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Murder in Belgravia

(A Mayfair 100 Murder Mystery #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  893 ratings  ·  183 reviews

The first in an exciting new Mayfair 100 series of nostalgic crime sagas.

Set against the backdrop of WW1, Mayfair 100 is the telephone number for a small specially-formed crimebusting team based in a house in Mayfair. London, 1915. Just 10 months into the First World War, the City is fl
Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published December 6th 2017 by Mirror Books
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This crime historical fiction set in 1915 during WW1 in London by Lynn Brittney was a real pleasure to read. It begins with the murder of Lord Murcheson, stabbed with a pair of scissors in Belgravia. Chief Inspector Beech is investigating but feels he needs more support than the Met can currently provide under Commissioner Sir Edward Henry. He takes the opportunity to ask for a special task force that will help to solve the case. Women have no place in the police is the current thinking, Beech w ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun weekend read, with a murder story set in London in 1915, and mainly female characters, who under the supervision of Chief Inspector Beech form an unofficial investigative team. In the second year of the Great War, women become more engaged in all kinds of professions reserved earlier for men only, The historical background is nicely presented , and various problems of those days are tackled, such as mental and physical scars of the soldiers who returned or women's demand to be rec ...more
Diane S ☔
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This year I had decided to read fewer psychological thrillers, as I found so many disappointed me last year. I also decided to avoid thrillers, mysteries that included, girl, mother or sister in the title, which I have for the most part. This left my more time to indulge in my first love, which are police procedurals and historical mysteries. This, the author first mystery for adults, was a very entertaining historical that certainly kept my interest.

The first World War is on, the Kaiser using Z
"Very few of us are what we seem." (Agatha Christie)

As World War I enters with heavy marching boots into the lives of 1915 London, nary a soul will be untouched by the weight of its presence. Men from all walks of life are uniformed and sent to fight the good fight in France and beyond. It is a time of mixed emotions, questionable identities, and the shifting of roles in society.

Because of the lack of males in the homes and businesses, women step forward to fulfill their obligations. You can alm
A very thrilling historical mystery.This one starts slowly, like a straightforward whodunnit, but quickly evolves in something much more complex and fascinating. Set in London during World War I, we have soldiers, street gangs, prostitution rings and much, much more, and it all works together well to create an intricate mystery.

There is a progressive police inspector who decides to put together a team of individuals to help solve his case, including a female lawyer and doctor which was unheard
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This was a case of reading book one having already read book two, but it made no difference to my enjoyment at all. It just gave me a better insight into the characters.

Murder in Belgravia is set in London during WW1 and the historical detail is impressive and intriguing. The misuse of drugs such as cocaine was frightening, although the options at that time were limited and the wounds that men were returning with from the fighting were horrendous. When a woman in the story is treated with a Wint
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
With WWI taking more and more British men away from their homes, women are stepping up to take their places, the suffragettes are campaigning actively for women's rights and the breakdown of the class structure is underway. Chief Inspector Beech of Scotland Yard has long felt that female police should be recruited to the police force but has been told the Home Office does not agree. However, his Commissioner has allowed him to set up an experimental special unit comprised of a young constable, e ...more
It was 1915 and with WWI hovering in the background, it was the murder of an aristocrat with the suspected murderer being his wife, that had Chief Inspector Peter Beech persuading the Chief Commissioner to allow him full control over a small, select and secret group to do the investigating. The house in Mayfair which was to be their base, with the telephone number Mayfair 100, would house the specialist team as they endeavoured to solve their first case.

But everything wasn’t as it seemed. A youn
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder in Belgravia is the first book in a new series, the Mayfair 100 Mysteries. The series is set in World War I era England.

Chief Inspector Peter Beech realizes that crime is changing in the city of London now that the war is going full force. Many women have come to the city to work, taking over jobs previously held by men. Beech comes up with an idea to form a special task force to investigate crimes involving women. He firmly believes that Scotland Yard should add female investigators. Sco
Opens: I refuse to speak to a man” Lady Harriet sat before him –composed and pale.

