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Death of an Unsung Hero

(Lady Montfort Mystery #4)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Lady Montfort and her pragmatic housekeeper Mrs. Jackson investigate a murder of a WWI officer with amnesia in the 20th-century English countryside.

Building on the success of her last three mysteries in the same series, Tessa Arlen returns us to the same universe in Death of an Unsung Hero with more secrets, intrigue, and charming descriptions of the English countryside.

Hardcover, 302 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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The Lit Bitch
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve had the pleasure of reading all but one of the books in the Lady Montford Mystery series and they have all been wonderful reads. I love watching how Arlen’s writing has evolved over the series so far and this book was such a pleasure to read!

This book really stood out to me as the best in the series thus far though. Maybe it’s my love of WWI that really made this one stand out or maybe it was seeing the progression of Lady Montford and seeing her family, but either way this was a lovely rea
Susan in NC
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - I love this series, it just gets better and better! This story opens in 1916 - WWI is raging, and Lord and Lady Montfort have converted the dower house on their estate to a hospital for officers suffering from “shell-shock”, what we now call PTSD. Mrs. Jackson, Lady Montfort’s housekeeper, now works for the Red Cross running the hospital.

I’ve always loved the Downton Abbey vibe in this series, and this book is no exception. Mrs. Jackson, despite now being employed by the Red Cross,
Barbara Rogers
Series: Lady Montford Mystery #4
Publication Date: 3/13/18

Well, their carefully guarded secret is out. Lady Montford and Mrs. Jackson solve mysteries, and they are very good at it! Everyone knows and smiles about it, but our erstwhile investigators aren’t aware that everyone knows. So, it is entertaining to see their reactions throughout the book when one person or another mentions their penchant for solving mysteries.

This book is just exactly what I’ve been wanting in the series, a glimpse of La
Michelle Scott
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2018-reads
I never caught Downton Abbey fever, but I do find that slice of history interesting.  For fans of the TV series, however, Death of an Unsung Hero would be a must read.  Set in on an English manor in the early 1900's, this story revolves around a country hospital where WWI soldiers come to be healed of their 'shell-shock.'  When one of the soldiers is murdered, it's up to Lady Montfort and her trusty housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, to solve the mystery.

Mrs. Jackson and Lady Montfort make an excellent
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Death of an Unsung Hero by Tessa Arlen was a fascinating mystery set in England during World War I. Although this is the first book I have read in this series, I had no problems as Ms. Arlen provided the background of each of the characters and there were only slight references to the previous books. The descriptive writing of Iyntwood estate, the surrounding countryside and Haversham Hall allowed me to feel like I was there with Lady Montford and Mrs. Jackson has they investigated.

The plot is s
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
"What a tale! What a frightful story of betrayal and cowardice."

Apparently, my infatuation with "all things Downton Abbey" hasn't fizzled out yet. Edwardian England glamour has still a strong hold on my reading preferences: my expectations in terms of authenticity of historical setting and language were not disappointed. Boldly reminiscent of Julian Fellowes' popular drama (season 2 in particular), Tessa Arlen's streamlined narration features a dynamic sleuths duo (a landlady and her housekeeper
Katherine P
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I do love a historical mystery and this series has landed in my To Read list. I loved the mix of upstairs and down, the strong and intelligent main characters, and the at times heartbreaking World War 1 element.

Mrs. Jackson and Lady Montfort May just be one of my favorite investing teams. While they’re both intelligent and observant their perspectives and knowledge is very different so they are really able to work together.
Louisa Treger
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve loved all the novels in Tessa Arlen’s Downtonesque Murder Mystery series. Like its predecessors, DEATH OF AN UNSUNG HERO has a gripping plot that keeps you turning pages, much gorgeous writing – I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the English countryside in summer – and it is rich in period detail.
Haversham Hall Hospital has been opened on Lyntwood Estate to treat shell shocked soldiers. With an inspection by the War Office imminent, Captain Bray, one of the patients, is found murde
Lady Montfort is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. As with the others in the series, this book too is well written, and well researched. The two main characters, Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson are wonderful. They're not young, they have believable connections, and more importantly when it comes to intelligent women in an age when they couldn't be independent, believable prejudices.

