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A Death by Any Other Name (Lady Montfort Mystery #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  219 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Building on the success of her last two mysteries in the same series, Tessa Arlen returns us to the same universe full of secrets, intrigue, and, this time, roses in 'A Death By Any Other Name'.

The elegant Lady Montfort and her redoubtable housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, investigate a murder among a group of amateur rose-breeders while the idyllic English summer days count dow
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Minotaur Books
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
As a big fan of historical mystery books have I been curious about the Lady Montfort Mystery series. So, when I got the chance to read the third book in the series, A DEATH BY ANY OTHER NAME, was I thrilled to finally see if this series would appeal to me. What intrigued me about this book was the idea of a lady and a housekeeper investigating murders. In the beginning of the 20th-century is the idea of two so different women working together in that way remarkable since they come from different ...more
Susan in NC
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another satisfying and evocative entry in what is becoming one of my favorite historical mystery series. I await the next book to see how Arlen handles the effects of World War One on Lady Montfort and family.

In this mystery, Arlen beautifully captures the tense period between Archduke Ferdinand's murder and the seemingly unstoppable moves toward a European war that the reader knows will destroy the idyllic way of life enjoyed by the middle and upper classes of Edwardian England; here, an amateu
The Lit Bitch
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am always on the look out for new murder mysteries, preferably with a female lead ‘detectives’ and set in England. While this isn’t my first novel by this author, it felt new to me. I read Tessa Arlen’s first book in this series, DEATH OF A DISHONORABLE GENTLEMAN, back in early 2015 and though I wasn’t completely hooked at the beginning, I was invested enough to finish it and was rewarded for my tenacity.

I didn’t read the second book in this series for some reason, but when the third book came
Moonlight Reader
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A Death By Any Other Name is an engaging mystery that strongly echoes some of the themes and atmosphere of Downton Abbey. If you imagine Cora and Mrs. Hughes, or possibly Anna Bates, solving mysteries together, you've about got the size of it. There is a lot to like here, although the mystery has some weaknesses and the story drags a bit in the middle. The book comes to a climax with a seance and a confession as Germany declares war on France in the earliest days of WWI.

I read a lot of historica
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I made a lot of notes and highlights on this book – over 100. As I say all the time, this is either a sign of a good book or a terrible one.

They always warn not to quote from an ARC without checking against the published work – so I did. I was horrified by the comma abuse in the book, so I checked. And unfortunately, it's still there. "Clementine smiled at the thought of her grandsons, it had been nearly six months since she had last seen them." Run-on sentences, comma splices, all the usu
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson a few years ago in Tessa Arlen's first novel, Death of a Dishonerable Gentleman. They seemed to be the perfect duo to solve mysteries. Right up there with Holmes and Watson. Lady Montfort has a keen mind and feels a duty to right certain wrongs. Mrs. Jackson takes pleasure in working for an illustrious family. Though she thinks Lady Montfort shouldn't really get involved in other people's affairs, she'd do anything to help her. And, of course, M ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
A DEATH BY ANY OTHER NAME is the delightful third book in the Lady Montfort mystery series featuring an older aristocrat and her younger housekeeper as amateur sleuths. With its lavish descriptions of English gardens, an engaging locked room style murder mystery, and a varied group of suspects, it provides readers with hours of cozy entertainment.

I admit it – I am an Anglophile and particularly enjoy historical mysteries so I find this series is quite appealing. It takes place in the days leadin
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the beautiful summer of 1914, few people in England believe there will be a European war. So Lady Montfort is free to pursue her hobby (snooping, her housekeeper calls it) and look into a murder at a neighboring estate, bringing the housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, along with her as her companion. It's easy for a countess to wangle an invitation to stay with an aspiring middle class hostess, of course, and the hostess is an aspiring rosarian who is impressed by Lady Montfort's gardening expertise. ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A Death by Any Other Name is the third in this series by Tessa Arlen. Somehow, I missed the second in this series, but perhaps the library will have a copy.

from the description: The elegant Lady Montfort and her redoubtable housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, investigate a murder among a group of amateur rose-breeders while the idyllic English summer days count down to the start of the First World War.

The cook from Hyde Castle has been dismissed from her position when a guest dies after eating one of her
Barbara Rogers
WOW!! Tessa Arlen sucks you into the story and doesn't turn you loose until you've finished the book! So be prepared for a late night. Her writing is smooth and the characters are well developed - and she leaves you wondering where some of the recurring characters are heading, thus making you anxious for the next book.

