Stella Kendrick is an all-American heiress who can’t be tamed. But when the lively aspiring equine trainer tangles with British aristocracy, she meets her match—and a murderer . . .
Spring, 1905: Free-spirited like the Thoroughbreds she rides across the Kentucky countryside, Stella takes adventure by the reins when she’s asked to attend a mysterious wedding in rural England. But once she arrives at the lush Morrington Hall estate, her cold and ambitious father confesses that he won’t only give away his best racehorses as gifts—he has also arranged to give away his daughter as bride to the Earl of Atherly’s financially strapped son . . .
Stella refuses to be sold off like a prized pony. Yet despite a rough start, there’s something intriguing about her groom-to-be, the roguish Viscount “Lyndy” Lyndhurst. The unlikely pair could actually be on the right track with each other . . . until they find the vicar who was to marry them dead in the library.
With culture clashes mounting between families, a scandalous murder case hangs over Morrington Hall. Now, Stella and Lyndy must go from future spouses to amateur sleuths as they team up to search for the truth—and prevent an unbridled criminal from destroying their new life together right out of the gate . . .
About the Author
Clara McKenna has a B.A. in Biology from Wells College and a M.L.I.S in Library and Information Studies from McGill University. She is the founding member of Sleuths in Time, a cooperative group of historical mystery writers who encourage and promote each other’s work. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
Advance praise for Murder at Morrington Hall “You will love this delightful debut novel to what promises to be a winning series. An unlikely duo, Stella and Lyndy make a great team, both as sleuths and in life, and I can’t wait to see them again. I couldn’t put it down!” —Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder on Trinity Place
“Witty from the start, Clara McKenna has crafted a clever mystery. A pair of wickedly winning sleuths—one horse-loving, headstrong American heiress and the handsome Viscount she’s meant to marry—makes for fabulous fun.” —Nancy Herriman, author of the Bess Ellyott mysteries
“With her unconventional, contrary ways, American heiress Stella lays siege to every notion of decorum held dear by her soon-to-be British in-laws, but she and their elegant son Lyndy find more in common than either thought possible. Together, Stella and Lyndy make a delicious pair. They’ll win your hearts as they win each other’s in this charming, clever mystery!” —Alyssa Maxwell, author of Murder at Crossways
“It will take more than an arranged marriage and a murder to thwart Stella Kendrick in this compelling mystery filled with twists and turns, intriguing characters, and rich historical detail. I fell in love with the clever and spirited Stella and her charming fiancé Lyndy as they navigate the perils posed by both romance and intrigue; I cannot wait to see what the future holds for them!” —Ashley Weaver, author of An Act of Villainy
“Murder at Morrington Hall gallops along with horses, murder, an arranged marriage, and intrigues in a grand English house. It’s a fast-paced, perfect afternoon’s read. I’m looking forward to the next one.” —Radha Vatsal, author of Murder Between the Lines