Murder on a Midnight Clear by Sara Rosett is a novel in the High Society Lady Detective series, which follows Olive and Jasper, two romantically involved detectives but differ in their approach to their work. In this particular installment, they find themselves in a snowbound country mansion during the holidays where an eclectic group of people has gathered to celebrate Christmas.
As they investigate the disappearance of the butler, they uncover a web of secrets and hidden motives that could lead them to the culprit. Additionally, Olive shadows Jasper to learn more about his mysterious disappearances, which adds another layer of complexity to the story.
The guests at the Holly Hill Lodge include a lawn tennis champion, a snowflake scientist, a persuasive luggage salesman, a lady explorer, and an eccentric aunt who enjoys cocktails. With each character having their own quirks and motivations, it’s challenging for Olive and Jasper to determine who among them could be responsible for the crime.
The novel is set in the 1920s, and the author does an excellent job of immersing the reader in the time period. From the carols and Yule log to the plum pudding, the book’s atmosphere is festive and cozy, but the murder mystery adds an element of suspense to keep readers engaged.
Murder on a Midnight Clear is an enjoyable read that combines historical fiction, mystery, and romance. The book is suitable for fans of the genre and those looking for a light and entertaining holiday read.