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Fatal Masquerade

(Lady Alkmene Callender Mysteries #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  33 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 4th 2017 by HQ Digital
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Holly  B
Blog tour stop on October 16, 2017

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
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
I'm so glad Vivian Conroy came out with the fourth book featuring Lady Alkmene. I was highly anticipating this one. In this book we are invited to a masquerade ball with Alkmene and her best friend, Denise. However, once at Denise's home we find that it's not quite a happy atmosphere. Tensions run high as Denise and her stepmother argue, servants act above their station, psychologists probe where they shouldn't, and talk of murder at dinner sets guests on edge. Once the ball is underway, murder ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mysterious, atmospheric, and delightfully entertaining!

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
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Lady Alkmene Callender attends a masked ball thrown in the home of her best friend, Denise, the last thing she expects is to be thrown into a murder scene but that is exactly what happens. Surrounded by the trappings and beauty of wealth and privilege, a dark force writhes and slithers and it will be up to Alkmene with the help of the dashing Jake Dubois, to make sure an innocent person does not take the fall for the real murderer. But as they inch closer to the truth, they will find themse ...more
Nothing should disrupt the masquerade ball which Lady Alkmene Callender is attending with her best friend Denise Hargrove, but that wouldn’t be much of a story, would it? Get ready for blackmail, family arguments, mystery and murder in this brilliant read, the fourth Lady Alkmene mystery.

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
Ella (The Story Collector)
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, historical, mystery
When Lady Alkmene Callender and Jake Dubois attend a glamourous masked ball, the last thing they expect is to end up involved in the murder of a servant. As the one who finds the body, Lady Alkmene herself is under suspicion and, following the arrest of an innocent young maid, Alkmene and Dubois are determined to do everything in their power to catch the real murderer and save an innocent life.

I already loved the Lady Alkmene mysteries since reading Book #1, and Fatal Masquerade does not disappo
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
After reading A Proposal to Die For I was excited to read another book by Vivian and return to the world of Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois. Luckily, Fatal Masquerade proved to be an exciting addition to the Lady Alkmene Mystery Series. Combining together a new mystery as well as a mystery from the past, Fatal Masquerade had me dying for the big finale the whole way through.

Just like the first one Fatal Masquerade almost immediately jumps into action. It's the classic case of a murderous dinner pa
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth in the “Lady Alkmene Mystery” series of books. I have read the first one “A Proposal to Die For”, so was interested to see what, if anything had changed or been carried through from the first one, as well as the more important on going character developments.

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
Donna Maguire

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
Gwessie Tee
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recieved in return for an honest review
Naughtiness 1*

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
Melisa Broadbent
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth instalment of the Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois mystery but I personally think it can be read as a standalone story if you haven’t read the other books. The book gives us enough knowledge of each character to not spoil too much in the previous cases they have worked on.

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
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I have read scores of country house mysteries and as many "series" mysteries, so I think I am schooled in the genre. I was completely flummoxed when I arrived at the last page of this book---there was so much unresolved "business" that I thought I missed a chapter, or my book was incomplete.

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
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fatal Masquerade puts me in mind of a good old-fashioned whodunit, with a single location, a limited selection of suspects and a classic bit of misdirection. What’s not to love?!

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
Frankie Reviews
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book four in the Lady Alkmene Mysteries sees our lady sleuth invited to a masquerade party at the home of the wealthy Franklin Hargrove as soon as she steps through the front door it is instantly clear that there is something very wrong with the household which intrigues our Alkmene and when journalist Jake Dubois turns up under the pretence of writing a story about the lords new foray into motor engines she knows that something is amiss. Why would Jack be there just to write a story about a mot ...more
Yvette (bookworlder)
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another country house, another cast of characters, another murder to solve, and oh, what fun it is!  The fourth outing in the Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery series treats the reader to a bit of an upstairs-downstairs story, as Alkmene and reporter Jake Dubois both end up attending a masked ball thrown at the country estate of the upper crust Hargrove family.

