A mix-up in the nursery forces two married Regency sleuths (Death Comes to Bath, 2018, etc.) to hunt down a killer.
Lucy, Lady Kurland, is expecting her second child. Looking for extra help in the nursery, she decides to give Polly Carter, the cousin of her current nursery maid, Agnes, a try despite dire warnings about hiring someone so beautiful. Polly does very well with little Ned, but her beauty causes so many problems among the male staff that Lucy and Sir Robert would dismiss her if it weren’t for their strong sense of fairness. Even Bert Speers, one of the ostlers from the inn in town, has been seen following her home. When Polly and James, who’s understudying the butler’s job, both vanish, it’s assumed that they’ve run off until James is discovered dumped at his father’s farm after having been bashed on the head and Polly’s found strangled in a ditch. Feeling responsible for her, Robert and Lucy resolve to unmask her killer, but they don’t reckon with the surprises coming their way. Agnes admits that Polly isn’t her cousin and she’s not even named Polly, though her cousin did ask Agnes to help the imposter get the job. Who is the mysterious stranger, and why did she want to work at Kurland Hall? Searching her room, Lucy finds some memorabilia that suggest she may be the actress Flora Rosa. Burt Speers is being held in the cellars at the inn as the most likely suspect, but his guilt is in doubt. Despite being weighed down by her pregnancy, Lucy refuses to let Robert go it alone, and they use all their resources to uncover a killer.
A charming Regency mystery/romance with plenty of local color and unexpected twists and turns.