A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It's the Cold War era, and two important intelligence agents have just been unmasked as spies working for the Soviet Union. Hugo Hawksworth is sent to Selchester ostensibly to work as a statistician at The Hall. He is in reality part of English intelligence and has been charged with reviewing personnel files in an attempt to identify possible additional traitors. He and his teenaged sister Georgia are lodged at the Selchester Castle. Its owner, Lord Selchester mysteriously disappeared almost seven years previously, and the only family now living there is his niece Freya. When Selchester's skeleton is unearthed in an unused part of the castle, Freya and the now-deceased son of Selchester are the prime suspects. Hugo who also holds a brief to monitor the investigation into Selchester's murder is convinced that Freya and her cousin are innocent. As the truth is uncovered, long-held family secrets are revealed.
I enjoyed this first entree in this new-to-me series. I liked the characters, especially Hugo's sister Freya. I also like the way the plot was resolved, with just enough hints for continuation.
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