WWII is in full swing, the Yanks have arrived in Britain, and Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton, lady of Manor House, is determined that life will continue as always. She makes her presence known in the village, and the residents follow her lead in remaining cheerful and optimistic.

When 16-year-old Beryl Pierce is reported missing, Lady Elizabeth tells Beryls mother Winnie to keep her chin up. Unfortunately, Beryls broken body is found on the beach and there is evidence that a Yank may have been the culprit.

Lady Elizabeth reassures Winnie that although the police are on top of things, she will take a hand in the investigation. Complicating matters is the arrival of American Major Earl Monroe, who announces he and his troops are to be billeted at Manor House. Sparks fly between the Major and the Lady but before long, Elizabeth is using Earls help in crime solvingand she begins to think that Americans might actually be her cup of tea after all.

A BICYCLE BUILT FOR MURDER is a trip back to the darkly romantic days of WWII. The storyline is absorbing, the mystery puzzling, and the developing relationship between Earl and Elizabeth sparkles. This is the first in a planned series, and we cant wait for the next Manor House mystery! (Feb., 224 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg