Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton is an impoverished aristocrat trying to run her manor house in the small village of Sitting Marsh in WWII England. Her parents are dead and her ex-husband has squandered her considerable fortune. Although she flits around the countryside on her motorcycle, she is still a proper English lady, a bit of a snob in fact, but a charming one.

The war has had its effects on the small town, including the presence of the American airmen who are billeted at Lady Elizabeth's Manor House.

When the badly beaten body of an itinerant coal hauler is found buried in her Victory Garden, Elizabeth believes it is her duty to investigate the crime. Adding to Lady Elizabeth's problems is her growing attraction to Major Earl Monroe, a married American airman living in the manor.

There is a definite sense of place and a good feel for the times in this novel. The characters are fully true to life, a little eccentric in some cases, but warm and interesting. Elizabeth is an intelligent woman doing her best to hold her part of the world together. (Dec., 199 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Lorraine Gelly