The Labours of Mrs Stella Ryman: Further Fairmount Manor Mysteries (digital)

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When the machineries of institution fail to protect Fairmount Manor, octogenarian amateur sleuth Mrs Stella Ryman rolls up her fleece jacket sleeves to ferret out  a thief, investigate a gun-toting resident, set right a mishandled investigation of a man’s death, pursue spectres and footpads walking at midnight, and discover Thelma Hu’s long-lost fortune. Book 2 of the Fairmount Manor Mysteries by Mel Anastasiou.

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The Labours of Mrs Stella Ryman:  Further Fairmount Manor Mysteries

“Replete with packet chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese, Stella Ryman paused just outside Fairmount Manor’s dining room, where she used the sleeve of her fleece warm-up suit to wipe the condensation from the streaked and fog-edged windows along the corridor.  Fleece on wet glass wasn’t much good. Nevertheless, as she scrubbed, the windows bloomed with early afternoon sunshine. There was so much springtime glory outside Fairmount, and there was so much gloom inside, that she didn’t want to add to it.  But she had lately developed a detective’s lynx-eyed perspective.  All her sleuthing to date ought to have brought peace and justice to Fairmount’s staff and residents, but she couldn’t deny that trouble had resurfaced at Fairmount Manor.”

When the machineries of institution fail to protect Fairmount Manor, octogenarian amateur sleuth Mrs Stella Ryman rolls up her fleece jacket sleeves to ferret out  a thief, investigate a gun-toting resident, set right a mishandled investigation of a man’s death, pursue spectres and footpads walking at midnight, and discover Thelma Hu’s long-lost fortune.  No good deed goes unpunished, though, and Stella will face struggles, mysteries, and sacrifices that hit her where she lives.

Mrs Stella Ryman is a fish out of water, a stranger in a strange land — an amateur sleuth, trapped in a down-at-heel care home.  You’d be cranky, too.

RECOGNITION AND READER REVIEWS FOR STELLA RYMAN:

Longlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour in Literature, and winner of a Literary Titan Gold Medal, Mel Anastasiou’s Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries continues to be a reader favourite.  As one fan wrote, “You know a story’s good when you keep finding yourself laughing out loud.”  Others wrote,

“witty and endearing”

“beautifully written with humour, grace, and suspense.”

“Stella Ryman is my new hero!”

2 reviews for The Labours of Mrs Stella Ryman: Further Fairmount Manor Mysteries (digital)

  1. Jane Kuipers

    This was my first encounter with Stella Ryman and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her adventures. The book was an easy read and although I had not read the previous publications I could visualize Stella, her surroundings and the other characters in her life. Although each of the chapters could stand alone, reading them in book form gave me a slight confusion about the chapter endings. There was one (The Thief Named Edge) that ended but didn’t seem to end before the next chapter started. Perhaps in my mind I needed a clearer transition into The Case of the Fallen Crusader, rather than the feeling that it was a completely new story and not connected. I was also a bit confused about how and when Edge and Derek ended up living at Fairmount (maybe from an earlier boook?). The descriptions of Stella’s life and the atmosphere of being in a care home really made me think about aging and what it could be like. A relative is living with me who is about Stella’s age and I could see her having a struggle with an atmosphere of limited freedoms, limited involvement and no real control over anything. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book!

  2. Sue Baldwin

    Really appreciate the opportunity to read this book. I genuine ‘cozy’ of which i am very fond. Well written and gives a great view of life in a care home (without the mysteries I hope) well developed characters. Wish it had a little more background on all the main charcters but thats a minor gripe. The cover is darling and perfectly fits the book.

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