Snobbery with Violence (Edwardian Murder Mysteries #1)
When a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful if rebellious Lady Rose Summer, her father wants to know if her suitor's intentions are honorable. He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart, the impoverished younger son of a baron, to do some intelligence work on the would-be fiancee, Sir Geoffrey Blandon.
After his success in uncovering Geoffrey's dishonorable moti...more
This series is set in Edwardian England. The mysteries and their solution seem to be pretty standard fare. What I like in this series are the two main protagonists. Lady Rose Summer is a woman caught between two eras. She is intelligent and outspoken, poor cred...more
The beginning is slow though not completely boring. I think what the author is trying to do is let the reader get an idea of what the characters are like. I was surprised to find that I liked Harry more than Rose. You get the poin...more
Lady Rose Summer, one-time Suffragette, is the deb involved. The attempt by her parents to put her in the limelight for her first season is an unmitigated disaster as she gets involved in trying to sort out who killed who and why.
There are plenty of characters to consider, sometimes too many to keep in mind, but, with the help of Harry Cathcart, who at first is something of a leper, she eventually u...more
The book's cover proclaims happily "M.C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney" though I don't know the publisher's motivation in giving readers two authors when one will do, especially since both are unfamiliar names(to me, at least). Normally, I would not mention such a trifle in a review, but when a book is, really, not very good, it seems strange that the author went out of their way to assume two pseudonyms and then have the fact openly procla...more
Very mediocre writing, poorly developed plot and shallow characterization. I found it impossible to engage with the main protagonists who engendered no feelings of empathy or interest.
I certainly wouldn't recommend it and I won't be reading any more of this author's books.
Surely, Lady Rose Summers would be just the thing to bring to a stop my current trend of face-palming every five second a...more
I've decided for this short series of books to review them as a whole. I read them one after the other in about a 24 hour time period, so they all sort of seem like one really long book to me, and I am not at all sure that I could review them separately.
My plan is to copy and past the review to each of the four books, so I will post most all of the review under a spoiler cut, because I am sure that I will mention things that would be considered spoilerish.
My overall rat...more
I must say that I enjoyed it very much and I almost laughed aloud at times. Lady Rose Summer was almost unbelievable at times, as she was much focused in the women's rights movement and the equality of rights between the lower and upper classes but at the same time, she seemed unaware of the proper behaviour to live in p...more
The results of the small bit of detective work the Earl asks Harry to undertake are so successful that Harry suddenly finds himself in demand. Discreet word of mouth has it that for a hefty fee, Harry can "fix"...more
This was my first Marion Chesney novel... I believe it would fall into the "cozy mystery" category rather than the historical romance category that I originally placed it in. I haven't read many historical fiction books that take place during the Edwardian Era so this one was definitely a treat. It really had that Downtown Abbey/Upstairs-Downstairs feel to it.
The plot is simple: Rose Summers following a failed "season" attends a house party...more
A houseful of snobby Brits--one murder and then another. A discouraged suffragette who thinks she prefers working as a typis...more
I like the Victorian/Edwardian eras as settings, and this had the Suffragette movement involved, as well as some of the beginnings of women's rights in the main character of Rose, so I definitely enjoyed that.
I can't quite make up my mind about Rose, however. She is a smart and determined young woman, who wants to be more than the options...more
The author used almost every cliche and every predictable twist she could possibly come up with, but she paid a lot of attention to building all her characters and so I felt their excitement or dismay at something that I knew was going to happen anyway just as sharply as they did.
The series starts with this book and ends with Our lady of Pain. The romance that starts here is kept unresolved...more
aka: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, M.C. Beaton, Sarah Chester.
Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly...more