MURDER IN BELGRAVIA has to be the best Historical Mystery that I’ve read in a long time; and I learned so much! I mean who knew that London was bombed by airships - in WWI? OK – so my husband did – but he’s odd – but I found myself surfing the net for many happy hours delving into this part of history that I didn’t know about once I had finished reading the book. I love it when I am entertained and educated.

The st
Eva Müller
Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Grimdark cozy-mysteries are apparently a thing now. Often cozies are rather clean: the victim wasn’t a good person anyway. The only bad things that ever happened were because of the victim (and possibly the killer). Once the murderer is caught everything is fine again. Or at the very least the (well-adjusted) sleuth has figured out the perfect way to help a way to help the person who is still suffering. (To be clear: I don’t mind that. We all need a bit of
Alice Lippart
Easy to read and interesting mystery, but sadly the characters (especially the women) felt bland, vapid and one-dimensional.
Dana-Adriana B.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great mystery and the main character is Chief Inspector Beech of Scotland Yard. He is called to investigate the murder of Lord Murcheson. I really enjoyed the story - nice plot, love the characters.
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for this copy.
Judy Lesley
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Mirror Books for a digital galley of this novel.

There are quite a few things I liked about this novel. The writing was well done and the plot premise was different from any mystery I've read. There are quite a few characters, with more being added almost all the way through the book, and they were each given enough attention that I was left with an understanding of their character to a larger degree than is usual. The premise for this story is quite clever and the auth
Kathy Martin
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This mystery takes place in London in 1915. It is a time of great change for London and Britain. World War I is raging and social divisions are crumbling. When Chief Inspector Beech is called to a crime scene in Belgravia, he encounters Lady Harriet who is only willing to speak to a married woman of her social class regarding the death of her husband. Luckily, Beech knows a woman doctor who meets Lady Harriet's qualifications since Lady Harriet is definitely in need of a doctor.

When Doctor Carol
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney was an intriguing mystery from beginning to end. I found myself totally immersed into the story. Ms. Brittney's descriptive writing made me feel like I was in the middle of the story the entire time that I was reading. The characters were all likable and their development throughout the story was smoothly inserted as the story progressed. The plot moved swiftly with red herrings, twists and turns and plenty of suspects to keep me guessing. I'm looking forward ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I really loved this cosy historical crime mystery and have marked it already as 'favourite series' as I really want to read more of these.
The set-up is so good - loads of interesting characters brought into a police task force set in 1915 London and then an overriding murder mystery to get your teeth into.
It's a brilliant crime cosy with lots of promise...I can't wait to read more!

Dawn Michelle
I am really, really, fond of Historical Mysteries and this one just jumped into my pile of books that I am really loving and "cannot wait for the next one" piles. I requested this one because I am currently reading both Charles Finch's "The Charles Lennox Series" and the "Maisie Dobbs" series by Jacqueline Winspear and loving both so very much and this one looked like it was along the same lines as both of those series. I was not disappointed.

Set at the beginning of World War 1, the main charac
A very post Edwardian Mystery!__________3.5 stars

I enjoyed the characters in this new series who seem to have wandered out of a post Edwardian soap opera. More like a social justice version of Upstairs Downstairs.
Chief Inspector Beech is tasked by the Commissioner of Scotland Yard to bring together an elite group to meet the changing face of crime. Beech's team consists of intelligent women with special skills, a doctor, lawyer and eventually one other, to investigate situations where it's diffi
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel is set in London in 1915 during the first world war. The war has taken all the able-bodied men and women have assumed a new and more prominent role in the workforce. Also the war has physically and mentally unbalanced many of the returning soldiers all resulting in more crimes against women and more crimes involving women. Chief Inspector Peter Beech approaches his superiors with the need for female police officers who can more readily deal with these women victims. The morality of th ...more
Virginia Appleton
Feb 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Good plot, clearly well researched, historically interesting and accurate, however I found the writing style/prose very simplistic. I personally found the characters and some of the ‘scenarios’ cliched and I’m sorry to say I spent a lot of the book wincing, cringing and rolling my eyes.
Mary Carr
Mar 25, 2019 rated it did not like it

