Death of an Unsung Hero (Lady Montfort Mystery #4)
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 the 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.

Death of an Unsung Hero (Lady Montfort Mystery #4) Details

TitleDeath of an Unsung Hero (Lady Montfort Mystery #4)
Author
ReleaseMar 13th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250101440
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction

Death of an Unsung Hero (Lady Montfort Mystery #4) Review

  • Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
    January 1, 1970
    Arlen's series, the Lady Montford Mysteries, is a sheer delight, and this new story is the best yet. Arlen aptly mixes upstairs and downstairs at a critical period of societal flux. Lady Montford and her capable partner, housekeeper Mrs. Jackson, are now involved in the new role of the dower house as a military hospital for the shell-shocked officers of WWI. Jackson is the administrator of the hospital and thoroughly enjoying her work. Lady Montford has her son at home, seriously depressed at hi Arlen's series, the Lady Montford Mysteries, is a sheer delight, and this new story is the best yet. Arlen aptly mixes upstairs and downstairs at a critical period of societal flux. Lady Montford and her capable partner, housekeeper Mrs. Jackson, are now involved in the new role of the dower house as a military hospital for the shell-shocked officers of WWI. Jackson is the administrator of the hospital and thoroughly enjoying her work. Lady Montford has her son at home, seriously depressed at his inability to rejoin the fighting as a pilot while recovering from an injury. Lady Althea, on the other hand, is relishing her job in organizing the local Land Girls, much to the dismay of her mother who is concerned about the changing ways of young people during war time. Arlen has done an impeccable job in researching the work of the home front and the varieties of war trauma, both physical and mental, for this period. The writing is so excellent than these authentic observations and descriptions are embedded into the plot and characters seamlessly and vividly bring these realities to the reader. And the plot is intriguing - the murder of one of the traumatized officers in the garden of the hospital. Lady Montford and Mrs. Hardcastle go right to work on this new mystery, bringing Jackson's methodical mind and research abilities and Lady Montford's lively brillance into a shocking resolution of the case. Well done!
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  • Homerun2
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 starsThis third Lady Montfort mystery is set in 1916, two years into the Great War. The last book ended with the declaration of war in 1914, and lots has happened offstage. Lady Montfort's son Harry, a pilot, has been injured and is home recuperating. Her daughter Verity, in France, is in harm's way and Lady M frets about that. Her younger daughter Althea has joined the Women's Land Army and is a visible sign of changes in society and culture that the war have accelerated. And their dower h 3.75 starsThis third Lady Montfort mystery is set in 1916, two years into the Great War. The last book ended with the declaration of war in 1914, and lots has happened offstage. Lady Montfort's son Harry, a pilot, has been injured and is home recuperating. Her daughter Verity, in France, is in harm's way and Lady M frets about that. Her younger daughter Althea has joined the Women's Land Army and is a visible sign of changes in society and culture that the war have accelerated. And their dower house has been turned into a convalescent home for victims of shell-shock. One of the most interesting parts of this novel was the commentary on how people viewed the recovering veterans. Many felt that they were cowards and malingerers. Lady M's sleuthing partner, Mrs. Jackson, is in charge of the operations of the hospital and is her usual capable and rational self.Turbulent times are made even worse when one of the patients is discovered murdered in the garden. The townspeople and local police immediately decide one of the other "mental" patients is responsible. Lady M and Mrs. Jackson try to piece together events, alibis and secrets from the past that might have a bearing. It's interesting that, contrary to many mysteries with amateur sleuths, the local residents and Lady M's family have confidence that they will solve the crime.The characters are fleshing out more with every book and the relationship between the two women is interesting, if probably not historically possible. This was a time when British society in particular was in upheaval and the book does a great job of illustrating that. I did miss Mr. Stafford in this book -- he is a particular friend of Mrs. Jackson's and I enjoyed the interplay between them but he is off to war. And I recognized the murder weapon and thus the murderer fairly early on. But there were several twists and turns to keep things interesting.Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Chris Arlen
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always surprised by the social history that's finely woven into the Lady Montfort series. And this one is my favorite of the four so far: Because the author is a rather close personal (spousal) friend of mine, I get the opportunity to hear various aspects of the story as they're being developed. However, when I eventually get to read the ARC, I'm genuinely moved and impressed with Tessa Arlen's insightful research. She effortlessly intertwines interesting bits of history into the dramatic I'm always surprised by the social history that's finely woven into the Lady Montfort series. And this one is my favorite of the four so far: Because the author is a rather close personal (spousal) friend of mine, I get the opportunity to hear various aspects of the story as they're being developed. However, when I eventually get to read the ARC, I'm genuinely moved and impressed with Tessa Arlen's insightful research. She effortlessly intertwines interesting bits of history into the dramatic storytelling. - - With each book I'm entertained and painlessly educated. My favorite combination in fiction. So looking forward to the next books in the series.