In Victorian England, Grandmama Mariah Ellison, chronically cranky
and miserable, must stay with the mother of Charlotte Pitt (of the
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series), Caroline
Fielding, and her younger actor-husband, Joshua, for the holidays.
Since Grandmama's daughter and son-in-law are off to France, she is
disgruntled at being shuffled off to chilly, windswept, and rustic
Romney Marshes. How dare her daughter treat her this way! She
prepares to be bored out of her mind.
Grandmama's boredom lasts only a few days. A new visitor, Maude
Barrington, arrives; she is a distant relative of Joshua's, and her