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Snobbery With Violence by Marion Chesney
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Aug 08, 11

bookshelves: mystery
Read in August, 2011

Although this is the first book in Chesney's Victorian Murder Mystery series, I read it after book one, Hasty Death. I liked this one better probably because I got to know the characters better. Lady Rose is a Victorian era debutante being forced to live the proper life of a lady, when she really wants to toss the corset and multilayers of clothing and go to work as a typist. Her parents are beside themselves and are threatening to send her to India. Lady Rose is invited to Telby Castle along with other debutantes who are having trouble finding acceptable suitors. While there, 3 murders occur and Lady Rose, her maid Daisy, Captain Cathcart and his man Beckett go about solving the crimes. Along the way we learn about Victorian practices such as putting lead based powder on one's face and the many uses of arsenic.
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