Wonderful series. Even better than the first two!
If you missed the first novel in this series, get it right away. Snobbery with Violence introduced the Edwardian heroine Lady Rose Summer. Her second appearance is, if anything, even wittier and more amusing than the debut.
Captain Harry Cathcart and Lady Rose Summer have entered into an engagement of convenience-convenient for Rose, who wants to avoid being sent to India with all the other failed debutantes. Despite her considerable good looks, Rose's sharp intellect and radical ideas have served to repel her would be suitors.
Unfortunately, even a pretend engagement cannot save Rose from trouble. Bored with endless parties, teas, and balls, she befriends Dolly Tremaine, a beautiful young girl newly arrived from the country and overwhelmed by the demands of the Season. Rose is delighted to have a protégée but their friendship is cut tragically short when Dolly is found floating in a river. Harry is summoned immediately to help solve the mystery of Dolly's death, and to keep Rose from being the murderer's next victim.
3rd in a new historical series featuring Lady Rose Summer and Capt. Harry Cathcart. An entertaining cozy.
Okay, that's weird--the cover says "M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney". However, the lady's real name is Marion Chesney, but many of her mysteries are written under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. This is obviously a bid to bring in the people who have been reading about Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin, but it is so strange the way it is worded.
Lady Rose befriends new debutant, Miss Dolly Tremaine. something is troubling the beautiful young woman, and before Rose can find out what it is, in order to help, Rose finds Dolly stabbed to death. Rose and her companion Daisy manage to get into all kinds of trouble, as usual, in order to solve the mystery. The on again off again engagement of convenience continues, but it seems both parties are becoming more aware of feelings they have for each other....a fun read...