Like all of England, the village of Sitting Marsh is feeling the strains of the war, made worse because of the tension between the locals and the Yanks billeted there. The night the church bells toll, a united front is presented, for tolling bells are the signal that the invasion of Britain has begun. It's soon discovered that there's no invasion going on-once more murder has reared its ugly head when an American soldier is found slain.

When suspicion falls on a local, tensions rise to the breaking point. The lady of the manor, Elizabeth Hartleigh, is determined to get to the bottom of things. With the help of the handsome and maddening American Officer Earl Monroe, she investigates.

The pair soon learns that the British and Americans alike despised the dead man and there is no shortage of suspects. They also uncover a nefarious plot that could undermine the local economy. As the pair continues their search for the truth, they realize that there will be repercussions-not only from the crime, but from spending so much time together.

The mystery in FOR WHOM DEATH TOLLS is a traditional one, nicely embellished by the background of wartime England, as well as the growing feelings between Elizabeth and Earl. (Feb., 208 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg