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Paint by Murder (Manor House Mystery Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Kingsbury
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Released for the First Time on Kindle, the fifth book in the fabulous Manor House Mystery Series by Kate Kingsbury, the bestselling author of the Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries!

Enthralling mystery, lots of laughter and a little bit of romance – that’s village life in wartime England….

Left with only a muddle-headed butler, a bossy cook/housekeeper and a couple of energetic maids, Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton has enough problems on her hands. Not only is she struggling to upkeep the sprawling Manor House and vast acres she inherited, she must also take care of her numerous tenants, while coping with the inconveniences and sacrifices of wartime England. Fortunately Sitting Marsh is far removed from the bombing going on in London and other cities. That doesn’t mean that peace prevails in the tiny village. There’s the handsome American major who takes over the Manor House for officers’ quarters, and the group of belligerent housewives determined to take on the German invaders, not to mention a murder or two…

Lovers of Agatha Christie’s books will find much to enjoy in this tale of intrigue and laughter in an English village, and Emily Brightwell fans will fall in love with the offbeat characters of Sitting Marsh.

Roger Thorncroft spent most of his days on the cliffs with his easel and paints, until the day he was found sprawled in the grass. Who and why would someone have killed such a gentle, quiet man? Then again, who really knew the artist and his secrets? And who are the mysterious strangers seen in Sitting Marsh? The members of the Housewives League are convinced they are German spies. Lady Elizabeth has her work cut out to catch a killer and restore harmony in the village.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425192156
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M8JID2S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 29 Nov. 2014
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I love this series, simply written with a good plot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 8 Nov. 2014
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Kate Kingsbury is another author I am lucky to have discovered.Her stories move at a very good pace and are very interesting. Paint by Murder is a five star read and I recommend her work for all Kindle readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Dec. 2014
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Brilliant story
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3.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Series 18 Jan. 2004
By Louis M. Perdue - Published on
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This, the fifth in the Manor House series of mysteries, is the best thus far. In this entry, the murder of one of Elizabeth's tenants is not the main focus. More time is spent on the dramas going on in her life as well as the lives of the other inhabitants of fictional Sitting Marsh. I enjoyed this book for that very reason - Kate Kingsbury tends to write better serial fiction than actual mysteries. Usually the mystery parts of her books are quite easy to figure out and I prefer reading about the progress in the various relationships. All in all, this is a quick and light read that makes for a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid British historical 2 Sept. 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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Even though her parents were killed in the London bombings and her ex-husband absconded with most of her money Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton is determined to look after her tenants and the villagers of Sitting Marsh. As the lady of the Manor, she feels it is her duty to set an example to the people who look her for guidance during the perilous times of WW II.
When one of her new tenants, artist Basel Thorncraft, is murdered she is told that the local constables are not handling the case. There are rumors in the village of a German spy staying in the area waiting for a pick-up by his masters. Elizabeth thinks that the spy killed the artist but there are so many new faces in the village that she doesn't have a clue as to who the perpetrator is. She starts her own investigation, an action that has always put her in danger in previous homicide investigations.
PAINT BY MURDER is a splendid British historical cozy that gives the reader a feel of what life was like in the small English towns during W.W.II. The heroine is always torn between acting like a proper English lady and giving in to the impulses that always get her in dangerous situations. Kate Kingsbury's Manor House mysteries are simply delightful and her latest work is no exception.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teamwork At Last 24 Dec. 2013
By Island River Scribe - Published on
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This is the 5th book in the Manor House series, which takes place in WWII England circa 1942 – 1944. I would not consider this a standalone novel as so much character and societal development has taken place previously. And this story begins only a few months after the conclusion of the previous.

In the prior novel, “Dig Deep for Murder,” the Beckham cottage on the manor had been the focus of several incidents. Fred Beckham had died of a heart attack in the cottage and then his body was mutilated in order to cover up a crime of a different sort. Before the tale was finished, the villain had attacked Lady Elizabeth in the cottage and left her to die.

Now Lady Elizabeth has found another body in the Beckham cottage, the new tenant, an artist by the name of Basil Thorncroft. Thorncroft has been stabbed to death through the heart, with no clues as to the identity of the murderer. And, thus, the first of the three plot threads is established.

The second plot thread, while truly secondary to the other two, is the continuing story of Polly, Lady Elizabeth’s assistant, and her relationship with the American pilot, Sam Cutter. In the last novel, Sam, by way of his own anger, wrecked a Jeep, causing massive injuries to his face. The psychological damage is even more massive and that aspect is part of this novel.

The other major plot thread is the relationship between Lady Elizabeth and Major Earl Monroe, a friendship that is really so much more for each of them but as yet un-confessed to the other. Then circumstances surrounding the murder serve as catalyst for those un-confessed feelings to begin their path toward a public declaration.

In this regard, feelings that had just been barely touched on or alluded to erupt into full acknowledgment in both Elizabeth’s internal monologues and Earl’s dialog. And it is in Elizabeth’s internal monologues that Kingsbury’s research and insight into the culture of the British nobility and the culture of that era shines. Elizabeth examines her feelings for Earl, acknowledges to herself that she loves the man and still decides that she must choose what is right in the long run rather than the temporary high of succumbing to the wants of the present.

The scenes between Lady Elizabeth and Earl are charged with honest emotion and the author cuts to the quick in their depth of understanding. Kingsbury paints a heart-rending clash between what they feel for each other and what they should do about what they feel, which, in the culture of the time, is nothing since Earl is married. But their friendship survives and even deepens as their sense of honor and their guiding principles remain steady.

By the end of the novel, the murderer is revealed and caught by the teamwork of Elizabeth and Earl. We are caught up on the activities of Violet (the cook), Martin (the senile butler), Sadie (the maid) and Marlene (Polly’s sister). And we are introduced to Douglas McNally, whose presence and purpose in Sitting Marsh is definitely the prelude to at least one more novel, if not more.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me. 8 Dec. 2014
By Jonesy - Published on
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I finished this book, so there is that to be said for it, but this is the first book of Kingsbury's that I've read and it will be the last. The writing is tepid at best, her main characters seem to be heading for an adulterous relationship, with some very flimsy rationalization, and the supporting characters are all unbelievably shallow. She does some lip service to war time rationing, but everyone seems to have plenty of alcohol, tea and whatever they want when they want it. Those who lived through it tell a very different story. I cannot recommend this series.
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written book that takes you right back to the 30s and 40s and lets you see what life was like in England back then 2 Dec. 2014
By carol p - Published on
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This is a delightful murder mystery set in England in World War II. The village is funny and charming and all the people a bit off, but decent and doing their best. Lady Elizabeth feels like each person in the village is under her care and that their well being is her business. But she is falling in love with a married man from the US. God Save the Queen. She can't risk a scandal, or can she. You will love every crazy character. The story is well thought out and she does keep you guessing a bit. I will read more of the author.
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