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Murder in Belgravia

(A Mayfair 100 Murder Mystery #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  83 reviews
PERFECT FOR FANS OF COSY CRIME, DOWNTON ABBEY, FOYLE’S WAR AND THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE.

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 floo
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 13th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books (first published December 6th 2017)
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Paromjit
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
Melisa
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
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Linda
"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
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Brenda
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
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Juli
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Sally906
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
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Dana-Adriana B.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Alice Lippart
Easy to read and interesting mystery, but sadly the characters (especially the women) felt bland, vapid and one-dimensional.
Judy Lesley
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
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Kathy Martin
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aoife
Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review can also be found on my blog

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
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John
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Lisa
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!



Davida Chazan
This is a historical fiction mystery novel that takes place in England during the era of the Great War (WWII). As some of my readers know, I’ve been looking for good mystery books that will compare to those of the late, great Agatha Christie. Find out if “Murder in Belgravia,” Lynn Brittany’s first book in the Mayfair 100 Mystery Novels succeeded in filling the void that Christie left in my review here. https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2018/03/2...
Rekha Rao
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Sarah
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
eyes.2c
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
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Arybo ✨
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***I received an arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review ***
Becky B
Chief Inspector Beech has had the idea to use women in the force for some time now, but his latest case presents an excellent opportunity to form a special team that his superiors allow as a quiet experiment, especially in light of the war on and their short staff. So Beech puts together a team of a lady doctor, a war widow trained in the law, a wounded war vet police officer who is a giant of a man, and a retired police officer who has been brought back into the force useful for his excellent m ...more
Rekha Rao
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
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Deborah J. Nobles
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
London 1915. With war raging in Europe, able-bodied British men are being sent to the battlefields. The workforce is seriously depleted and women are being employed in non-traditional roles. Chief Inspector Peter Beech is assembling an investigative team that demonstrates how women's roles are changing. He is assigned a murder case in Belgravia - the victim is a war veteran and a peer of the realm. He asks his friends Caroline, a doctor, and Victoria, a lawyer, to help solve this crime. This sto ...more
Melissa Dee
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lynn Britney writes a historically rich, if sometimes gory, mystery set in London during the Great War. Her characters are an interesting team of detectives, including professionals, and a couple of amateurs, a highly unusual mixed gender setup predating the presence of women in London’s police force. I look forward to more "Mayfair 100” stories.
Anita
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The genre and period of this book was what first attracted me to it, although when I read some of the reviews, I was surprised to see so many which felt the premise was inappropriate, unnecessarily detailed and repetitive. Undeterred, I forged on and was engaged in the story from the first page.
Ms Brittney’s team of investigators are sympathetic characters, and I felt the repetitions some reviewers commented on served a purpose in that with each of them dashing about town doing different tasks,
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Fred
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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miss.mesmerized mesmerized
London, 1915. Lord Murcheson has been stabbed and murdered in his house, his wife Lady Harriet was found there wounded, too. She claims to have committed to crime with a pair of scissors, which is highly unlikely due to her severe injuries. While Lady Harriet is fighting for her life at the hospital, Chief Inspector Peter Beech takes over the case. The city is at war and thus, men are scarce with the Metropolitan Police. Beech has quite an innovative idea which seems to be more than reasonable f ...more
JJ
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the main protagonists in this book are good souls, polite, hard-working, kind-hearted and get on well with each other.
Set during the First World War we have DI Beech ex-soldier invalided out and from an upper crust family. Then we have Victoria daughter of Lady Maud worked as a hospital orderly, she has a history with Beech, Dr Caroline Allardyce works at the women’s hospital in London. Grew up with Beech and, unbeknownst to him, loves him.
With so many of Britain’s menfolk at the front Bee
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Agnesxnitt
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I meant to savour this book, but I enjoyed it so much I couldn't stop reading much faster than I intended!
A very interesting and promising opening in a new series, set in London during the Great War.
A London Metropolitan Police detective, invalided out of the Army due to an injury sustained in the early days of the war, is summonsed to a Belgravia address to investigate the murder of a member of high society.
His widow is the main suspect and in obvious pain, but refuses to speak to anyone but a
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Nancy
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder in Belgravia was an engaging, smart and satisfying post WW1 period mystery. There is a rich cast of characters and lots of period detail regarding women's employment and social stratification without any trace of tedium.

So often in light mysteries it feels like the author periodically inserts paragraphs (or pages) from Wikipedia to add authenticity or period detail---there was none of this here. The characters rang true and post-war London felt seedy in the right places and bursting with
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Kimberly
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a series known the Mayfair 100 Murder Mysteries. The story takes place in Mayfair, London, in 1915. Mayfair 100 is the telephone number for the home where the special crew of investigators base their operations. Following are my Pros and Cons:

Pros
1. The author described the time period and locations well. I love historical novels in just about any genre, so I enjoyed this aspect of the book. It was a solid historical mystery.
2. I definitely appreciated the focus on inte
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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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