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A Murderous Marriage

(A Lady & Lady's Maid Mystery #4)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  313 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, are preparing for a wedding, but it may not be the happy occasion everyone hopes for . . .
Since the Great War, some family fortunes have suffered, including those of the Renshaws. Despite being the granddaughter of an earl, Julia Renshaw is under pressure to marry for money—and has settled for Gilbert Townsend, a vi
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Published February 1st 2019 by Kensington Books (first published January 29th 2019)
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Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Murderous Marriage
Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery #4
By Alyssa Maxwell
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele


Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, are preparing for a wedding, but it may not be the happy occasion everyone hopes for . . .

Since the Great War, some family fortunes have suffered, including those of the Renshaws. Despite being the granddaughter of an earl, Julia Renshaw is
Lady Julia Renshaw's wedding day has arrived and while the bride is sure she knows what she is doing, her family is not quite convinced. Julia will not be marrying her true love but rather Gilbert Townsend, a Viscount and wealthy industrialist 40 years her senior. Phoebe and Amelia are very concerned for their sister but Julia believes in sacrificing herself for the good of the family. She will surely outlive her husband and then be free to do whatever she wants. The wedding takes place on board ...more
I really have enjoyed this series immensely - the amount of research that the author must do to write these stories is amazing and really fills the book with stories that are believable and characters that you wish that you could know in person. In my opinion though, this was the best of the series so far.

Even though most stories have an air of unbelivability to them, I find that these don't - I find that I believe that these three sisters to get themselves embroiled in the escapades that they
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
Lady Julia Renshaw marries Viscount Gilbert Townsend to fulfill her duty to her family. That same evening, she confides to her sisters that she might have made a mistake. Nonetheless, she steels herself and returns to the yacht where she and her husband will spend their honeymoon. Gil is nowhere to be seen. Believing him to be on deck for a breath of fresh air, she goes to bed. In the morning, he’s still missing. And then his body is found. The police interview witnesses who say Lady Julia menti ...more
Robin Leslie Coxon
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although I haven't read the previous three books in this series, I found I was able to read A Murderous Marriage without any problem. I enjoyed Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her faithful maid, Eva Huntford, as both represent strong women characters. Historical fiction, especially those set in England/Ireland fascinate me and Alyssa Maxwell did a fantastic job in creating a background that fits within this storyline.
Louise Bergin
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this historical cozy mystery series and have read all the books to date. In addition to the murder, the author explores the family dynamics of Phoebe (the lady of A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery series). I especially liked how the youngest child and heir appeared to be maturing in this book. I have a harder time warming up to the oldest sister of Phoebe, due to things that happened previously in the series. Phoebe wants to be closer to her sister, but she is standoffish to any ...more
Melissa Dee
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightfully full of period (between the wars) details, this novel has great upstairs/downstairs interactions between the lady and her maid. Changing times and mores are clearly reflected in the interplay of the many characters in this engaging historical murder mystery. Although the end clearly sets up follow-up stories, the murder mystery is tidily solved by the last page.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Helen Howerton
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Murderous Marriage, the latest in the Lady and Lady’s Maid series, starts with an unfortunate wedding. Phoebe Renshaw’s sister Julia is marrying the Viscount Annondale, a man much older than herself. She doesn’t love him, of course; it’s just necessary to save the family fortunes. The gossip begins immediately, the bride soon regrets her decision (not soon enough, for many reasons, that may become apparent in a later book), and thus the scene is set for disaster, as such things usually are. Wi ...more
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Wow !! Nothing can prepare you for what A Murderous Marriage has in store for the reader. Alyssa Maxwell is effortlessly able to send the reader back in time with her words..... As soon as you open the book and begin reading, you feel like you just got out of a time machine and are back in the year 1920 where you would think things would be much easier and the stress factor would be low. But that is not the case when you hang around the Renshaw family.

In A Murderous Marriage you begin the story
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Renshaw is off on a trip to Cowes, a small town on an island of the southern coast of England. Julie, the oldest daughter is about to marry Gillbert Townsend, a viscount and wealthy businessman. Unfortunately, she is not marrying for love. Townsend is significantly older than she is, and the Renshaws are struggling to keep their own state afloat. Lady Phoebe, one of Julia's younger sisters, and their long-time ladies' maid are along for the trip.

