Penguin Putnam A group of local businessmen, the Pillars of Sussex, has descended upon the Hopwicke Country House Hotel, where Jude is waitressing as a favor to her friend. But when a man interested in joining the Pillars is found dead, Jude suspects foul play, and drafts Carole into conducting their own investigation, one that's sure to topple a few Pillars...
Baker & Taylor While waitressing at the Hopwicke Country House Hotel as a favor for a friend, Jude becomes involved in murder when a member of the Pillars of Sussex, a group of local businessmen, is found dead and Jude suspects foul play.
Blackwell North Amer The Hopwickle Country House Hotel once boasted to a clientele of the rich and famous. But hard times call for hard measures, so owner Suzy Longthorne throws open her doors to welcome the Pillars of Sussex - an elitist group of local businessmen whose social gatherings revolve around drinking and off-color commentary. Short staffed, Suzy recruits Jude as a waitress to help keep the spirits flowing. But the next morning, Jude discovers that one spirit has flown away for good, when she finds the body of a young man - supposedly an initiate for Pillar membership - hanging from the beam of a four-poster bed. The police are quick to rule the death a suicide. The Pillars of Sussex deny that the victim was ever considered for membership. Suzy just wants to forget the incident ever happened. But Jude knows that both parties have something to hide - so she enlists a reluctant Carole to nurture her relationship with a flirtatious Pillar in the hope that they'll topple him over and uncover the truth.
Baker & Taylor While waitressing at the Hopwicke Country House Hotel as a favor for a friend, Jude once again becomes involved in murder when a member of the Pillars of Sussex, a group of local businessmen, is found dead, and Jude, suspecting foul play, enlists Carole Seddon's assistance to launch their own investigation.