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Alyssa Maxwell’s recent piece for http://CrimeReads.com attracted my attention. Whether you’re interested in tea, collectible porcelain, or Maxwell’s A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mysteries, you might want to read “The Delicate Art of the English Tea Set: A Historical Mystery Writer’s Appreciation”. You can find it here. http://bit.ly/3j9N2OA

You can find Maxwell’s books, including the latest in her A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery series, A Sinister Service, in the Web Store. https://bit.ly/2Y0vOcV

In the Alyssa Maxwell’s sixth delightful A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery set after World War I, a trip to Staffordshire for Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, leads to murder in a famed pottery works…

Following the devastation of the Great War, England’s noble class takes comfort in honoring tradition. To celebrate their grandparents’ wedding anniversary, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her siblings travel to Staffordshire to commission a china service bearing the Wroxly coat of arms from the venerated Crown Lily Potteries, a favorite of Queen Mary.

The two leading designers at the illustrious china manufacturer offer competing patterns. But when one of them is found dead–his body crushed in a grinding pan and his design pattern book missing–his rival is immediately suspected. The police are also suspicious of the dead designer’s resentful young son, a schoolmate of Phoebe’s fifteen-year-old brother Fox. When Fox gets involved to help his friend, Phoebe begins to investigate the rival artist.

At the same time, Eva is enlisted to go undercover at the works so she can gain the confidence of the female employees, who are only allowed to paint, not design, which may have led to a grudge against the victim. Pursuing a killer who has no compunction about using a kiln as a coffin, Phoebe and Eva take their lives into their hands to discover the shattering truth…


Alyssa Maxwell knew from an early age that she wanted to be a novelist. Growing up in New England and traveling to Great Britain fueled a passion for history, while a love of puzzles of all kinds drew her to the mystery genre. She and her husband reside in Florida, where she loves to watch BBC productions, sip tea in the afternoons, and delve into the past. You can learn more about Alyssa and her books at www.alyssamaxwell.com.