Historical fiction, Mystery

Murder at Mallowan Hall by Colleen Cambridge

I think this book suffers from the first book syndrome of a mystery series. I begin in this fashion because one of the hangups of this book which stuck out to me from the very beginning was the over explanations.
The story is based in the home of Agatha Christie, now happily married to Max Mallowan. Her head housekeeper, our lead protagonist and (maybe)amateur sleuth, is a Phyllida Bright. She is a woman with a mysterious past, made even more evident by the numerous mentions of how much we yet do not know about her. I may sound a little too annoyed, but this is something I have encountered before and developed a tolerance for it. Thankfully, the author follows up by showing us all the ways that she lives up to the secret skills she may be holding on to.
There is a murder of an unexpected guest in the house, and everyone is a suspect.
The investigation is done thoroughly by our leading lady, with Phyllida losing faith in the detective in charge quite early on. She details her entire thought process to the readers and keeps us in the loop. I liked the overall book mostly because the plot felt plausible, and the mystery at the heart of the story was satisfying.
I would make up my mind about continuing with this series based on how the next one turns out to be.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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