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A week-long house party in the country―why not? Lady Adelaide has nothing else to do, now that her year of mourning for her unfaithful husband is up, and her plans to rekindle her romantic life have backfired. But when her hostess is found dead on the conservatory floor, Addie knows just who to call―Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter of Scotland Yard. Dev may not want to k A week-long house party in the country―why not? Lady Adelaide has nothing else to do, now that her year of mourning for her unfaithful husband is up, and her plans to rekindle her romantic life have backfired. But when her hostess is found dead on the conservatory floor, Addie knows just who to call―Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter of Scotland Yard. Dev may not want to kiss Addie again, but he's anxious to solve the crime. Who would want to kill Pamela, the beautiful wife of one of Britain's greatest Great War heroes? Certainly not her devoted and wheelchair-bound husband, Sir Hugh Fernald. The other guests seem equally innocent and improbable. But despite all appearances, something is very wrong at Fernald Hall―there's a body buried in the garden, and the governess has fallen down the stairs to her death. Who's next? Addie and Dev must work together to stop another murder, and they have some help thanks to Rupert, Addie's late and unlamented husband. Rupert needs to make amends for his louche life on earth, and what better way to earn his celestial wings than catch a killer?


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A week-long house party in the country―why not? Lady Adelaide has nothing else to do, now that her year of mourning for her unfaithful husband is up, and her plans to rekindle her romantic life have backfired. But when her hostess is found dead on the conservatory floor, Addie knows just who to call―Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter of Scotland Yard. Dev may not want to k A week-long house party in the country―why not? Lady Adelaide has nothing else to do, now that her year of mourning for her unfaithful husband is up, and her plans to rekindle her romantic life have backfired. But when her hostess is found dead on the conservatory floor, Addie knows just who to call―Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter of Scotland Yard. Dev may not want to kiss Addie again, but he's anxious to solve the crime. Who would want to kill Pamela, the beautiful wife of one of Britain's greatest Great War heroes? Certainly not her devoted and wheelchair-bound husband, Sir Hugh Fernald. The other guests seem equally innocent and improbable. But despite all appearances, something is very wrong at Fernald Hall―there's a body buried in the garden, and the governess has fallen down the stairs to her death. Who's next? Addie and Dev must work together to stop another murder, and they have some help thanks to Rupert, Addie's late and unlamented husband. Rupert needs to make amends for his louche life on earth, and what better way to earn his celestial wings than catch a killer?

30 review for Just Make Believe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Dunnett

    I'm really enjoying this series and I was lucky enough to receive a copy from the author in advance of publication. Some familiar faces reappear, some of them among the suspects, when murder disrupts a country house party, and once again Lady Adelaide is assisted in her sleuthing by Dev Hunter, the handsome detective assigned to the case, and by her late husband, a ghost who keeps popping up at the most inconvenient times, albeit usually with useful clues to share. He can, after all, listen in u I'm really enjoying this series and I was lucky enough to receive a copy from the author in advance of publication. Some familiar faces reappear, some of them among the suspects, when murder disrupts a country house party, and once again Lady Adelaide is assisted in her sleuthing by Dev Hunter, the handsome detective assigned to the case, and by her late husband, a ghost who keeps popping up at the most inconvenient times, albeit usually with useful clues to share. He can, after all, listen in unseen and snoop without fear of being caught, both handy attributes when it comes to solving crimes. I'm already looking forward to the fourth entry in this series, due out in 2021.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Randi

    I enjoy these stories and the characters. I do wish Addie's character would move ahead with her romance with the Inspector, though and hope the author does not drag out the "will they or won't they" part of this series. Otherwise, this was a good read. I was a little surprised by the solution and liked the couple of red herrings. I'll be watching for the next installment.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nightwitch

    I was really saddened by how much this didn't work for me. I skipped the second book in the series but none of the interpersonal relationships had really advanced beyond that book - Addie and Dev are in the same holding pattern, Addie and Rupert ditto - and the pacing was... really awkward; we see Addie meet with Dev and then double back so we can have a few pages of her making the decision to meet with Dev, e.g. The mystery isn't so much solved as the book reaches the end. The villain Confesses I was really saddened by how much this didn't work for me. I skipped the second book in the series but none of the interpersonal relationships had really advanced beyond that book - Addie and Dev are in the same holding pattern, Addie and Rupert ditto - and the pacing was... really awkward; we see Addie meet with Dev and then double back so we can have a few pages of her making the decision to meet with Dev, e.g. The mystery isn't so much solved as the book reaches the end. The villain Confesses All at the end for no apparent reason. The 1920s references seem shoehorned in and there are occasionally grating Americanisms/modernisms. The first book was so great, but this one was just... more of the same, done less well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Homerun2

