Lady Daisy Warwick is involved with social causes. She is also involved with the Prince of Wales. When the prince comes to spend time at the estate of Lord and Lady Warwick, she plans on showing him some of the indignities that the poorer classes must endure. What she doesn't plan on, however, is murder. Fortunately, Kate Ardleigh and Sir Charles Sheridan are also guests at the estate, so the prince places them in charge of finding the murderer, for he has heard of Charles' ability in solving crimes. Kate has other concerns as well: her increasing feelings for Charles and the guests' determination to figure out who Beryl Bardwell, writer of "penny dreadfuls" is.
This book is an enjoyable read.
a couple people get killed at a victorian party, complete with nobles and commoners in the middle. Fun read!
This author continues to use her special abilities to read people and events. She makes "good reading".
Sr. Charles Sheridan is many things - an amateur scientist, a renowned photographer, and a skilled detective. And due to Victorian customs, he will soon become a baron - rendering him unable to marry Kate Ardleigh, an American writer of the popular, yet frowned upon "penny-dreadfuls." Even as the customs of the time keep them apart, a good murder case always seems to bring them together...
The Countess of Warwick, known affectionately as "Daisy," is the subject of endless rumors about her "unladylike" ways and temperament. But what happens during a weekend party at her Easton estate is uglier than any rumor. First, a stableboy is killed. Then a nobleman is murdered outside Daisy's well-known trysting spot. A murderer is on the grounds - and on the loose. Seeking to avoid scandal, the Prince of Wales orders Sir Charles to solve the case. Together, he and Miss Ardleigh find that even the highest levels of society are no refuge from the lwest of deeds...
A Victorian mystery. Sir Charles Sheridan again meets American Kate Ardleigh at a weekend estate party. A murder occurs and Sir Charles and the talented and refreshing Kate are once more drawn together in solving the mystery, while being pushed apart by social normas and customs.
This is the third in the series. I really enjoyed the first book with its focus on Kathryn Ardleigh, an American woman newly arrived in Victorian England. This one was also enjoyable, but less than the first book. (My impressions of the book may be a bit off--I just realized this is #3 and and I thought it was #2, which I skipped. Oops!)
Kathryn is not center stage; others take the focus and the book--in my opinion--suffers. Nevertheless, it is fun to watch the romance of Kathryn and Sir Charles develop.
I weary a bit of the political/social intrigue and having to keep track of all these members of nobility and their special causes, characteristics, and weaknesses.
That said, however, I finished the book and feel happy with the experience. It was just a bit more work to finish it than I usually like to do with my cozy mysteries.
After reading the first book, I quickly ordered the rest of the series. That might have been a bit precipitous; I'm hoping the next book in the series returns to the pace and interest level of the first one.
I liked the story line but I felt there were too many characters to keep track of.
I do love a good English murder mystery, and this qualifies. The dollop of American attitudes really enlivens this one. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Well, if nothing else, this books confirms once again that the elite of Victorian England were anything but Victorian. You don't have this much bed hopping in the so-called 'best selling' mysteries on the NYT Best Seller list.
Fortunately, the heroine and hero aren't into this and all the sex takes place behind closed doors. Unfortunately, the murders take place everywhere else.
The characters of the two main protagonists are further developed, but most of the rest are two-dimensional.
There are a total of twelve books in this series. If possible, try to read them in order. If you need to read them out of order, no worries. The author will catch you up as you go.
Each of the books takes place in a time period between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. The historical goings-on are well documented and you'll meet caboodles of famous people along the way.
These are murder mysteries and the couple who solve the crimes reflect the changes, inventions and new crime-fighting information encountered at the time.
Despite being historical, these books aren't dry textbooks. The characters come alive as they look for clues and despite some missteps along the way, find the dastardly murderer and send him/her off to jail.
Interesting series- I enjoyed all of them.
a Victorian ere mystery that mixes fictional characters with historical figures