Employed as chef for the forthcoming wedding of Arthur, Lord Montfoy and an American heiress, Auguste Didier finds himself thoroughly enjoying the peace and tranquillity of Farthing Court estate in Kent, with its impeccably run kitchens and rolling pastoral landscape. Even King Edward VII's unpublicised attendance seems troublefree, coinciding as it does with Frimhurst village's elaborate -- though not altogether traditional -- preparations for May Day.
But behind the smiling pageantry lurks a much more sinister force. For several people are not who they appear - Arthur is no longer the true Lord Montfoy, having sold his birthright years earlier; the villagers have ulterior motives for dressing up as creatures of folklore; and, most disturbing of all, the real Lord Montfoy -- who has been living abroad under the name Thomas Entwhistle -- turns out to be none other than Pyotr Gregorin, a prominent member of the Tsar's secret service and now Didier's uncle by marriage. A man who has sworn many times to murder him ...
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Most historians think King Edward VII spent May Day 1905 in Paris, but Myers explains his impatience with the press's attentiveness to his whereabouts by whisking him away to Farthing Court in Kent to attend the wedding of Lord Arthur Montfoy to American soft-drink heiress Gertrude Pennyfather. The King's presence isn't the only secret behind the wedding, either. The bride doesn't know that her penniless bridegroom has sold his estate to wealthy squire Thomas Entwhistle. Nor does anyone in the wedding party know that Entwhistle is really Pyotr Gregorin, a Tsarist assassin sworn to kill his niece's husband, master chef Auguste Didierthough Didier, dragged along to cook for the King (still another secret, since his royal connections have obliged him to give up his art), certainly tries hard enough to persuade His Majesty and Chief Inspector Egbert Rose that Entwhistle is really Gregorin. In fact, Farthing Court is awash in so many other secretsdiscarded royal mistresses, unsuccessful suitors, jewel thefts, nocturnal scamperingsthat it's a relief when a murder, decked out in the trappings of a spurious local legend, finally (finally!) puts paid to the idea of an uneventful honeymoon for the nuptial pair. Overstuffed period folderol from a veteran (Murder in the Smokehouse, 1997, etc.) who deserves her audience's thanks for reminding them how much Merrie England bric-a-brac was sentimental claptrap from the beginning. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Severn House Publishers, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110727854151
Book Description Severn House Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0727854151 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1989720