Iris Woodmore Mysteries features Iris Woodmore, a reporter at Walden Herald, and her sleuthing adventures. Unlike other women/Iris’ counterparts of that era, Iris is modern, prefers trousers over skirts, and wears her hair in a short bob.
Iris Woodmore Mysteries by Michelle Salter
Series in Order
- #1: Death at Crookham Hall
- #2: Murder at Waldenmere Lake
- #3: The Body at Carnival Bridge
- #4: A Killing at Smugglers Cove
Series in Order
#1: Death at Crookham Hall
London, 1920: For the first time, two women are competing against each other to become an MP. Iris Woodmore has a big story on her hands when she accompanies one of the candidates to the House of Commons. The House of Commons is also a place that brings back painful memories – Iris’s mother died when she fell into River Thames during a Suffragette protest. Then, a waterman near the Big Ben tells Iris that her mother didn’t fall – she jumped.
Iris discovers that the suffragette with her mother that fateful day has been missing for six years, mysteriously disappearing just after the protest. Desperate to know about the truth of her mother’s death, Iris starts to investigate, and it leads her to Crookham Hall.
#2: Murder at Waldenmere Lake
Walden, 1921: Local reporter Iris Woodmore is determined to save her beloved lake, Waldenmere, from destruction.
The war might be over but there’s a fight going on closer to home. Walden Council and the British Railways are arguing about the Railways’ plan to build a lakeside hotel near Walden Lake. But the estate belongs to General Cheverton and he’s not ready to give up yet.
Conveniently, that same evening, the General is found murdered in his home. It appears that someone will stop at nothing to win the fight for Waldenmere. Iris starts to investigate but she has no idea that a terrible tragedy is going to change her life for good.
Read my review of Murder at Waldenmere Lake by Michelle Salter
#3: The Body at Carnival Bridge
It’s 1922, and after spending a year travelling through Europe, Iris Woodmore returns home to find a changed Walden.
A wealthy businesswoman has introduced equal pay for men and women in her factories. Not just that, women are allowed to work/retain their jobs after they marry.
Many men who came back from the war remain jobless and are angry at Constance’s decision. Constance’s life is threatened and one of her female employees is found murdered.
Read my review of The Body at Carnival Bridge by Michelle Salter
#4: A Killing at Smugglers Cove
July 1923 – Iris Woodmore travels to Devon with her friends Percy Baverstock and Millicent Nightingale for her father’s wedding to Katherine Keats.
Millicent uncovers skeletal remains hidden in the private beach of Katherine’s former home. Iris begins to suspect that her future stepmother isn’t who she seems to be.
The remains are that of a smuggle who went missing in 1918. When another murder occurs, Iris and friends believe there’s a killer in their midst. What’s the link between both murders and Katherine? Could Iris’s father be in danger?
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