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Hasty Death: An Edwardian Murder Mystery (Edwardian Murder Mysteries #2)

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Eager to join the working classes, Lady Rose Summer has abandoned the comforts of her parents' home to become self-supporting. But life as a working woman isn't quite what Rose had imagined---long hours as a typist and nights spent in a dreary women's hostel are not very empowering when you're poor, cold, and tired. Luckily for Rose, her drudgery comes to a merciful end wh ...more
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Published April 1st 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published June 2004)
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Tina
I have come to the conclusion that anyone who reads these books looking for a satisfying mystery is going to be heartily disappointed. The books are relatively short and, of the two books I've read in the series, the mystery portion doesn't really get going until into the second half of the book. In fact, I get the strong feeling reading this book that the mystery isn't really the raison d'etre.

No in this one it felt more like a "let's hang out with Harry and Rose some more and see what happens
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Marfita
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QNPoohBear
Lady Rose is bored with her society life. Her parents want to pack her off to India but luckily for Rose, Henry Cathcart suggests she be allowed to go out to work as she wishes. He arranges everything for Rose and Daisy to become typists for a merchant baker. Rose dislikes the make work she's given and Daisy misses the camaraderie and freedom of the theater. The gloominess of winter and difficulty of living on a working woman's wages get to them. One mistake leads to a return to Lord Hadshire's ...more
Ana T.
Another Edwardian murder mystery this is the second instalment in the series about the adventures of Lady Rose Summer and Captain Harry Cathcart.

After the end of book one where we met them and they solved a murder, it seems Lady Rose has some tender feelings for Captain Harry and wouldn’t be averse to a match between them. Unfortunately Captain Harry seems clueless and is ready to go on as a private investigator without Lady Rose.

Lady Rose is your usually spoiled debutante but you can’t help f
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Donna
Once again, Lady Rose Summer's thoughtless behavior nearly leads to disastrous scandal at every turn. Captain Harry Cathcart saves her from physical and/or social peril at least eight times.

It's surprising that he managed, because this book makes the unwelcome revelation that Captain Cathcart is an inept bumbler prone to gossiping about sensitive information and leaving obvious clues. He is only able to conceal his activities because the police superintendent is equally ineffective. Even then H
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The Flooze
Once again, Lady Rose Summer, Capt. Harry Cathcart, and their loyal companions Daisy and Becket are entrenched in society scandal and murder.

This would be a neat little tale of calamity if it weren't for my growing dislike of Lady Rose. She's ignorant and rude. At this point in the series, I much prefer the moments Harry regards her as an ungrateful little shrew. That seems to sum her up perfectly. She's a selfish brat and rather undeserving of Harry's bravado, no matter how pretty she is.

The "
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Gloria
I did read the next book in the Edwardian Mystery series by Marion Chesney, A Hasty Death. It feels like reading a story outline. Chesney doesn't bother to elaborate on ANY plot points. She just zips from one place to the next. It's really, really weird. One minute Rose and Harry, our protagonists, are breaking out of an insane asylum. The next they are at a country house party. Ten pages later they are confronting a crazed murderer. Because of this ADD-style, the characterization suffers. This ...more
Kim
Really I would like to give this book a 3 1/2 rating as it was an enjoyable read but a little predictable.

This is one of a series of books written by Marion Chesney, who also writes under the pen name of M C Beaton and is the author of the Agatha Raisin and Hamish McBeth series of murder mystery novels.

Hasty Death follows the antics of a feisty heroine, Lady Rose Summer and the enigmatic Captain Harry Cathcart as they stumble into a murder which they set out to solve. Aided by their respective
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Pat
Lady Rose Summer refuses to abide by her parents' insistence that she marry. Even more distressing, she wants to become self-supporting by moving out with her maid Daisy and going to work in trade. On advice from Captain Harry Cathcart-a noble-born private investigator who knows the independent-minded Rose all too well-the Earl and Countess of Hadshire agree to let Lady Rose work as a typist and live in a women's hostel.

