Berkley Feb 2002, 6.99, 203 pp.
During the World War II years, life is not easy for Lady Elizabeth, born and bred in the Manor House. Her ex-husband absconded with her money and Lady Elizabeth, who feels she must be an example of distinguished living to the entire village, is near bankruptcy. She hides her financial affairs from the villagers and does her best to act as Lady Bountiful.
One night the church bells ring, signifying a German invasion. When the villagers arrive they find an officer hanging from the rafters where the bells are located. Nobody knows how he got up there but the mystery is compounded when another air force officer is found dead. Lady Elizabeth's secretary knows the man accused of the murder is innocent and begs her mistress to clear his name. The lady of the manor starts investigating in earnest and puts herself in danger because somebody doesn't want her to find out the truth.
Kale Kingsbury does a wonderful job at showing the mixed feelings Englishmen have about Americans on their soil during World War II. Readers also get a glimpse into village life during the war years and the action that people take to circumvent the food rationing. FOR WHOM DEATH TOLLS is a fascinating mid twentieth century mystery.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner