Ann Granger: Murder Among Us (UK 1993)
From the Publisher:
When ambitious hotelier Eric Schuhmacher announces he is to turn Springwood Hall, near the market town of Bamford, into a smart Cotswold country house hotel, the news is greeted by a chorus of local disapproval. The Society for the Preservation of Historic Bamford, led by the redoubtable Hope Marple, objects to the alterations being carried out on the building: the Esquire Rest Home fears that its aged animals will be evicted from the field lent to them by the Hall estate; and the spurning of the expert gastronomic services of Chief Inspector Markby's brother-in-law Paul Danby in favour of those of a London food pundit provokes outrage in the Danby household. So the gala opening, to which all the disaffected parties have been invited, promises to be quite an event - not least because the amply upholstered Hope Marple is unilaterally planning a disruptive streak protest. But Hope's lightning dash is unexpectedly upstaged by a far more shocking event: the discovery of a recently murdered body on the premises. The victim is a local woman, and for Chief Inspector Markby and his guest Meredith Mitchell what had promised to be a diverting summer treat suddenly turns into a horribly serious affair...
Ann Granger: Murder Among Us. Headline, ISBN: 0747240434 (June, 1993), 344 p., £6.99.