5 Stars for Castlewood Manor This was a glamorously mysterious, funny and entertaining read. I would liken it to Clue meets a a modern Downton Abbey.
It all starts in Malibu as Dr. Gemma Lancaster Phillips, is out celebrating her newly awarded PhD when she stumbles upon her boyfriend with another female. As chance would have it, her actress mother, Jillian, and her British cousin, Evan, convince her to get away and head to England to assist him in making his estate the venue for a new highly anticipated British television series, Castlewood Manor.
What follows is a story of murder, intrigue, conspiracy, greed, romance, and drama. Ms. Barton takes her readers to beautifully built English manors, immaculate gardens, into the vault of centuries old dresses and jewels, through quaint English villages and gives you a sneak peek inside the lap of luxury on this tour of aristocratic British life. Lovely meals are had and mystery abounds as Gemma and Evan along with a cast of fun and lovable characters strive to win the Crown for Castlewood Manor as the steep competition starts to turn deadly.
This book had it all, and I enjoyed both the story and picturesque setting as I was swept away by the history, murder mystery, and love interest that developed. The characters were funny, endearing and realistic and the plot was well paced. I especially enjoyed the legacy of Aunt Pippa. If you are a fan of history, murder mysteries and love stories, this book is for you.