Lily and Robert Brewster are poor, penniless orphans who were once members of high society. The Crash of Wall street in 1929 led their Father to commit suicide, because he had lost the family money. Poor and penniless, with no skills, Lily & Robert are left to fend for their own. Lucky for them they inherited their uncle's estate, Grace & Favor mansion. The only catch is they have to live in the house for 10 years, and the money from the estate is handed out by a miserly manager. They must also find a way to make money.
After two short months the Brewsters are already bored, so they decide to try to make some money by inviting famous people to their mansion, and then inviting some of their old friends over to meet the celebrity, for a small fee, of course. The celebrity they snag is none other than reclusive author Julian West.
The guests and Julian arrive and mayhem ensues when the most despised guest Mrs. Etheridge, a rather rich society woman, who knew Julian in the past, is found dead the first morning.
It is up to Lily & Robert to help find out who killed Mrs. Etheridge before the guests leave in three days.
This report prepared by Abby White
This is the second book in Jill Churchill's Grace and Favor (mansion) series. Lily and Robert Brewster, sister-and-brother former socialites, now live in Grace and Favor Cottage--which is really a mansion--they inherited from their Great-uncle Horatio. They have to take in paying guests or boarders in order to earn money for things other than house upkeep and household expenses, so they chose to try a house party. They invited celebrities, one of which took them up on their offer and wouldn't be a paying guest, and asked rich folks who wanted to spend a week hobnobbing with the celebrity to be the paying guests. One guest turned up dead and one turned up missing later on in the story. Lily and Robert helped solve the crime again.
This report prepared by Ann