Once the marriage ceremony concludes, the whol
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to have received an Advanced Reader's Edition of this book from Alyssa Maxwell. This is the the fourth book in the Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery series, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as I enjoyed the first three.

The story takes place in April 1920, so the characters are all dealing with memories of the Great War. They are also living through the changes to the class-conscious culture in England following the war. The main characters are Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lad
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
“A Murderous Marriage” earns 5/5 Soggy Nuptials…Clever and Engaging!

When I need a “Downton Abbey” fix, I know exactly where to go…A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery by Alyssa Maxwell. And the newest book…Wow! I'll have my tea in the library, Carson! Oops, I was channeling my inner Lady of the Manor…

I was totally engaged…Lady Phoebe Renshaw’s sister Julia is preparing to go down the aisle and marry the much older viscount Gilbert Townsend. Grams is demanding, younger sister Amelia is excited, Julia’s
Julia, the eldest Renshaw, is marrying Gilbert, a wealthy viscount who is much older and has an insufferable personality. When Gil was found dead by being drowned, Julia ends up as the prime suspect.

I thought that for a historical cozy mystery, the story was very informative, but somehow lacked the warmth of other titles. I am fascinated with the details presented to make this authentic for the time period it's supposed to be set in, but for me, the details of the settings overpower what is supp
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
3.75 stars

Another entertaining entry in the unlikely but readable Lady and Lady's Maid series. Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her odd family find themselves in the midst of turmoil when her sister Lady Julia becomes a bride and a widow all in the same night.

The family dynamic is tangled, and the impoverished but blue blooded clan has mixed feelings about Julia's marriage to a much older and very wealthy man. Julia has made it clear that she is marrying for money. Her grandmother and younger brother Fo
Bethany Swafford
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Lady Phoebe Renshaw is concerned her sister Julia has caved to pressure to restore the family fortune by marrying where she does not love. When tragedy strikes and Julia is arrested for murder, Phoebe and her maid Eva get to work to prove Julia's innocence and find the true murderer.

Though I've read other books by this author, this was my first introduction to the Lady and Lady's Maid series. It is the fourth book in the series, but as a new reader, it was easy to catch up.

The story alternates b
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I would like to thank the author, Alyssa Maxwell, for the opportunity to read an Advance Readers Copy of A Murderous Marriage.
It’s April 1920 and the Renshaws are gathered on the Isle of Wight for the wedding of Lady Julia to Gilbert Townsend, Viscount Annondale, a wealthy industrialist 40 years her senior. Lady Julia feels that she must marry him to help her family, and secure their estate.
The wedding night does not go smoothly. Lady Julia, now Lady Annondale, find herself suspected of t
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Alyssa Maxwell’s forays into the Gilded Age in the United States as well as her escapades with Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva.

This latest installment opens in April, 1920 at Cowes, Isle of Wight with Phoebe and her family dressed and ready to attend, her elder sister’s, Lady Julia’s wedding to a much older man, Viscount Gil Townsend. Phoebe and her younger sister Amelia are troubled by the match and try to convince Julia to call off the wedding. Unfortunately Julia’s reply consis
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
A MURDEROUS MARRIGE, the fourth book in the lovely Lady and Lady’s Maid series, is the best yet in the series. Great period detail, authentic characters, and a solid mystery come together to make a really enjoyable read.

This installment finds Lady Phoebe’s sister Julia in the hot seat after her husband of one day is found dead. Sure that she is innocent, Phoebe and her maid Eva set out to find the real culprit and clear Julia’s name. There are plenty of suspects to choose from, all with good mot
Susan Johnston
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: I do like Lady Phoebe. She is a modern woman trapped in a world that still devalues intelligence in a woman. Being highly born is not a plus for her either as Society tends to frown upon her amateur sleuthing. Thankfullly she is more than ably abetted by her Lady’s Maid, and assorted others who do not hold such antiquated views. After all, it is 1920!
She will need all her wits when her elder sister enters into a loveless marriage only to be made a widow on her wedding n
May 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Others have already given a detailed summary of the plot so these are just my thoughts upon reading this book.

