Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside.Masked danger…
Lady Alkmene Callender has always loved grand parties, but when she receives an invitation to a masked ball thrown by Franklin Hargrove – oil magnate, aviation enthusiast and father of her best friend, Denise – she’s never seen...more
I was in the mood for a good cozy mystery and I adored this one! It is #4 in the series, but I read it as a stand-alone and it was great! Loved the 1920's setting and the character of Lady Alkmene.
Lady Alkmene has been invited to party with the rich and famous at the beautiful estate of her best friend Denise's father. It is a masked ball and everyone arrives in costume to have a good time, but one masked guest is up to no good. A dead body has been found in t ...more
In this latest novel by Conroy, Fatal Masquerade, Lady Alkmene Callender finds herself immersed in a clue-like murder mystery, complete with a country estate, class tension, secrets, half-truths, a knife, a boathouse, and of course an enigmatic, handsome sidekick.
The writing style is light and descriptive. The setting and mood are vivid and superbly authentic. The characters, including the intelligent, independent heroine, are well-developed ...more
Set in 1920s England, members of the nobility enthusiastically congregate to participate in the Masquerade ball hosted by Franklin Hargrove, the wealthy oil magnate who is also the father of Denise. From the ver ...more
I already loved the Lady Alkmene mysteries since reading Book #1, and Fatal Masquerade does not disappo ...more
Just like the first one Fatal Masquerade almost immediately jumps into action. It's the classic case of a murderous dinner pa ...more
Alkmene is on her first visit to Hargrove Eastate with her relatively new friend, Denise Hargrove. She is the daughter of the landowner but does not get on with his second wife, her step mother, Cecily. Not getting on is a ...more
Oh my goodness this book was fabulous!! I simply adored it - the story was brilliant and the descriptive nature used brought the 1920s to life and I really felt as though I was living the story with the characters!
This was the first book that I had read in the series and even though it is book 4 it can most definitely be read as a stand alone! I read a lot of darker crime books and psychological thrillers but I do like to go for lighter and more cosy cri ...more
Absutely fantastic read . The more books I read by Vivian the more I'm becoming addicted and I'm already collecting and seriously wondering if Vivian is a reincarnation of Agatha Christie, these books are fantastic.
As always I will not give spoilers but will say that this story grips you and pulls you in and in many directions, one moment you think know, then something else comes in and your back to square one, in the best possible water, it k ...more
I really warmed to Lady Alkmene Callender and found her a feisty character, a sort of younger version of Miss Marple (another character I love!). Her relationship with Jake Dubois is written brilliantly and I lo ...more
Nope. The author just chose to leave a few cliff-hangers. . . . which I found a totally unsatisfactory manner to end a light mystery novel. That might have been overlooked if I had been smitten with the book ...more
Based in the 1920’s, we join Lady Alkmene Callender as she arrives at the family home of her young friend, Denise Hargrove, in order to attend a masquerade ball hosted by Denise’s wealthy father and his new wife.
There are a number of guests at the house party and they certainly are a bit of an odd bunch, including nervy ...more
Concern for the increasingly erratic behavior of Denise Hargrove, Alkmene's best friend who has entered into an undesirable romantic entanglement ...more
During the ball a murder occurs at the boat house; Lady Alkmene discovers the body and is first on the scene, or so it appears. The police are bumbling and incompetent, allowing Lady Alkmene and her partner, journalist Ja ...more
When you take a set of wonderful and witty characters, glamorous masquerade ball, and devious murder - you've got yourself a perfect detective story. And speaking of a detective - what a charming, smart, goodhearted and sassy little investigator we found in a face of Lady Alkmene! This is a 4th book featuring Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois "partnership". However, this is the first book of the series that I've read. The first 3 books are already on my to-r ...more
Not everyone wants to read brutal psychological stories that mess with your head and make your little grey cells ask for a break, although admittedly I love those a lot.
Some readers want the eloquence and eccentricities of Christie-like characters combined with the quirky scenarios of Beaton, witty ...more
Lady Alkmene is going to a masked ball with her friend Denise Hargrove. The ball will be held at palatial Hargrove estate. The family and guests are wealthy and prestigious, and the ball should be an extravagant affair. Sometime during the festivities, Lady Alkene ...more
If you enjoy the Miss Fisher Mysteries you will enjoy Vivian Conroy’s charming series featuring Lady Alkmene and reporter Jake Dubois. Set against the glittering backdrop of England in the 1920’s these stories have murder, suspense and just a hint of romance.
In Fatal Masquerade, Lady Alkmene accompanies her friend Denise to a grand party at her father’s estate. No expense is spared in preparing for the event, and a who’s who of business and aristocracy is expected to attend. Lady Alkmene’s first ...more
I didn't think that there was really any way that Vivian Conroy could possibly make me love Jake Dubois anymore than I already did after the first three books in the Lady Alkmene series. I was so very wrong.
Fatal Masquerade sees Alkmene and Jake at a house party where they are to attend a masquerade ball. Of course, someone turns up dead. And, of course, our dynamic duo has to get in the middle of things to investigate. Sticking to the true Christie-esque fashi ...more
An enjoyable easy to read mystery, with some likeable characters, and some quite awful ones.
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This time round Lady Alkmene finds herself as a guest at a house party which includes a masked ball, a dead body and no shortage of suspects and intrigue. This is a really fun read, as well as giving the brain a good workout. With Lady Alkmene, it's never who you fi ...more