One thing I loved about the story, aside from the mystery, is the descriptions of English gardens - especially in the 'magic hour' just before sunset. With Arlen's vivid descriptio
Louisa Treger
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first two novels in Tessa Arlen’s Edwardian Murder Mystery series. Her third, which is based around a murder among a group of amateur rose breeders, certainly doesn’t disappoint. Like its predecessors, A DEATH BY ANY OTHER NAME has a tight, twisty plot that keeps you turning pages. The writing is gorgeous – I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the gardens - and Arlen’s evocation of the Edwardian era is pitch perfect. She has obviously done a lot of research - there is much love ...more
Courtney Stuart
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lady Clementine Talbot, Countess of Monfort and her brilliant, but somewhat reluctant house keeper Mrs Edith Jackson have set out solving yet another mystery in A Death By Any Other Name. Delightful in its telling of the thirteen days before the declaration of war for World War One in Great Britain, this is a wonderful 'whodunit' set in the early 1900's.

In this story we read about Hyde Rose Society, made up loosely of a group of friends who's goal in life is to breed the perfect hybrid rose. Wi
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
A Death by Any Other Name by Tessa Arlen is the third book in the Lady Montfort Mystery series. Mrs. Edith Jackson has just returned to Iyntwood (the house where she is the housekeeper) after a ten-day vacation. Mrs. Jackson loves her job except for Lady Montfort’s new habit of involving herself in other’s problems (and she always manages to drag Mrs. Jackson in with her). Mrs. Jackson is told there is a woman at the backdoor requesting to speak with her. It is Beryl Armitage, the sister of Walt ...more
Another great entry in this series, A Death by Any Other Name forgoes the rich and the titled to focus on the coarse world of the nouveau riche. Worse still, these are not very talented, but very competitive rosarians. Lady Montfort is intrigued when she hears of a cook's tale of wrongful termination. A guest was poisoned at a neighboring estate, and the inquest placed the blame on the hapless cook who served the guest a haddock. She maintains that the haddock wasn't tainted, because she herself ...more
Merrilee Gibson
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second Tessa Arlen mystery I have reviewed that features Lady Montford and her housekeeper Mrs. Jackson, having read and reviewed the previous book, Death Sits Down to Dinner, in March 2016. Written in the style of my favorite Golden Age mysteries, Arlen’s books are richly told tales set in an important historical background.

The book starts with a list of the Dramatis Personae--a feature I have always enjoyed as it gives one a small preview and also can serve as a handy reference for
Nancy Pascoe
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Death by Any Other Name is another sparkling addition to the Lady Montford and Mrs. Jackson series! Using the traditional English house party setting, Tessa Arlen has again deftly interwoven social commentary and historical detail of pre-WWI England whilst delivering a delightfully thorny mystery. House guests include some very prickly and hilarious characters engaging in finely crafted dialogue. The relationship between the two amateur, and sometimes reluctant, sleuths is finely developed and ...more
Jane Shibilski
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was another good read from Tessa Arlen. I appreciated that real world events were woven into the story giving the characters a chance to react to what we know was a devastating time in history. The mystery was a bit of a non-mystery, too easy to figure out who did the evil deed. You do get to know the main characters better as their life stories were advanced nicely. What I especially appreciate about this author is her ability to draw me completely into the time period. I feel immersed in ...more
Although I had hoped for more of a scandalous or shocking reveal (like the secret romance that blossoms between the upstairs and downstairs!!) I found that, by the end, I wasn't disappointed. I was captivated the entire time and I loved how, as the story progressed, the war loomed ever closer. By the end, it's announced that England is definitely going to enter, while Germany marches into France (Lady Montfort's daughter and her family live in Paris). I imagine the next book will be even more gl ...more
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This third book of the series keeps the high standards achieved by the earlier ones. Arlen is able to portray two female perspectives in this series -- a titled aristocratic wife and her housekeeper - bringing a complexity that lacks in other similar stories. Lovely atmosphere, period charm with just the right amount of social commentary (eve of WWI), authentic characterizations, and puzzling mysteries all keep the reader entertained and engaged. I loved this third story and eagerly await the ne ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm enjoying this series, as Lady Montfort and her smart housekeeper Mrs Jackson pool their sources of information to solve murders in the great homes of England in the early twentieth century. This time they figure out who caused the death of a member of a group of rose enthusiasts meeting at Hyde Castle -- as the news of the start of WWI makes its way through the tea and crumpets to darken the future of all. Very entertaining.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. It was a little too plodding. I had to expend some effort to care about what happened. I do like the chemistry between the main characters.
nikkia neil
Thanks St. Martin's Press and netgalley for this ARC.

