In Under the Guise of Night, the first Lady Bantham is burned to death in an auto accident allegedly on her way to an assignation with her lover. Three years later, the new Lady Bantham is haunted by a figure that looks suspiciously like the other Lady Bantham. Former Scotland Yard detective Jasper is on hand at a masquerade in Venice when the first Lady Bentham is found murdered three years after she is declared dead in the auto accident by him. Where has she been? Who murdered her? And why? What does this mean for the legality of the second Lady Bentham’s marriage to Lord Bentham?
Under the Guise of Night effectively sets the mood just like a real Agatha Christie tale. There is a large suspect pool with individual clues spread about to eliminate them one by one. The twisty reveal during a confrontation in the ballroom was the perfect final touch. 4.5 stars!
Thanks to Canelo Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.