Ask Me No Questions
Murder and scandals abound in Noble's fresh look at the dazzling world of 1907 Manhattan, from the decadence of high society balls to the underbelly of Belmont horse racing, with an amateur sleuth a ...more
Lady Philomena “Phil” Dunbridge is just out of mourning for her not-so-dearly departed husband, and she is ready for a fresh start in New York. Phil has just barely stepped off the ocean liner when her friend’s husband is shot to death while waiting to give them a ride. Phil’s friend, Beverly, quickly becomes the police’s number one suspect. ...more
We meet Lady Dunbridge after mourning her husband’s death for two years. She and her “maid” and butler journey to Manhattan in 1907 where her friend Bev Reynolds will introduce her to all her high society friends. Right after they get off the ship gunshots ring out, she hears Bev scream, and chaos ensues. Getting through the crowd they find Bev’s husband dead in the arms of a floradora girl crying that he killed himself. The evidence doesn’t support that claim and ...more
Ask Me No Questions is a fascinating mystery of the highest quality, atmospheric and witty, and it was like I was in another world as I poured through its pages. Shelley Noble effortlessly draws readers into the 1907 world of New York City through rich historical detail and vivid descriptions.
Lady Philomena Dunbridge (Phil) is a compelling lead character. She’s strong, determined, smart, and sly. Phil likes to flirt, lives life as she pleases, and is not easi ...more
Shelley Noble, Author of “Ask Me no Questions”, ” A Lady Dunbridge Mystery” has written a witty, intriguing. entertaining, and suspenseful novel. The Genres for this Novel are Mystery, Fiction and Historical Fiction. The time line for this novel is the turn of the twentieth century. The author describes her quirky and colorful characters as complex, complicated and suspect.
An enjoyable mystery novel with a fun set of characters. Looking forward to the next one in the series. I found it to a very enjoyable read.
Lady Philomena Dunbridge has just finished a suitable period of mourning for her husband an article in the newspaper refers to her as Lady Dowager. At twenty-six years old, she feels that she is too young to be called a dowager. Philomena(Phil) decides that she will head for America and start a new life. She writes Bev Reynolds, they had attended the same finishing school, asking if she could stay with the R ...more
Although this is the first book in a new series, it has a bit of the feeling of starting in the middle (in a good way), as Lady Philomena Dunbridge seems to have already solved at least one mystery ahead of the police when we first meet her. In London. Being lectured to and ordered about by her father.
Who seems to have forgotten that Phil is a widow of independent means, and no longer under his control. He also doesn’t seem to understand just ...more
Phil decides to travel to New York to visit an old school friend and start a new life for herself. Unfortunately she arrives just in time to find her old friend in the midst of a scandal of her ...more
Lady Dunbridge is a good, solid, likable main character, and the situation the author has placed her in offers lots of good opportunity for interesting situations in the future. I can definitely see Phil having some entertaining adventures, given how this book wraps up.
The "fish out of water" component is handled in a light-hearted and fun way, with Brit Phil having to deal with the Americans' odd ways and language, ...more
Lady Dunbridge travels to New York City to escape a potential scandal and to be free of her father. The moment she arrives, chaos ensues. Her friend’s husband is shot, his mistress disappears, and Lady Dunbridge has no choice but to solve the mystery before her friend’s reputation is tarnished.
This w ...more
Every once in awhile, I like to read a good traditional mystery. While I might not read many of them, I do watch a ton of mystery TV shows and have since I was a kid, so reading them can feel nostalgic. I absolutely love diving deep in and trying to guess the villians from the clues.
This book provides a great atmosphere while also giving enough clues to let the reader play along. It is an entertaining ...more
Dowager Countess Dunbridge, on a mission to start a whole new life for herself, disembarks off a ship on the American shores to be greeted with a bloodied corpse instead of the more conventional flowers and welcome band. Most other Countess’ would think this is a matter of severe breach of etiquette on the part of the murdered party, but not so the redoubtable Phil. Not only is she not a dowager in the traditional sense, being only 26 years of age, but she is also given t ...more
The First Lady Dunbridge Mystery
Lady Philomena Dunbridge is no stranger to scandal, after all it's scandal that led her to America, but being embroiled in a murder is not the best way to gain entry to Manhattan's high society. Nonetheless, Phil is determined to stick by her schoolgirl pal and hostess, Bev, after Bev's husband is shot to death. Working around an angry detective, a corrupt police force, and a mystery man, Phil will find out jus ...more
The year is 1907. After the death of her husband, Philomena Amesbury, also known as Lady Dunbridge, along with her butler and lady’s maid, boards the SS Oceanic and sails from England to Mahattan where her old friend Beverly Reynolds awaits to introduce her to the very best people in society and to her new life. Disembarking from the ship things go immediately wrong when a shot rings out and Philomena learns that Reggie Reynolds, Bev’s husband, has been shot and killed right there on the dock.
Philomena Amesbury, Lady Dunbridge, has finally finished the obligatory 18-month mourning period for her husband. The Earl of Dunbridge, was, by all accounts, not a very good husband. Deciding that staying in England as a 26-year-old Dowager Countess doesn’t appeal, she escapes to America. With only her aging butler, Preswick, and Lily, a stowaway she decided to make her ladies’ maid, she ar ...more
I requested this book partly because of the nice cover. Honestly, I’ve been wanting to get into the mystery genre more lately and I enjoyed watching this tv series called Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Yes, I know it’s also based on books I haven’t read yet). The description reminded me of the tv show so I decided to request it. Well, if you’re a fan of that one, you might enjoy th ...more
An enjoyable mystery. I have often found stories involving aristocrats do not often portray the class in an endearing manner. But I thought Ms Noble did a fine job in her portrayal of Lady Dunbridge, aka Philomena/Phil. Clearly a lady of the upper classes but inclined to buck tradition to a degree making her a likable character.
I felt Ms. Noble was creating her own mix of Sherlock Holmes and Miss Fisher/Ms. Marple. Her skill in creating a w ...more
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I view the delightfully independent and free-thinking Lady Dunbridge as the Edwardian English version of Victoria Woodhull, the 19th century American who advocated free love, founded a newspaper, and campaigned for the U.S. Presidency in 1872. Both were “quite the woman,” and both captured a certain spirit which now seems almost blasé, but for their times were truly “off the beaten path,” and more likely to ...more
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Ask Me No Questions, is the first book in the new Lady Dunbridge Mystery Series and my first read by Shelley Noble. Lady Philomena Dunbridge is our protagonist, a 26 year old widowed countess who is also an amateur crime-solver.
The story takes place in the early 1900’s in Manhattan, New York. Lady Dunbridge is originally from England but she has decided to come to America after being in mourning for her husband. As soon as s/>/>Follow ...more
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