It was with some trepidation that I decided to give this book a try. I suspected it would be full of unpleasant, snobbish people doing & saying unpleasant and snobbish things. Upon reading the first 20 or so pages, I was right! I didn't like any of the characters. The fact that there were so many of them made it worse! I also found the pacing as I had suspected it would be given it's a "
AM writes mysteries of the type of Miss Marple; there are murders and complicated plotting, but no angst ridden detectives of the Scandinavian type. I like the previous 3 volumes and this one does not disappoint. AM handles the class distinctions between the Lady's Maid and her Lady very well; how many young Ladies were relatively (for the time) democratic I think is unlikely (despite the BBC series where Lord and Lady X (I didn't watch the series) are concerned with the happiness of every serva ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Julia resigned herself to marrying Gil Townsend in order to save the family estate but she didn't murder him. We know that and so do her sister Lady Phoebe and her "maid" Eva. This is another delightful outing for those last two, who are the epitome of the intrepid amateur detectives, albeit in 1920s UK. Who did murder Gil, making Julia a bride and a widow on the same day? There is a good cast of suspects and you might well like one of them for it more than the others (even if that one turn ...more
Lady Phoebe Renshaw is worried about her sister. She knows Julia is in love with Leo but she is marrying Gilbet Townsend who is wealthy, but decades older than her. Gilbert's sister Phoebe doesn't seem to like either Golbert or Julia and his secretary is weirdly possessive. Phoebe was surprised that the honey.oon was to be aboard a yacht and is aghast that Gilbert's best friend is slated to accompany the newlyweds on their honeymoon. There are many things that are off about the scenario. It gets ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lives and times for everyone are changing in England after the Great War. Lady Phoebe and her lady's maid Eva have to figure out who killed Lady Phoebe's new brother-in-law who was murdered after the wedding to Lady Julia. These changing times and Phoebe and Eva's previous success with solving mysteries means the family trusts them to figure things out even as the local police hold the new bride as the main suspect. Good mystery, lovely characters, and an interesting time period. You do not need ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oh-the-mystery
Tensions are high as on the day after Julia's wedding, the groom is found murdered. With Julia as the prime suspect, Phoebe and Eva eagerly don their thinking caps to solve a murder and clear Julia's good name!
Drama and tensions are high in this book, and the relationships of the Renshaw family tested and renewed. Guests of the couple, put into question, as well as secrets and conspiracies unveiled. The story had just a few slow points, but I still really enjoyed this book, as I have the previou
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Because of their failing family fortune Lady Julia Renshaw has been pressurised into marrying for money. Marriage to wealthy and very much older Viscount Annondale takes place at Cowes in April 1920. The marriage breakfast is on the Annondale's yacht with all the suspects on-board when Annondale goes missing. Circumstances lead Inspector Lewis to arrest Lady Julia for murder. It is left to Lady Phoebe and her maid Eva to solve the puzzle.
An enjoyable cosy mystery.
A NetGalley Book
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fourth Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery

A wedding should be a happy event, but that's not the case in the Isle of Wight. Everyone knows it's not a love match between Lady Julia Renshaw and the viscount forty years her senior. Despite her sisters protestations that she can and should walk away, Julia marries Gil Townsend to ensure the coffers of the family home are full. The nuptials seem a hasty occasion with the reception on board the yacht named after the g
Lady Phoebe's beautiful sister Julia is getting married--but not to the scarred World War I veteran she loves. Her groom is a wealthy industrialist forty years older, and many of the people in his life disapprove of his decision to find a young bride. When he dies on the wedding night, the police arrest Julia--the granddaughter of an earl!--and Phoebe, with the help of her faithful maid Eva, tries to find the real murderer.
Tara Ames
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sat on the edge of my seat, reading, reading, reading, dying to know who did it!!!! I love Alyssa Maxwell's style of writing. Her descriptions are unbelievable. I feel I'm there in the story as one of the guests and can see the décor, admire the style of dress, and smell the promise of a murder to come followed by a round of questionable suspects. I highly recommend this series.
Cindy Ladensack
A good mystery and an intriguing setting on the Isle of Wight, but I kinda figured out whodunnit (but, to be fair, not why).... I also still feel that Eva is given (or takes) far too many liberties given her station; she often feels too similar to Phoebe. I find the characterization of some of the others in this series (Julia, Grandmother) a tad inconsistent as well.
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