I gave up on this. The writing is irritating. You are told everything instead of being able to understand it yourself which keeps you at a distance and painfully aware of the author not the action.
Arybo ✨
I've always loved books that feature a group of characters as protagonists. In particular, the group set up in this book reminded me of the Bones group, because each of the characters has its own specialization, which helps to solve the case.
The book is set in England at the beginning of the twentieth century: the first clamor of the suffragette movement is already felt, and the author decides to include a good number of women in the narration. Everything stems from the fact that the victim of a
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this and I recommend it, but I did have some issues with it. The characters all feel a bit two-dimensional, and not particularly deep. And the whole thing reminded me a bit of Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, in that many of the characters particularly the women, speak as though they are modern progressive feminists, which doesn't ring totally true. All the main characters are pretty liberal-minded and forward-thinking for 1915. However...I freaking loved Dr Quinn, Medicine ...more
Gosh this was a fun read. A straight-forward murder mystery without any of the 'shocking twists' that ruin a decent crime novel, but with enough action and intrigue and tension to keep me reading to the end (Which is a rare thing indeed in crime novels)

I loved the historical feel to the story and the way it drew me into London in 1915. I enjoy historical mysteries (if they avoid the current trend of trying to be too clever) and this was just perfect.

Engaging, believable characters, enough 'crim
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder In Belgravia is the first book in the Mayfair 100 series.

I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more. I will say that this a darker cozy mystery but not overly so. The story is set during WWI in London, where the social structure is starting to crumble, woman’s suffrage is beginning, and the seamier side showing the ease with which heroin and cocaine could be obtained if one had the money and a doctor who would prescribe them.

The story starts with Chief Inspector Beech bein
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful start to a series! Murder in Belgravia is a delightful and engaging read. I absolutely loved the story. The story is set in Britain during the first World War.

The war had a lot of consequences on people. Not just bombing, there was a rise in crimes in general and crimes against women. And it just doesn’t end there. Drug trade and flesh trade were also at a high. Male brothels and female brothels were frequented by men of high society. Domestic violence in the well-known was also
Tammy Buchli
One of the things I consider when reading a historical novel is whether or not it is evocative - whether in description, dialogue and characterization it adequately evokes a feeling of the time and place in which it is set. This mystery, set in London in 1915, is evocative all right. Unfortunately it doesn’t evoke the feeling of WWI London so much as it evokes the feeling of a TV show set in WWI London. The plot and writing was simplistic and the characterizations superficial. While it was fairl ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It sounded so good in the blurb. A murder mystery set in London at the time of WW I. A cobbled together team of female detectives, who were unofficially working with Scotland Yard, but paving the way for women in the police force.

Unfortunately, I found the characters in the book very bland. The dialogue felt stilted. The first few chapters were convoluted with backstory. Yes, backstory has to be introduced at some point, but it was heaped onto my plate.

A shame, this could have been so much bet
An OK read. I became tired of the men in the unit constantly wanting to "protect" the women. And, the two women in the unit didn't seem to protest very much the men putting restrictions on the women's movements or involvement in chasing down clues to solve the crime. This protectiveness is one way men and patriarchy keep women down and "in their place." I expected more from these women to rebel, push the envelope against these patriarchal restrictions. I won't be reading more of this series. ...more
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Lynn Brittany has been a writer for almost thirty years and has written several adult and children’s non-fiction books and many plays for adults and children that have been performed all over the world. Her first young adult novel was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize; the Brandford Boase Award and the Doncaster Book Prize. Her second young adult novel was included in the UK Government’s ...more

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