Love this duo! Always a great mystery with quirky characters, unique plot and great storytelling

Chloe Nichol
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tessa Arlen's third book in her series is a story told just as elegantly, vividly, and humorously told as the first two books in her series. Using the tension of the time - just before WWI - Ms. Arlen pairs her murder and sleuthing with vivid and beautifully written descriptions of gardens and the English countryside. A wonderful surprise: fans will be pleased to learn Ms. Jackson's love interest returns in A Death by Any Other Name. I enjoyed every minute of this read and recommend it to Ms. Ar ...more
Deneen Santos
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book!

This was my favorite book of the three. Wonderful characters and plot twists. I can't wait for the saga to continue.
Elspeth G. Perkin
A third ample helping of delicate inquiries and designs of murder most foul

These days the ugly ravages of black spot on her celebrated roses or missing The Glorious Twelfth are not the only concerns daunting Lady Montfort’s waking thoughts, she also has the unpleasant fear of impending war that can rip the comforts of family and home away forever. The year 1914 is sure to hold more than one challenge for her ladyship and country but in the meantime a much needed distraction presents itself in th
Jean Kolinofsky
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would Ike to thank NetGalley for providing a copy of this book or review. For anyone who still suffers from the loss of Downton Abbey, Tessa Arlen has the perfect solution, a mystery featuring Lady Montfort and her housekeeper Edith Jackson. In her latest,A Death By Any Other Name, they are asked to clear the name of of the cook at Hyde Castle, who was fired for negligence. A guest was supposedly poisoned by spoiled fish that was served at breakfast. The cook had also tasted the fish with no i ...more
Martine Bailey
This is Tessa Arlen’s third outing to Edwardian England and I found it just as delightful as her first two titles. When a cook complains of her unfair dismissal to Mrs Jackson she triggers a series of events that take the housekeeper and her sleuthing mistress on a visit to a neighbouring estate. From their first arrival at a ‘remodelled’ castle, the reader knows all is not well. A gentleman has allegedly been poisoned by his breakfast kedgeree and Lady Montfort investigates with Jackson at her ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-war
3.75 stars

This third Lady Montfort mystery is set in 1916, two years into the Great War. The last book ended with the declaration of war in 1914, and lots has happened offstage. Lady Montfort's son Harry, a pilot, has been injured and is home recuperating. Her daughter Verity, in France, is in harm's way and Lady M frets about that. Her younger daughter Althea has joined the Women's Land Army and is a visible sign of changes in society and culture that the war have accelerated. And their dower h
Kimberly Ann
Apr 02, 2018 rated it did not like it

Set in 1914 upon the declaration of WW I:

When Mrs. Jackson is approached by by the newly fired cook from a neighboring estate for poisoning the kedgeree a gluttonous guest during a gathering of amateur rose cultivators, she takes the request for help to Lady Monfort.

Lady Monfort is in the midst of working on her roses w/ (real life) Gertrude Jekyll and with the consent of Miss Jekyll wrangle an invitation to the gathering on the premise that Miss Jekyll will select the winner of the Rosarians' a
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mrs Jackson has just returned from a holiday when a stranger asks to see her. THe woman is the former cook of a nearby home - owned by an industrialist - and sister to a tenant of the Montfort Estate. The woman says she has been unjustly blamed for serving bad food that caused a guest to die. She was dismissed without a reference and is now in dire straits. Mrs Jackson tells Lady Montfort of the request for help and they soon, much to her dismay, find themselves staying with the family and the R ...more
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TESSA ARLEN, the daughter of a British diplomat, was brought-up and educated in the beautiful Chiltern Hills of England, when she was not visiting her parents oversees in Asia, India and Europe. Her books are set in the pastoral beauty of her native England among its flint-stone villages, softly rolling hills, and airy beech woods.

Greatest influences on Tessa's writing are hands down Kenneth Grah
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