Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and
all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a
week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a
local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his
beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady
Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.
Armed with wit and whimsy, not to mention Florence’s mean
right hook, the pair set out to discover what really
happened and why. Was it poison or just ill luck?
As they delve further into their investigation, they
encounter a theft where nothing is stolen, a séance with a
troubled ghost and an ever-increasing number of Spencer’s
family and friends who might just have motive for murder.
One thing’s for sure: Lady Hardcastle has a mystery on her
Revised edition: Previously published as The Spirit is
Willing, this edition of In The Market For Murder
includes editorial revisions.