Eager to join the working classes, Lady Rose abandoned the comforts of her p
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Wal.li
Lady Rose und Captain Harry
Lady Rose hat sich in den Kopf gesetzt, dass sie für ihren Lebensunterhalt arbeiten möchte. Für eine Tochter aus gutem Haus nicht gerade ein angebrachter Gedanke, das ist jedenfalls der Standpunkt ihrer Eltern. Da sie in ihrer Tochter aber eher ein heiratsfähiges Ausstellungsstück sehen, dass wegen der Nähe zur Bewegung der Suffragetten bereits einen zweifelhaften Ruf hat, lassen sie der Tochter ihrer Willen und fahren nach Nizza, um der Kälte Londons zu entfliehen. Da
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Bee
Where to begin? 'Edwardian murder mystery' had great potential, but this book was a huge flop. I can't recall the last time I read something this disjointed, and the way the plot was hurried along with zero details felt amateurish and as if the author wasn't even interested in the story very much. I know I wasn't.

I'm crossing this blah series off my list.
Tracy Enright
This book, written by the MC Beaton of Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin fame, is the second outing for Lady Rose Summer, her maid Daisy and Captain Harry Cathcart.

Set in early 20th century England, it's a tale of blackmail and murder. And working in an office. The latter happens when Lady Rose, deciding she wants to know what it's like being a member of the working classes, gets a job in a bank.

I finished this book feeling like I wanted a little more from it. Much of the time it vacillated betw
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Bettie☯


Davina Porter
6 hours 35 mins

Lady Rose Summer refuses to abide by her parents' insistence that she marry. Even more distressing, she wants to become self-supporting by moving out with her maid Daisy and going to work in trade. On advice from Captain Harry Cathcart-a noble-born private investigator who knows the independent-minded Rose all too well-the Earl and Countess of Hadshire agree to let Lady Rose work as a typist and live in a women's hostel.

Eager to join the working classes, Lady Rose aba
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T
There were moments where this tale was ok, however for the most part it wasn't a particularly enjoyable read. At times I found my mind drifting and I'd have to read one paragraph several times to make some sort of connection with the story.
On top of the less than average story line, there was an abundance of typos. This type of sloppiness made it even more annoying to read and it gave the impression that production was rushed from start to finish and the story was developed and perfected to its
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
4 Stars

"Eager to join the working classes, Lady Rose Summer has abandoned the comforts of her parents' home to become self-supporting. But life as a working woman isn't quite what Rose had imagined---long hours as a typist and nights spent in a dreary women's hostel are not very empowering when you're poor, cold, and tired. Luckily for Rose, her drudgery comes to a merciful end when she learns of the untimely death of an acquaintance.

Freddy Pomfret, a silly and vacuous young man, was almost cert
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An Odd1
**** "Hasty Death" (E2) continues a humourous Edwardian London murder mystery series by Marion Chesney. I never read those lines or verses in front of chapters, except from Chesney. I remembered who did it and still enjoy a reread for how they find out and what happens then. Characters are eccentric, energetic, challenging to be around, especially amid class and sex preconceptions, gunshots, and poison. Stubborn Lady Rose gets her dream of working woman dashed. With brave Cockney maid Daisy, the ...more
Lady Knight
Another solid mystery novel featuring Lady Rose Summer and Detective Captain Harry Cathcart.

Rose has begged and begged her parents to let her and Daisy go to work in the town as typists. Frustrated by the constant pestering, her father calls Harry and demands his opinion. Harry tells him that he should let Rose go as she is sure to give up on the idea after having to spend some time living the life of a working woman. Rose and Daisy move into a small loft flat and start doing "make work" at a b
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Sara
It started slowly but gathered momentum, with the addition of more crazy characters (in the beginning the characters were maddeningly conventional but maybe this is just the fault of the Edwardian era, whose society lacked the zany quirkiness of the Regency period) and the heating up of the main romance, which remains unresolved at the end of the book. I may read on...

