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Murder at Archly Manor

(High Society Lady Detective #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,060 ratings  ·  375 reviews
A high society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she out-class the killer before an innocent person takes the fall?  

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred. 

Alfred burst into the upper c

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Published December 4th 2018 by S Rosett (first published October 15th 2018)
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Lisa Shafer None. There's no swearing either. There are passing references to cocaine, but the drug is not even named, and it's clear the characters frown upon it…moreNone. There's no swearing either. There are passing references to cocaine, but the drug is not even named, and it's clear the characters frown upon its use.
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Cindy Burnett
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Archly Manor is the fabulous start to a new series starring the very likeable and highly entertaining Olive Belgrave. Despite her posh upbringing, Olive is penniless and needs a job. Hired by her aunt to investigate a man her cousin has decided to marry, Olive attends a weekend party and witnesses a murder. She must solve the crime before someone else becomes the next victim. Rosett has clearly done her research and the time period – fashions, word usage, and Archly Manor itself – is e ...more
Dollycas’s Thoughts
Olive Belgrave didn’t plan to become a detective, but she needed a job and when asked to look in the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred, she can’t refuse. Before she can really delve into his history the man falls to his death at a party right before her eyes. There was someone else on the balcony so now her investigation is expanded into looking for a killer. Everyone the party is now a suspect and the murderer is determined to get away scot-free.


I liked Olive right
Rating: 4 stars

Set in the 1920's England with an energetic, stylish likable h whose mother was American--insisting that she attend a women's college in the US!-- and whose father is a British vicar of the impoverished gentry, this book was just up my alley. Unlike Phryne Fisher from the Kerry Greenwood books, Kerry Greenwood, Olive is far more, ahem, respectable and relatable to the less liberated in terms of scandalous and very modern behavior. That does not make Olive or this book less interes
Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett is the first book in The High Society Lady Detective series. Olive Belgrave has left her family home and struck out on her own in London. She has been unsuccessful at finding a position despite her education. She gets a desperate telegram from her cousin, Gwen Stone asking her to visit Parkview. Gwen’s flighty sister, Irene has gotten herself engaged to Alfred Eton. Violet’s mother, Caroline and Gwen are not fans of the man and he has provided few details on ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett is the first book in the High Society Lady Detective series and I hope this will continue for some time.

I found Ms. Rosett's writing to be descriptive and smoothly paced as the characters were introduced to the reader. I like Olive and cheered her on as she tried to find a way to make a living in London during the 1920s. Being from a higher society, but not the "upper crust", Olive has a few years of college under her belt but no marketable skills. She needs
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this one on audio tape and really enjoyed it. 4.5* from me.
Gail C.
I received an advanced digital copy of Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett from NetGalley and Kobo Writing Life in exchange for an unbiased review. This is the first book in a proposed series by Sara Rosett featuring Olive Belgave, a member of high society in 1920’s England, with one foot in the world of the “bright young things” and the other in the world of work as she tries to make her own way in the world.
This is a solid new entry in the world of historical cozy fiction that introduces w
A good intro a new cozy series set in 1920's England. Love the premise of this series, I mean what's not to like with 1920's England??? This story was a little slow going for me but I have since read book 2 and it was super good. A new series to add to my reading list!
A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like a light mystery read
Shelves: mystery-reads
Rating: 4.4 / 5

This was positively delightful, in a benign sort of way--and by that I mean that you would enjoy it as a soothing cup of tea rather than a heart-stopping mystery. Considering that this was written by a modern day author though, she certain made good and accurate use of all the tropes associated with a typical whodunnit mystery!

Now, I've never read a Miss Marple mystery from Agatha Christie, but I imagine that Olive Belgrave is following in her footsteps as a female detective--set
Olive Belgrave refuses to spend one more minute under her father's roof where her bossy stepmother manages every aspect of Olive's life including trying to marry her off to the local curate. Olive would rather try to make it on her own as a career girl than marry someone she is not attracted to but in 1923 times are tough and jobs for down-at-the-heels Society girls are just not available. when her Aunt Caroline at Parkview Manor expresses concern about cousin Violet's new fiance, Alfred Eton an ...more
Linda Baker
Sara Rosett takes us back to the Roaring 20's with the first book in The High Society Lady Detective Series. Olive Belgrave is from an aristocratic background but finds herself nearly penniless and needing a job. She and her father have always been close, especially since the death of her much-loved mother. However, financial reverses and the advent of a new and managing wife have driven a wedge between them. Olive is determined to set out on her own, and not be forced into a marriage with an ob ...more
Emma's Things to Read
As Autumn nights draw in my go to genre of choice is a murder mystery. They are comforting bowl of soup and freshly baked bread on a cold day.

Murder at Archly Hall totally fits the bill.

Aristocratic, but down on her luck, Olive Belgrave is searching for employment in 1920’s London. Even her connections aren’t paying off when she receives a telegram to return to her family estate. Olive’s cousin Violet has become engaged to Alfred Eton, a young man whose life in the colonies and heritage remain a
For a light and relaxing read checked out the first in the historical series featuring Olive Belgrave, a penniless socialite through a misfortune, not her fault. The series takes place in the early 1920's set in London. The writing flows easily and the There even e characters are developed. This book took me back when I was reading about Miss Silver. It is similar in style.
Olive accepts an offer from an Aunt to look into the history of a gentle that her daughter, Violet is determined to marry. A
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mystery that has a lot of flair and a spirited plot. Sometimes the mysteries I read don’t really give me much to go on while trying to figure out who did it. When everything is revealed at the end, I’m frustrated because twists and clues are divulged that were completely absent throughout the entire novel. However, this book is different, and if I would have paid better attention, I think I could have figured it out. Now I fear I’m programmed to just check out until the end. So, I’m reading th ...more
I love historical mysteries, particularly when they get the atmosphere and details right. This one does. Though I thought there were a few too many details about what everyone wore. That is part of the appeal of the twenties, but not every character's dress needs to be explained.

