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Ask Me No Questions

(Lady Dunbridge Mystery #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  438 ratings  ·  93 reviews
"Witty, racy, and full of gorgeous period detail, Ask Me No Questions is the perfect book for all of us who miss Downtown Abbey." --Tasha Alexander, NewYork Times bestselling author

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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Forge
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Chanel Cleeton
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Brimming with wit and rich historical detail, this atmospheric and charming mystery transports readers to the lively Manhattan social scene at the start of the twentieth century. Fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries will fall in love with the intrepid Lady Dunbridge as she puts her crime-solving skills to the test with ingenuity and panache.
Randee Green
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
ASK ME NO QUESTIONS by Shelley Noble is the first novel in the Lady Dunbridge Mystery Series, and it is due out October 16th 2018 by Forge Books.

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.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

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
Anna Lee Huber
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Noble introduces her formidable sleuth, Lady Dunbridge, with a bang, quite literally, when the philandering, horse-mad husband of her American friend is shot in broad daylight. Her ladyship is quickly forced to take matters into her own hands, lest her friend be arrested for murder. This first book in a new series is deftly plotted, well-researched, sharp with wit, and teases at the possibility of future romance. Highly intriguing and entertaining.
Carole Jarvis
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

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
Linda Zagon
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “Ask Me No Questions” “A Lady Dunbridge Mystery” by Shelley Noble

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.

Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble, Ask Me No Questions is the first in the Lady Dunbridge Mystery series featuring a widow turned sleuth in turn-of-the-twentieth century New York City.
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.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ask Me No Questions is the first book in the A Lady Dunbridge Mystery series.

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
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
The first book in the Lady Dunbridge does show some potential as the characters are overall fun and there is definitely more to explore. However as a mystery it fell flat. Lady Dunbridge is a slightly scandalous widow who has moved to New York to visit her equally scandalous friend. When the friend's husband is murdered pretty much in front of them, they start trying to figure out why he was killed. If only they had spent more time actually thinking about the crime instead of the numerous conver ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

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
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edwardian, mystery
Lady Philomena Dunbridge might be a widow (good riddance to bad husbands) but she's not a dowager! She has no intentions of returning to her father's home, living in the moldy dower house with a "suitable" companion or living with her crazy great-aunt in the back of beyond. Luckily her grandmother has left Phil some money which Phil uses to pay for passage to New York! Along the way she picks up a mysterious new maid to assist her longtime butler, Prestwick, in helping her in her new life in Ame ...more
Kathy Martin
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lady Philomena Dunbridge is recently widowed and also in the midst of a new scandal when she helps solve a crime. At twenty-seven, she feels to young to be considered a dowager and too old to be back under the thumb of the father who married her to the much older and dissolute earl when she was seventeen.

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
I really enjoyed this book. A good start to a new series.

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,
Caitlin Keely
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun mystery with a charming and likable protagonist. I was reminded of the Miss Fisher murder mysteries mixed with Elizabeth Peter’s books about archaeologist and sleuth, Amelia Peabody.

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
Susan Morris
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun, fast mystery, but I did feel there should have been some timeline editing done. And at times I felt more sorry for Detective Atkins than Lady Dunbridge, as she was stubbornly annoying. But further installments in series may iron out some of that. (Own)
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *

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
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-group
I just enjoy turn of the century mystery/romance. I have enjoyed several of the authors books. The only downfall is that she went from one publisher to another and left me hanging on two different series she was writing. Very frustrating.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
An early 20th century mystery with a spunky recently widowed English countess reinventing herself in New York. It has a bit of Downton Abbey in it, and a little Sherlock Holmes, too. I took a while for me to get on board with the story, but I ended up liking it enough that I'll read the sequel when it comes out later this year.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really well done, save a few grammatical errors I caught. I look forward to the next installment. The only thing I didn’t see resolved was the second body. But I enjoyed the story and the carry over to the next in the series. Perfect for fans of Tasha Alexander, which is where I saw the recommendation.
Malvika Jaswal
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating : 3.5 stars
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
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
ASK ME NO QUESTIONS by Shelley Noble
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
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Life has been very limited thus far for Lady Philomena (Phil) Dunbridge, whose parents married her off at age 17 to an older titled man of means. When her husband, the Earl, dies suddenly of a heart attack after years in an unfulfilling marriage, Phil's future seems bleak. Her family expects her to either return home or live nearby with a chaperone. Longing for independence and excitement, Phil is determined to leave England and begin her life anew. She sets sail on the SS Oceanic for New York C ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I was so excited to get my hands on Shelley Noble’s Ask Me No Questions. Personally, my favorite mystery novels are also period novels. (I won’t lie, I consider mystery novels placed in the 90s as period novels at this book, because technology solves for half the problems they face.) Taking place in New York during 1907 it captures a little of everything I love. The drama of the clothing and energy of the time, as well as a murder mystery to follow along. I was provided a copy from Macmillin Tor ...more
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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.

Diane Hernandez
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ask Me No Questions is an excellent start to a new gilded age female amateur detective series.

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
Alexia Cambaling
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Netgalley and Tor/Forge!

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
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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
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(A Lady Dunbridge Mystery)

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
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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


Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Shelley Noble is a multi published fiction author whose books have been translated into seven languages. She writes women’s fiction as Shelley Noble and is also the author of several amateur sleuth mystery series, written as Shelley Freydont.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. She also consults on var

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