Concern for the increasingly erratic behavior of Denise Hargrove, Alkmene's best friend who has entered into an undesirable romantic entanglement
Karen Cole
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fatal Masquerade is the fourth Lady Alkmene book but the first I have read and can be enjoyed as a standalone. Most of the crime books I read tend to be quite dark but now and again I like to mix it up with a cosy mystery and Fatal Masquerade certainly fits the bill. I love the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries TV series and this is very much in the same vein. The setting for the book will also invite comparisons with Downton Abbey. It's the sort of book where you just have to allow yourself to be ...more
Rosie Amber
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cosy-mystery
Lady Alkmene has been invited to a masked ball at the family home of best friend Denise Hargrove. With a houseful of suspects guests and more invited for the actual ball, the setting reminded me of other well known ‘Whodunnit’ style mysteries like Miss Marple or Johnathan Creek.

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
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely read, I enjoyed this book very much.

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
Cheryl M-M
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The cosy mystery is often delegated to the inconsequential, fluffy and comfortable read shelf. It simply isn’t given its dues. It is actually a really popular sub-genre of the crime and mystery genre.

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
Leith Devine
I love all Vivian Conroy's writing, but Fatal Masquerade was hard to get into and the plot wasn't as compelling as previous Lady Alkmene books. I finished it, and enjoyed it, because it improved at the end as the story line wrapped up.

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
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

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
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults, fans of mysteries and Agatha Christie
This was a truly cozy mystery, part of a series, but with well developed and likeable characters. The action moved along, not too swiftly, but quick enough to not get bored or bogged down with overly elaborate narrative. The plot also fit well with the time period. It is definitely a stand alone book, although references do indicate that Lady Alkmene and Jake have had previous adventures. There is a real equality between the two of them, neither "rescuing" the other or getting in dangerous situa ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely gobsmacked.


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
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got started with my love of mysteries when I read my mother's collection of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. Cozies, especially ones set in England of the 1920's and 1930's, get my attention every time. I've read the previous three in this series and, while this entry can be read out of order, I would urge starting from the beginning so that you get the most out of the relationship between our sleuthing duo of Lady Alkmene and Jake DuBois. Be still my heart. But I digress....Lady Alkmene ...more
Kathleen Gray
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh these are fun books! You don't need to have read the earlier ones- Conroy has a nice way of making you know her characters very quickly. Lady Alkmene and her friend Jake Dubois (sigh) have come to a ball, invited by her friend Denise. Since it's a cozy, you know there's going to be a murder, that Denise is going to be a suspect, and that Lady Alkmene and Jake will investigate. What makes it different is that it's set in the 1920s in a castle! There's an upstairs/downstairs issue, there are po ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was my first book in this murder mystery series and it wasn't that hard to figure out the relationships. The main characters were interesting and I might read the next book in the series because of them. My big problems were with the mystery itself. It was so not subtle that by the time the book gets to the big reveal of the murderer I wasn't surprised in the least. Usually, the murderer is the one that isn't brought up as suspect or is too easily discounted. Instead the murderer is the one ...more
Deborah Crain
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy this series when I am looking for some light, easy reading. This installment is a classic manor house mystery trying to determine whodunit from the dinner guests. This series is not heavy on details or settings, but the characters are engaging, as you follow them and the clues to its satisfying conclusion. The plot moves along at a nice pace, and the secondary plot lines are not distracting. Alkmere and Jake make a good team and their developing emotions for each other a pleasant ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In this 1920's set cozy mystery, Lady Alkmene Callender has been invited to a masked ball, held by the family of her new best friend, Denise. But the discovery of a body is not the only suspicious activity that is occuring. Why is her partner, Jake Dubois, at the house under false pretenses. Can they together find the guilty party.
An enjoyable easy to read mystery, with some likeable characters, and some quite awful ones.
A NetGalley Book
Chantel DaCosta
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm glad Lady Alkmene and Jake are back, plus Fatal Masquerade returns to the blackmailing ring first mentioned in book one. I can't wait to read book five in this digital shorts cozy mystery series. There are several unresolved aspects from this mystery. I hope book five comes soon, I need find out more about the Hargroves and the Zeilovskys.
Grace J Reviewerlady
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I looked forward, with expectation, to Fatal Masquerade and I was not disappointed. With each novel I read by Vivian Conroy, the feeling that she is a natural successor to Agatha Christie increases - she scripts a really fine mystery!

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
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Other books in the series

Lady Alkmene Callender Mysteries (4 books)
  • A Proposal to Die For (Lady Alkmene #1)
  • Diamonds of Death (Lady Alkmene #2)
  • Deadly Treasures (Lady Alkmene #3)