A SPIDER ON THE STAIRS
This charming mystery is set in Yorkshire at Christmas. It reunites Scotland Yard detective Jack Gibbons and his friend, the very upper-crust Phillip Bethancourt. The writing is well-done with beautiful descriptions and fine humor. There are clues to appreciate and deductions to be made. However, the true sparkle of this book is the way it evokes the Golden Age of country-house mysteries. Readers will find it hard to remember they are reading a contemporary setting and will fall happily into the warm (well, chilly —heating being what it was then) embrace of a country home.