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    This is probably my favorite so far! This time around, two years since the last book, war is raging on. Lady Montfort decides to put her house in Haversham for war use, much to the chagrin of her neighbors and friends because the house offers aids to those who are facing the aftereffects of war. Until a body of a general is found on the grounds, and the hospital is due for a checkup Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson are out for the chase. I enjoyed the mystery and loved that the whole family gets t This is probably my favorite so far! This time around, two years since the last book, war is raging on. Lady Montfort decides to put her house in Haversham for war use, much to the chagrin of her neighbors and friends because the house offers aids to those who are facing the aftereffects of war. Until a body of a general is found on the grounds, and the hospital is due for a checkup Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson are out for the chase. I enjoyed the mystery and loved that the whole family gets together in this book. We already met Henry but we finally get to meet Lady Althea! Henry isn't the same after being in the war as a pilot, and Althea's character is introduced as an adventurous spirit and an advocate for the land girls much to Clementine's dismay.  There was also a feeling of change throughout the book, a change between a society with rules and class ...to one without barriers even Clementine and Mrs. Jackson can feel this shift. My only con for this book wasn't towards the story or writing but for a character, Inspector who shall not be named (you'll understand once you read the book) was brazen, intimidating and downright distasteful. Overall I recommend this book especially if you read up until book 3! If you love historical fiction mystery novels with duo heroines then this ones for you!
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  • Joshualyn Prater
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy from netgalley for my honest review,  so thank you netgalley and publishers for offering me this book! ♡This story is a about Lady Montford, her partner and housekeeper mrs.Jackson who is now the administrator of the hospital. Lady Montford has her son at home, seriously depressed at his inability to rejoin the fighting as a pilot while recovering from an injury. This was my first book by this author, I did enjoy it, It was fast paced for the most part but at times it felt I received an ARC copy from netgalley for my honest review,  so thank you netgalley and publishers for offering me this book! ♡This story is a about Lady Montford, her partner and housekeeper mrs.Jackson who is now the administrator of the hospital. Lady Montford has her son at home, seriously depressed at his inability to rejoin the fighting as a pilot while recovering from an injury. This was my first book by this author, I did enjoy it, It was fast paced for the most part but at times it felt slow and just alltogether an easy read. ♡ I give this book a 3.5 star rating!
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  • Jean Kolinofsky
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me to review Death of an Unsung Hero in exchange for an honest review. Haversham Hall Hospital has been opened in the dowager house on Iyntwood estate to treat victims of shell shock. In 1916 Lady Montfort donated the home to the War Office and her former housekeeper Mrs. Jackson is the acting quartermaster. With an inspection by the War Office looming, Captain Bray, one of the patients, is found murdered in the vegetable garden I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me to review Death of an Unsung Hero in exchange for an honest review. Haversham Hall Hospital has been opened in the dowager house on Iyntwood estate to treat victims of shell shock. In 1916 Lady Montfort donated the home to the War Office and her former housekeeper Mrs. Jackson is the acting quartermaster. With an inspection by the War Office looming, Captain Bray, one of the patients, is found murdered in the vegetable garden. The captain was brought to the hospital suffering from amnesia after risking his life in a brutal battle to bring his men to safety.The staff and each of the patients can account for their actions at the time of the murder. One patient, however, was sent to the orchard adjacent to the garden to pick apples and is under suspicion after finding the body. Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson must once again work together to solve the murder. While the hospital receives support for the help it gives suffering soldiers, there are also those in the area that consider the patients cowards. One neighbor is outspoken on his opposition to the hospital, but how far would he go to have it closed? When a second patient is murdered, he becomes the next suspect that the police look at.. since both of the victims were from the same unit, Mrs. Jackson begins to look at their war records and the actions that earned Captain Bray his award, searching for any connection between them.Tessa Arlen brings the English countryside to life at a time of war. As the battles rage in France, the harvests must still be brought in and the estate must still be overseen. With the men away, she explores the use of land girls to help run the farms. In the hospital, the doctor is using new techniques with the patients. Keeping the patients busy with everyday tasks, painting and therapy sessions is a new treatment being explored and has been successful in a number of cases. Ther is still tea time at Iyntwood, but the staff is reduced and everyone has additional responsibilities.Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson are a formidable pair. Like Holmes and Watson, they work well together, comparing notes and exploring paths to investigate. This story should appeal to fans of Charles Todd. It will also appeal to fans who are missing the estates and drama of Downton Abbey.
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