly returning, however, and his brother is on his way to visit as a guest of the Talbots. Before the brothers can reunite, though, one of the other officer patients finds Capt. Bray in the kitchen garden with his head smashed in. When the chief constable and his officious CID are too quick to make an arrest, it falls to the admirable Edith and the likable Lady Montfort to correct the professionals' errors. After a second murder and a second wrongful arrest, Lady Montfort's children help her and Edith make sense of clues as disparate as a lunch basket, a trampled bean vine, a portrait, and a draft horse in this snapshot of suffering and healing during the Great War.The fourth entry by Arlen (A Death by Any Other Name, 2017, etc.) has enjoyable touches of whimsy but a little more substance than its predecessors and is thus more satisfying than the typical country-manor murder.

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        In Arlen’s satisfying fourth mystery set in early-20th-century England (after 2017’s A Death by Any Other Name), Clementine Talbot, the Countess of Montfort, embarks on a controversial new venture in 1916—a hospital at her family’s Haversham Hall dedicated to treating soldiers who have returned from France with mental scars, overseen by her loyal servant, Mrs. Jackson. The phenomenon of shell shock is still not widely accepted, and Clementine encounters resistance from those who view the apparently fit men as cowards. When one of their charges, Capt. Sir Evelyn Bray, who received numerous accolades for his bravery under fire, is bludgeoned to death while working in the kitchen garden, suspicion quickly falls on another patient. Clementine and Mrs. Jackson must solve the case before the other patients suffer further psychological damage as a result of the added stress. The surprising solution will reward careful readers. The way Arlen integrates the traumas of WWI into a golden age whodunit plot will please Charles Todd fans. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Lady Montfort and her pragmatic housekeeper Mrs. Jackson investigate a murder of a WWI officer with amnesia in the 20th-century English countryside.

Building on the success of her last three mysteries in the same series, Tessa Arlen returns us to the same universe in Death of an Unsung Hero with more secrets, intrigue, and charming descriptions of the English countryside.

In 1916, the world is at war and the energetic Lady Montfort has persuaded her husband to offer the dower house to the War Office as an auxiliary hospital for officers recovering from shell-shock with their redoubtable housekeeper Mrs. Jackson contributing to the war effort as the hospital's quartermaster.

Despite the hospital's success, the farming community of Haversham, led by the Monfort's neighbor Sir Winchell Meacham, does not approve of a country-house hospital for men they consider to be cowards. When Sir Evelyn Bray, one of the patients, is found lying face down in...

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