Synopsis according to Goodreads:
“It is the last day of April in 1912, and the country estate of Sterne is humming with preparations for an intimate dinner party. Today Emerald Torrington turns 20. The members of the household – and their guests, now en route – have no idea that over the course of this single day and night, all their lives will be turned upside down, for better or for worse.“
The Uninvited Guests was a delightfully surprising read. It’s set in Edwardian England, amid a family whose finances are in dire straits. Each member of this ensemble is fully fleshed out, both utterly believable and beautifully flawed. I wasn’t sure what to make of it, at first, but I think I can solidly say it’s an historical fiction.
It’s also, of course, a gothic mystery. I found myself very fond of Emerald, Florence, and Smudge. It was a relatively quick read, and fun. Fans of Downton Abbey will like it, I think- it isn’t all upstairs vs downstairs (although there is some of that), but it’s humorous in language, involves a heavy dose of magical realism, and there’s some intrigue.