Breezy, bright detective and charming historical details. Also a clever mystery. There are red-herrings and twists. Who doesn't like a country house mystery set in the 20s? I know I do.
Selah Pike
Delightful! I loved that Rosett included a list of the books she read for research—now my TBR has grown 😆
I liked this a lot more than I was expecting to. Olive Belgrave is smart, curious, dogged in pursuit of what she wants, and trying to find a lucrative alternative to her stepmother's marriage plans for her.
When her cousin Gwen asks for Olive's help in vetting the fiance of Violet, Gwen's younger sister, Olive is off and running (plus she has a retainer of 50 pounds! Considering she was wondering when she'd next eat, this is awesome.)
The case has enough of interest to it and moved along nicely to
The entertaining opener of a new series by Rosett finds well-born but penniless Olive Belgrave searching vainly for a job in 1923 London. Olive won't go home to live with her new stepmother (and be manipulated into marrying the unattractive vicar), but she's not really qualified for anything. Then her younger cousin announces that she's engaged to a man her mother and older sister regard as a cad. They could hire a private investigator to look into Alfred's background, but one hates to deal with ...more
Lori S.
3.5 Stars
What's a girl to do when none of the jobs in the want ads are panning out? Take up the PI (Private Inquiries) business, of course. Olive's first job is to look into the background of her cousin Violet's fiance, Roger Eton, a young man who has few qualities Violet's sister, Gwen, and their mother, approve of and other less savory traits also. Olive's task is hampered by the lack of details in Roger's story at first, and made more complicated when the man is pushed over the side of a balc
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book and start to this series! Great mysteries in an historical era. Excited to read more!
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, easy read.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-n-serial-reads
This was the Barnes and Noble Nook serial read for the month of April. I really enjoyed this one. It was a light read with lots of twists and turns. The only thing that turned me off is the use of the term "lady detective". That and "lady cop" give me all the cringe. But it was a great story and I would definitely read the next book.
Rosanne Lortz
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olive Belgrave is out of funds. Too attractive to get taken on as a governess and too unskilled to get taken on as a typist, she eventually receives the novel offer of private detective from her aunt. The mission? To find out more about her cousin Violet's unsavory fiance, Alfred. His uncouth manners show he's hiding something, but Violet is so enamored with him she doesn't even question his vague past and lack of connections. 

When Olive travels to Archly Manor to monitor the shady Alfred at a h
Adrienne Perry
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this quirky historical mystery more than I expected I would; it’s premise is very close to Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness mysteries, of which I’m a great fan…these mysteries along with Georgette Heyer Regency romances are my favorite guilty pleasures these days. Now, in both series a young woman from a formerly wealthy family which now finds itself in sadly reduced circumstances discovers that she’s utterly unemployable in the England of the 1920s, needs a job desperately, & quite unexpected ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The First High Society Lady Detective Book

Unable to live with her domineering step-mother, Olive Belgrave moves to London, assured she can easily find a job and support herself. Unfortunately, Olive soon learns that jobs are much harder to find, even for an educated young lady in 1923. A call for assistance from a wealthy cousin turns into a job. After all, why pay a detective to ferret out information on a shady looking suitor when the money can be kept in t
I had the pleasure to listen to the audiobook version.

I liked it very much. It's a pleasant change to the ''was there a murder? Well, I was just standing there and coincidentally, I am really good to resolve murder!''.

Murder at Archly Manor, is well paced and fluid read. Nothing seems forced and the characters are well balanced.

I also giggled at some moments, I imagine it was intended to be humor. It was hard to tell in the audio version, but things like ''There as been a murder! We will need s
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the opening of Sara Rosett’s entertaining historical mystery set in 1923, Murder at Archly Manor, Olive Belgrave is getting a bit desperate. She is looking for a job so that she can set herself up in London, away from her father’s manor in rural England. (This is mostly because of her fear of being “managed” by her new step-mother.) Olive, who doesn’t have many practical skills, is turned down over and over. When she gets an invitation to visit from her cousin, Gwen, Olive jumps at it to get ...more
Mac Daly
Olive Belgrave has been raised a lady, but unless she wants to live under the thumb of her new stepmother, she needs to make her own money. Unfortunately, she is not alone. In 1923, is it no longer scandalous for young aristocrats to make their own way. With few skills, even less experience and much competition, she is finding it hard to obtain gainful employment. When a relative falls in love with a questionable character, her cousin engages Olive to check into his background. It soon turns int ...more
Sarah Nealy
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me of Downton abbey meets Poirot! The author mentions she read Agatha Christie for inspiration and you can tell! Very well written. The writing style has substance to it that other cozy mysteries lack. Although the mystery itself was not top notch and my hunch of who it was, was correct. I still enjoyed the story and the suspense, it felt more like a story about a girl making a life for her self in the 1920's instead of just a murder mystery which I liked! Looking forward to the next on ...more
Kaitlyn Dunnett
A fast, enjoyable read but I'm wasn't convinced that Olive has a vocation as a private detective. I'll have to wait for the next book in the series to see if she can pull it off when the client isn't a member of her own family.
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USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett writes lighthearted mysteries for readers who enjoy atmospheric settings, fun characters, and puzzling whodunits.

She is the author of the High Society Lady Detective historical mystery series as well as three contemporary cozy series, the Murder on Location series, the On the Run series, and the Ellie Avery series. Sara also teaches an online course, How to

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