"Don't, when offered a dish at a friend's table, look at it critically, turn it about with the spoon and fork, and then refuse it
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Boorrito
The series crossed the line from "silly, fun, brain-off reading" to "incredibly annoying" in this volume. There's no enough mystery and a lot of the kind of romance that put me off reading romances for a year - boring annoying heroine loves boring annoying jerk hero, but they fight all the time blah blah blah. It's a device I'm not keen on when it's well done, since it's such a lazy way of doing sexual tension but it's even worse when you don't care about the characters and because it's a series ...more
Jennifer
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 rating for the series is 3.75
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Lisa
Chesney/Beaton doesn't disappoint. You have your "oh she's supposedly so well educated but portrays herself as a half-wit" heroine who comes from exceedingly good stock; the mysterious and fallen main male lead who "oh really publicly hates the heroine but secretly loves her" and yes, it's all very predicable and cliche-y.

There is no stretch in the research or imagination here, and if I had not been well attuned to Ms. Chesney/Beaton's writing style from before, I would probably like the book e
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Mandi
I am really glad that I do not get persuaded by reviews. There were many reviews that had me scared that I purchased a bad book. (Book sales what can I say.) I enjoyed the writing. One thing that did enter my mind was there were too many main plots. I felt like it was a few short stories in one book. They were all very good short stories in one book with the same characters. I would recommend to anyone that enjoys a good mystery. I would not go out and purchase due to a recommendation. Glad it w ...more
Deborah Vespo
I love Marion Chesney and feel excited when I find a book of hers that I haven't read. She is one of those authors I could recommend to my daughter and her girlfriends without a blush on my face! This is part of the Edwardian Mystery series and is the second book in the series. I read these out of line, but it was fun going back and seeing Lady Rose and how much her character development had evolved from book to book. How she goes from being this spoiled rich young woman, who you can't help but ...more
Crystal
Marion Chesney is the real name of M.C. Beaton, author of the Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth books. I may have liked Hasty Death better than her other series. Like Rhys Bowen's Lady Georgiana Her Royal Spyness series, it's set in Victorian England and the main character is a feisty young woman of the upper class who gets involved in murders. It's humorous, and I particularly like the use of what I assume to be language authentic for the era--not just grammatically but vocabulary that we don't ...more
Kate
2nd in the series. This mystery was much better for my having just read the first volume. The characters had more depth than in the first book, and I settled into Beaton's full-of-coversation-but-little-description style better. This time Lady Rose and Daisy set off to be working women, which is quite interesting, and there's also an interlude in an asylum, which never fails to fascinate me. Harry continues to be an interesting hero, although I prefer Sup't Kerridge altogether. I like these char ...more
Michelle
The second book in the Edwardian Murder mystery series has Lady Rose Summer convincing her parents that she can work for a living. They employ Captain Harry Cathcart to set up a position for her and make arrangements for her and her maid Daisy to living in a boarding house. Rose finds life to be more difficult than she expected and their job at the bank to be rather boring. However, they stumble upon a clue that may lead to some information about the murder of a young playboy who appears to have ...more
Bonnie
The adventures of Captain Cathcart and Lady Rose Summer continue. Lady Rose and her friend/maid Daisy go to work as typists at a bank, renting a room in a professional ladies' hotel. Lady Rose finds that the life of a working woman is not quite what she expected.
Charmaine
This was kind of silly and not very interesting and certainly not very believable. Half the time I was a bit lost and the other half of the time I really didn't care about the storyline. I finished it out of shear will power and found the end to be even more of a let-down than the entire novel.
Mam
Because I really like Hamish and Agatha, I set the bar high for these characters. I will read another in the series before I abandon it. Lady Rose and Daisy might seem more lie old friends then.
Judy
I liked this story as it continues the series starting with "Snobbery with Violence." But I felt like it ended too quickly and I wasn't sure if all of the loose ends were taken care of.
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Marion Chesney Gibbons
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
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