This book is set in the middle of the Great War. Lady Montfort, who wants to do her bit for the war, has
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Arlen's series, the Lady Montford Mysteries, is a sheer delight, and this new story is the best yet. Arlen aptly mixes upstairs and downstairs at a critical period of societal flux. Lady Montford and her capable partner, housekeeper Mrs. Jackson, are now involved in the new role of the dower house as a military hospital for the shell-shocked officers of WWI. Jackson is the administrator of the hospital and thoroughly enjoying her work. Lady Montford has her son at home, seriously depressed at hi ...more
If you enjoy historical mysteries, especially those set in England, this series is not to be missed. This is the fourth entry and the time is 1916. Private residences are being offered as hospitals for the wounded but, in this case, the wounds are not on the outside and that is the focus of this mystery. Lady Montfort has persuaded her husband to turn over part of their estate to the War Office as a sanctuary for soldiers suffering from PTSD which they called shell shock. Others in the surroundi ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
First book I have read in this series. This one is set in mid-WW1, in a "Downton Abbey" world, where officers with shell shock are being treated in the Dower House. Murder of one of them, in the straited situation of few qualified policemen, as well as few servants & farm workers, provides challenges & opportunities for Lady Monfort and her housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, to solve the murder before the police arrest one of their patients without evidence. They also need to do it before the planned vi ...more
Jane Shibilski
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I gave this book four stars because the author always manages to surprise me in solving the mystery detailed so well in this book. I was positive I had solved “who done it” before I was even halfway through the book. In fact, I was slightly bored and feeling superior because I thought this particular mystery was relatively easy to figure out. Needless to say, I had forgotten the author is often deceptively simple in the beginning, just waiting to lay out the twist that dashes all your previous c ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In 1916 little was understood of the nature of ptsd or “shell shock” as it was called.  In Death of an Unsung Hero, the plot centers around a group of young officers being treated at a hospital  sponsored by the energetic Lady Montfort and administered by her capable friend, Mrs. Jackson.  As you might expect, trouble comes in the form of the murder of an amnesiac Captain Bray.  It’s all too easy for the police to wish to lay blame on a fellow patient closing the class quickly.  Lady Montfort do ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Solid fourth entry in the Lady Montfort series. The tale dragged a bit in the middle but redeemed itself with plenty of twisty final revelations. I enjoy the time period and English setting.
Beth Yeary
One of the better historical novels I've read.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good entry in the Lady Montfort/Mrs. Jackson mystery series. War has come to Iyntwood, and with it, big changes. Mrs. Jackson is now in the VAD and assigned as quartermaster at the Haversham Hall hospital, the dower house at Iyntwood. The hospital has been set up by the Earl of Montfort and Lady Montfort, and specializes in treating servicemen with neurasthenia, or shell shock. And, a murder has occurred. One of the patients has been found dead in the vegetable garden. Lady Montfort and ...more
Kate Baxter
This is yet another delightful installment of the Lady Montfort mystery series by gifted writer Tessa Arlen. I love books based on historical fact where the author does a goodly amount of research. This one certainly did not disappoint. I look forward to reading more stories by Ms. Arlen.
Helen Howerton
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This engaging tale, of murder done at a WWI convalescent hospital, is thoroughly entertaining. Our lades from the series are back, Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson. Mrs. Jackson doesn't seem quite as reticent as previously, and so our intrepid duo sit, compare their notes and impressions, and solve the crimes -- despite having an incompetent copper put his foot in it early on. Luckily, the Chief Constable isn't quite as pig-headed, although he is determined to pretty much ignore what the ladies ar ...more
Virginia Winfield
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful WWI mystery novel. This is the first one that I have read in this series but it was okay because I was able to figure out who all the people were in this series. I really loved Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson. They are great at solving mysteries. I look forward to reading many more of these stories. I received a copy of this book from Minotaur books for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Elizabeth C
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this series by Tessa Arlen. The characters come to life in my imagination and I am always delightfully surprised by the plot twists! As was the case with her other books, I could not put this one down until I reached the end. Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson are an unstoppable team!
Amber - TBR Book Blog
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the other 3 books in the series but I definitely will be! I love a good cozy mystery and this series is definitely one!!

This story picks back up in WWI England, where Lady Montfort and Mrs Jackson (her partner in crime, pardon the pun) are solving mysteries. According to other reviews I've read, we're finding out more about Lady Montfort's husband, who hasn't been really touched on in the other books.

This story and this whole series is great for any person who likes a good, histo
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is probably my favorite so far! This time around, two years since the last book, war is raging on. Lady Montfort decides to put her house in Haversham for war use, much to the chagrin of her neighbors and friends because the house offers aids to those who are facing the aftereffects of war. Until a body of a general is found on the grounds, and the hospital is due for a checkup Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson are out for the chase. I enjoyed the mystery and loved that the whole family gets t ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clementine, Countess of Montfort, has responded to World War I by converting the Dower House on her husband's estate into a psychiatric hospital (for officers, of course). Her housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, has been named as administrator. Jackson needed some time to realize that the "talking cure" was really helping these badly shell-shocked men, but many others in the little farming community think the men are malingerers and cowards. When one is found murdered, Jackson and Lady Montfort and Jacks ...more
Cindy Ladensack
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another solid entry in this delightful series—it really has all the ingredients I love in a mystery: a grand country estate, well-researched historical setting and details, compelling characters, exciting mystery.... and I love the map and cast of characters; I wish every mystery had those!
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Death of an Unsung Hero
Lady Montfort, Book #4
By Tessa Arlen
ISBN# 9781250101440
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Lady Montfort and her pragmatic housekeeper Mrs. Jackson investigate a murder of a WWI officer with amnesia in the 20th-century English countryside.

In 1916, the world is at war and the energetic Lady Montfort has persuaded her husband to offer the dower house to the War Office as an auxiliary hospital
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shades of Downton Abbey meets WW I:

As was the trend in England; Lady & Earl of Monfort have turned the recently emptied Dower House, Haversham Hall, into an auxiliary hospital for English WW I officers suffering from what was then known as "shell-shock" & "neurasthenia".

Mrs. Jackson, former Housekeeper for Lady Monfort is now the Quartermaster (administrator) of the hospital, working closely w/ the patients & scheduling the various staff.

One of the quieter patients, Captain Sir Evelyn Bray, is f
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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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