    This is a charming series set in post WWI England, featuring Lady Adelaide, a very bright widow who is decidedly not mourning her dead philandering husband -- and since he is still appearing (only to her) she finds him tremendously annoying. Funny and quite bantering. This time around Addie goes to the classic British house party weekend where the hostess winds up dead. Further investigation shows that she is not exactly the paragon everyone expected.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Just Make Believe is a lighthearted murder mystery with lots of laugh-out-loud moments interspersed with the more serious aspects of identifying the killer(s). Taking place in 1925, the narrative is true to the post-Great War era of the 'Bright Young Things,' the original "party animals. Addie and Dev make an unusual pair (with Rupert regularly throwing in his two-cents'-worth), working together to figure out who's behind the several mysterious murders. Of course, there are quite a few red herrin Just Make Believe is a lighthearted murder mystery with lots of laugh-out-loud moments interspersed with the more serious aspects of identifying the killer(s). Taking place in 1925, the narrative is true to the post-Great War era of the 'Bright Young Things,' the original "party animals. Addie and Dev make an unusual pair (with Rupert regularly throwing in his two-cents'-worth), working together to figure out who's behind the several mysterious murders. Of course, there are quite a few red herrings thrown in to confuse the reader. My one complaint is that the story seems to move along at an uneven pace . . . sometimes too slowly and sometimes it jumps ahead unexpectedly. Maggie Robinson has come up with a clever variation on the murder-mystery-detective trope.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Smitten

    Originally posted on Smitten by Books Review Blog 3.5 Stars Lady Adelaide (Addie) Compton was certainly not looking to be involved in another murder investigation, but… such is the way of the world, one does not always get to choose our best circumstance. With the current state of affairs, a house in unrest and an exuberant, meddling ghost for a late husband…mischief, murder and mayhem are sure to transpire. Just Make Believe by Maggie Robinson delivers an endless and entertaining murder-­‐mystery Originally posted on Smitten by Books Review Blog 3.5 Stars Lady Adelaide (Addie) Compton was certainly not looking to be involved in another murder investigation, but… such is the way of the world, one does not always get to choose our best circumstance. With the current state of affairs, a house in unrest and an exuberant, meddling ghost for a late husband…mischief, murder and mayhem are sure to transpire. Just Make Believe by Maggie Robinson delivers an endless and entertaining murder-­‐mystery that will leave you guessing until the last minute. Set in 1925, in South West England, a recently widowed Addie, finds herself accepting an invitation to a party at Fernald Hall, home of Lady Pamela and her husband, Sir Hugh Fernald. Troubled by her connection to her dead, yet haunting ghost of her late husband and a recent failed love attempt with a certain Detective Inspector, Addie sets off with resolve to have a splendid couple of days amongst acquaintances; old and new and perhaps… a bit of flirtatious fun. The festivities at Fernald Hall, start off with a horse ride through the beautiful grounds of the estate. Not the most enthusiastic rider and a bit out sorts on a horse, Addie takes a fall and conjures the unwanted reappearance of her late husband’s ghost. Laden with the task to protect Addie in order to ascend, Major Rupert Charles Cressleigh Compton, will once again aide Addie in the murder investigation soon to befall over Fernald Hall. Leading an ambitious investigation, Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter of Scotland Yard, knows he mustn’t be distracted by the presence of Lady Adelaide. It’s been three months since that memorable kiss and one he won’t permit himself to repeat. Besides, with the number of guests and the household staff, the list of suspects is sure to entail all of his efforts. An assortment of reserved and unforthcoming characters lends to an extensive (long) plot filled with complicated developments in the investigation. I was highly entertained by the amusing Rupert and his jocular relationship with Addie, much to her objection and disapproval of his presence. I enjoyed reading the dialogue of the time period and the customs the characters still practiced were interesting. The relationship between the composed, Detective Inspector Devenand and Addie’s intemperate thoughts make for an anticipated narrative. Overall, the story was good, if a bit long. When murder-­‐mystery is the theme, how many murders in one storyline are too many? Personally, I’d like to enjoy a cup of tea with the spirited, Rupert. ~ Patricia

