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Murder at Maybridge Castle


Christmas 1937. An assortment of guests, including journalist turned amateur sleuth Daphne King, have arrived at Maybridge Castle, deep in the Cumbrian countryside. Hector Hayton, once something of a fixture on the society circuit of London, has recently purchased the castle and transformed it into ‘England’s first and only bona fide haunted hotel’. Guests can enjoy a range of ghoulish activities, from séances with a local medium to tours of the forest bordering the castle, where newly-discovered graves suggest that it is the final resting place of countless women persecuted in the witch trials. During a game of murder-in-the-dark, however, one of the guests is killed, and it becomes clear that Maybridge Castle lives up to its haunted reputation.

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A harmless game of Murder in the Dark? Or an invitation to die for?

The brand new, festive murder mystery for 2023 from ‘modern rival to Agatha Christie’ Ada Moncrieff

It’s Christmas 1936 and an eclectic list of guests and staff have gathered for the grand reopening of Maybridge castle, a newly renovated yet still crumbling hotel deep in the Cumbrian countryside.

Amongst them are a doctor and his new wife, tarot readers, a journalist, an elderly amateur sleuth and her cat. By the time the first sherries have been drunk a person will be dead. An innocent game of murder-in-the-dark turns into a real game of life and death. Someone has changed the rules…but who?

Readers love Ada Moncrieff:

‘An absolute delight of a book’

‘Compelling and engaging Christmas historical crime’

‘Her prose remind me of the brilliant PG Wodehouse’

‘A cosy mystery with the added charm of a Christmas setting. What more could a reader want’

‘Beautifully written, funny and gripping. Can’t wait to see what Moncrieff comes up with next.’

‘The ending reminded me of Poirot getting all his suspects together in one room and finally revealing the
murderer. Loved it !’

‘I absolutely loved this! A fantastic, fun Christmas read full of mystery and intrigue. The writing is fantastically well
done. Highly recommend!’

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Additional information

Weight 0.213 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm






vi, 297




Paperback original


823.92 (edition:23)


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