Jessie, in New Hampshire where the crocuses bloom throughout the lawn!
I first met Clara McKenna several years ago at Malice Domestic. In the intervening years, it has been a pleasure to get to know her better at other events and most notably through our joint participation in the Sleuths in Time group. I am just delighted to welcome her to the Wickeds today to reveal her latest gorgeous cover for her Stella and Lyndy series! She has offered choice” of any book in the series to a randomly chosen commenter.
Thanks for having me on the Wickeds, Jessie think this is perhaps my favorite cover in the series so far. Don’t they just look like a couple on their honeymoon? What could possibly go wrong?
Clara McKenna returns with the latest book in a historical cozy mystery series sure to appeal to fans of Alyssa Maxwell and Anna Lee Huber.
Against all expectations in Edwardian England, newly married American heiress Stella Kendrick and British aristocrat Viscount “Lyndy” Lyndhurst are bucking traditions—and investigating murder—on their honeymoon . . .
Leaving behind tragedies surrounding their wedding at Morrington Hall, travel-worn Stella and Lyndy arrive at the grand Majestic Hotel in York to more misfortune—their stately honeymoon suite has been given away to Horace Wingrove, owner of England’s largest confectionery. Stella refuses to let an innocent booking mistake spoil the mood, but her optimism vanishes when Horace suffocates in the room where she and Lyndy should have stayed . . .
Unlike authorities on the scene, Stella can’t believe the business magnate’s death can be explained away as an accident. Troubling signs are everywhere—strange murmurs in the hallway, tight-lipped hotel staff, and a stolen secret recipe for Wingrave’s famous chocolate. Then there are Horace’s murky intentions for visiting the historic cathedral city, and those who were closely watching his every move . . .
As Stella and Lyndy tour Yorkshire and mingle with royals as husband and wife, they face a sinister mystery that puts their vows to the test. Can the couple work together to discover the truth about their romantic destination and the strange happenings haunting their trip before they’re treated to another terrifying surprise?
Readers, have you ever had a mix-up with your travel plans? A hotel reservation that was bungled? A missed or canceled flight? Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of one of Clara’s novels!
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Clara McKenna writes the historical Stella & Lyndy Mystery series, about an unlikely couple who mix love, murder and horse racing in Edwardian England. Murder at Keyhaven Castle, the third book in the series was a Historical Novel Society’s Editor’s Choice and voted one of a Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2021. Murder at the Majestic Hotel, fourth book in the series releases in October 2022.
Clara is the founding member of Sleuths in Time, a cooperative group of historical mystery writers who encourage and promote each other’s work, as well as a member of Sisters in Crime. With an incurable case of wanderlust, she travels every chance she gets, England being a favorite destination. When she can’t get to the UK, she’s happy to write about it from her Victorian farmhouse in Iowa.