Dowager Countess of Norrance
(Lady Honora appears in Murder, She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood, coming out next month. Blue Blood is number 42 in the "Murder, She Wrote" Series.)
It is my understanding that the writer my son invited to our New Year's Eve ball--one Jessica Fletcher--has been spreading ugly rumors about our family. I won't have it! We cannot be held responsible simply because some foolish woman got herself locked in our walled garden on a cold day. And wouldn't you know that writer was the one to discover her body. I am not certain why Mrs. Fletcher was so put out. If I give her the benefit of the doubt, she may have been swayed by George Sutherland, that Scotland Yard inspector she brought along as an escort. Be that as it may, she made such a fuss, the local constabulary were called in. If our butler Nigel had found the unfortunate person first, I daresay no one would have been the wiser, at least not until after the ball. Castorbrook has a name to maintain, after all.
|Actress Maggie Smith as Lady Violet in "Downton Abbey."|
Some people have compared me to her, but she lived in different,
dare I say better, times.
Mrs. Fletcher's greatly exaggerated tale about our family is being published October 7th. Kindly remember she is a writer and those people tend to see things from their distinctly middle class point of view. Such drama! We've had our misfortunes, it's true, but we will survive as we have for centuries. A hundred years from now whoever are the Earl and Countess of Norrance will still be presiding over Castorbrook Castle, you can be sure.
If you are still interested in Mrs. Fletcher's vision of Castorbrook and the members of our family, I will give you a short glance into her story. Take it with a grain of salt.
|A body was found in Castorbrook's walled garden.|
|This Drawing Room at Highclere Castle resembles|
the one at Castorbrook Castle.