  7. 5 out of 5

    Delsora Lowe

    Once Again Lady Adelaide finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. And who does she call? The handsome Scotland Yard detective. The romantic undertones are laced throughout the book to add a bit of delight to the gruesome work of ferreting out a killer. And Lady Adelaide is not about to sit this one out, even though she knows she needs to stay far away from the Detective Inspector. She wills herself to distance from the detective and that means no helping solve the mystery. But anyo Once Again Lady Adelaide finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. And who does she call? The handsome Scotland Yard detective. The romantic undertones are laced throughout the book to add a bit of delight to the gruesome work of ferreting out a killer. And Lady Adelaide is not about to sit this one out, even though she knows she needs to stay far away from the Detective Inspector. She wills herself to distance from the detective and that means no helping solve the mystery. But anyone who has read the first two books knows neither are possible. Add in the delightful but annoying dead husband who shows up at the most inopportune times to “help” and “protect” Lady Adelaide, and you have a cozy mystery that will test the reader in so many ways—red herrings, more bodies, numerous suspects, unrequited crush, and a bothersome, but loveable ghost, make this a book that is hard to put down until the very end. Oh wait, not only hard to put down, but now extremely hard to wait for book four, because trouble is afoot. I suspect we will see more of the handsome detective, to give Lady Adelaide one more chance to decide if he is the man for her. And will poor Rupert, the philandering and now “dearly departed” husband, finally get a chance to earn his wings? I was given an Advanced Reader Copy of this book for an honest and voluntary review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Addie is at a house party when her somewhat-less-gone-than-he-should-be husband, Rupert, appears. Luckily it is just as she's being thrown by a horse. Unluckily, it's because there is trouble heading her way. The host and hostess, Hugh and Pamela, have a decent marriage, but his lungs were damaged in the war and he has a bullet lodged in his spine. Small wonder, then, that there are rumors flying about his wife having an affair with a much older man, a landscape designer, Simon Davies. Also prese Addie is at a house party when her somewhat-less-gone-than-he-should-be husband, Rupert, appears. Luckily it is just as she's being thrown by a horse. Unluckily, it's because there is trouble heading her way. The host and hostess, Hugh and Pamela, have a decent marriage, but his lungs were damaged in the war and he has a bullet lodged in his spine. Small wonder, then, that there are rumors flying about his wife having an affair with a much older man, a landscape designer, Simon Davies. Also present are three of Hugh's friends from the war and some young ladies. Rupert's prediction comes true and there is a death, the lady of the house, Pamela. But then another body, that of a young soldier turns up in the garden. The whole thing ends up being very convoluted but still a good story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Ladensack

    Love this series but this one had perhaps a bit less sparkle than the first two. I think the pacing was a bit slow—although I think the device is clever, there’s even a bit too much of Rupert and the rehashing of how much of a cad he was, etc etc. Addy keeps saying in this book that she needs a purpose, and I rather agree—she and Dev and Rupert all need to evolve (and hope the author doesn’t drag out keeping Addy and Dev apart).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Larry Plemmons

    This was a great book! My ONLY problem with it is that the author did not offer the hardback, but I am certain she had her reasons! The characters were flawless, strong, and believable. The plot was easy to follow, although twisted as any good plot should be. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and recommend it to anyone who likes this sort of fiction.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura Edwards

    I loved this book. "Just Make Believe" was as good as the first two books in the series. I like all three of our main characters: Addie, Dev and Rupert. Addie is a very believable character. A good gathering of suspects, too. The ending also leads me to believe there will be a book four. Yay! And I think we'll be seeing more of Addie's mother and Cee in the next book, too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    RTC

  13. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Another fun addition to the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Owen

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    3.5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vani

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joan Happel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

  19. 4 out of 5

    kathleen gray

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Stephenson

  21. 5 out of 5

    Faye

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Lauzon

  24. 5 out of 5

    George T. Siler

  25. 5 out of 5

    gloria maras

  26. 4 out of 5

    David G. Hulan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Peniford

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richard Mortimer

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  30. 5 out of 5

    Albert Rich

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