Murder at Archly Manor
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...more
This is a squeaky-clean read.(less)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is a solid new entry in the world of historical cozy fiction that introduces w ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Olive accepts an offer from an Aunt to look into the history of a gentle that her daughter, Violet is determined to marry. A ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
When Olive travels to Archly Manor to monitor the shady Alfred at a h ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more