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On his retirement, George Ainstey had moved to Ellstream, hoping to escape from the tensions of London life. His only neighbors were Lady Charlotte Merrion, who lived in the mansion on the site of an 18th-century ruin, and her daughter-in-law, Antonia Merrion, whose land adjoined Mr. Ainstey’s. 

But even in backwaters there is occasional turbulence. With the arrival of Lady Charlotte’s guests and Mrs. Merrion’s son and brother-in-law, undercurrents long dormant were brought to the surface, and the quiet hillside overlooking the country town was to become the focus for mystery, family rivalry, and romance.

©1976, 2018 Elizabeth Cadell (P)2021 The Heirs of Elizabeth Cadell

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Thanks for Another Cadell Deliight!

This book is filled with many of the elements that I have loved in E Cadell's books - mystery, romance rustic villages, posh country homes, boarding school, and all the great characters. don't miss it!

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Perfect narrator for a perfect story

If you're an Elizabeth Cadell fan, then you already know that she writes light mystery romance. She does it effortlessly and charmingly. It's not the male/female leads that usually steal the show: it's the secondary "character" characters. In this one, it's the stepdad, the grandmother, and the uncle. Oh, and Yolanda, who has one of the most memorable scenes in the Cadell canon. Cadell also makes use of her upbringing in India in the plot.

But the narrator is the one who really burnishes this book. Pike appears to be a new reader on the scene, and it's really nice to have a male narrator for this book. His voices are well-differentiated, none are screechy or shrill, and his female voices are well done. He's excellent at the male characters, particularly love-worn-and-torn Paul and the schoolmaster.

I hope he does more. Cadell is always enjoyable, and a good reader makes her better.

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Another great vintage Elizabeth Cadell with romance and mystery.

Published in 1976, Game in Diamonds holds up well today, as do all of her wonderful books.
My favorite part is where Yolanda gives her performance in the school swimming pool: “Nobody who was ever present at the school indoor swimming bath ever forgot the occasion.”
I'm so pleased to see the Audible versions of all her books being published. It adds an extra dimension to them. It’s a very delightful read and is well narrated by Will Peck.

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