You are Invited to a Dinner with Jesus of Nazareth
Family dysfunction and intrigue surround the sudden death of young Jada Green, a vibrant five-year-old girl anticipating her first day of school. Set in Seattle in the mid-eighties, the mystery begins when the young girl becomes sick during a family pizza night at a popular Italian restaurant and rapidly succumbs to a most bizarre malady. The doctors are baffled as to the girl's mysterious illness and demise, and her despondent parents and brother are left to grapple with their tragic loss while under a shroud of suspicion. A semi-retired Internist, Dr. Barton Ivey, is asked to make sense of the girl's unexplained illness by the Emergency Room physician, and he finds detective work brings some excitement and drama to his otherwise mundane retired life. When his investigation points to foul play, he brings his case to Seattle Police Detectives Warren Brand and Laura Drill. Together, they unravel the mystery which involves various witnesses and multiple suspects: suspicious parents, Jada's overprotected brother, a resentful aunt, oblivious restaurant customers and staff, a blind man and his guide dog, as well as the otherworldly mystic, Madame Zarkov.
A fascinating memoir of life as a lady's maid in a big house in the 1930s, covering the beauty of the house, the housing of royals escaping the Nazis, the hard work of staff, and the experience of joining the army to serve a Countess
Hilda Newman was a maid to Lady Coventry at the Worcestershire stately home of Croome Court in the 1930s. In her fascinating memoir of life below the stairs (as well as glimpses from inside the big house), she reveals what it was like living and working in the 18th Century Neo-Palladian mansion surrounded by parkland landscaped by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. During World War II Croome Court housed the exiled Dutch Royal Family, who escaped the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. It was also the top-secret RAF base Defford, where radar was developed and repairs were carried out on aircraft fighting in the Battle of Britain. Hilda remembers life both upstairs and down, from the grand long gallery designed by Robert Adam and the tapestry room (since removed and transferred to the Metropolitan Museum in New York), to the hard labor demanded of serving staff and what it was like in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the women's branch of the British Army, which she joined to serve the Countess in 1940.
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