I really enjoyed this book, and felt as though I was on a virtual tour of England. I really enjoyed that! I enjoyed the sites and tours and shopping, the rolling green hills, the busy city and the country. It was a fun "vacation" in England.
This book is a cozy mystery. To me, it was fun and enjoyable, and I couldn't believe the low ratings it received. It is "cozy", it is not a hard-boiled mystery, and I know cozies aren't for everyone. But cozies are for me, and I loved this book.
In this book, Lucy Stone goes on a college-sponsored trip to England (even though she is not a college student, she had other connections). Lucy's three closest friends, Sue, Pam, and Rachel go on the tour, along with some college students and their families, and a professor who is the guide. For Lucy and her 3 friends, the trip is a vacation. Each day they had trips and tours. I looked forward to each new day and each new tour. I loved it!
Lucy enjoyed the trip, but also couldn't wait to get back home to her husband and kids. I would have felt the same way. I "enjoyed" the trip, but at the same time, I knew I would also had loved getting back "home", as I love "home". When Lucy mentioned the rolling hills and green grass that made her glad that she took the trip even though she was homesick, it made me realize that my ancestors (many, many years ago) were at home right there where she was at, and if they hadn't of come over here, I would have been "right at home" at the time. But instead, I also couldn't wait to get back to what "home" is now. This book was special to me in a way, because I know it was actually "home" to my ancestors, and it could have been more than a "vacation" to me - it could have been "home".
Throughout all these fun adventures and sight-seeing, several interesting and vital pieces of information turn up. All the information and conversations fit together in the end like a jigsaw puzzle fitting together perfectly. At the time, the individual pieces might not seem important, but they are necessary in order to complete the puzzle. I love how the pieces all come together for the completion of the whole puzzle.
There was fun food and sights. The scones and tea, sandwiches, and everything else. I wonder if Ye Olde English Roast Beef is a real restaurant. I will look it up.
I enjoyed Lucy and her 3 friends. Her husband Bill and her children did not star in this book. They did not come on the England trip. Eldest daughter Elizabeth was only featured in emails. Lucy and her friends had a ball . . . except for the stress of worrying about husbands/kids back home, but not so much as to not enjoy the tour, and also the stress of murder and accidents . . .
There is something funny in the middle of page 209 (do not go there if you haven't read the book yet); it really made me chuckle. It was funny that somebody asked Lucy that question. The only thing that would have been funnier, is if Elizabeth had been asked that same question. Now that would have been the joke of the century.
I've heard people complain that Lucy doesn't usually do much "investigating", that clues and solutions usually just fall in her lap on a silver platter. I don't have a problem with that - in fact, that is one thing that I like so much about this series. It cuts down on the hard-core investigating and focuses more on the cozy situations. Remember, this is a soft cozy mystery series, which I mentioned earlier is not for everyone, but it is for me. Just warning you, in case you are looking for hard-core mysteries.
I loved this book!