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In A Fatal Finale, Kathleen Marple Kalb raises the curtain on the tarnished glamour of the New York City theater scene in the Gilded Age, with a cast of characters so genuine and loveable you wont want to leave them when the book is over. Bravo to this engaging debut! I look forward to encore after encore!
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2020 by Kensington Books
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Shelly
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
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Interesting premise set in an intriguing time and place. The murder happens quite quickly, setting the scene for intrigue early on. The introduction of characters and twists are clever. However, I just couldnt connect with the main character, although Im sure others will. I love an original story and this adventure set in 1899 New York City is unique. ...more
Toni
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This looks to be a standalone historic cozy mystery by Kathleen Marple Kalb. I do hope it will become a series.

I am totally intrigued by the relationship between the Duke Gilbert and Ella Shane. That alone will keep me coming back for more.

Basic premise: A girl in the role of Juliet is found dead by an overdose of nicotine. Turns out the girl is more than she seems and is related to English royalty. She had been working for Ellas theater company and she feels compelled to find the
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Ashley
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely INCREDIBLE! It is witty, hilarious, mysterious, intriguing, clever, romantic, and so much more! Every single time I picked up "A Fatal Finale", I felt like I traveled back in time to the Gilded Age, and absolutely did not want to put this book down! From start to finish, this book truly is amazing!

When I first read a summary of "A Fatal Finale", I was grabbed for a multitude of reasons! A cozy historical murder mystery novel set in the late 1800's, mixed in with opera,
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Lindsey
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable historical mystery, Im hoping its the first in a series because Im definitely interested in these characters and would love to read more.

I really like Ellas character, she was realistic and resourceful. Gil was great and the hints of romance between the two was just the right tone, not the main focus of the book but a part of it that didnt overpower the murder mystery.

As for the murder, it happens to the companys most recent Juliet dies by poison early on in the book,
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Valerie
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally don't like historical books but I enjoyed this one. The characters are very distinct in their personalities and very enjoyable to get to know. I'm glad to see the relationship develop between Miss Shane and the Duke, it's be interesting to see how it goes in the future. The perspective on women's rights and how women were treated by in the 1899 is interesting. It's slow going on the mystery of what happened to Frances but the interaction of the characters is interesting en0ugh not to ...more
Susan
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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1899 Ella Shane, opera singer is performing as Romeo when her Juliet, Violette Saint Claire, actually dies on her death scene. The death is deemed an accident to save her reputation for her family from the taint of suicide.
In the following April, Gilbert Saint Aubyn, Duke of Leith approaches Ella for information on the death of his cousin, Lady Frances Saint Aubyn aka Violette.
This is an enjoyable historical cozy mystery though for me not enough of a mystery and not really enough suspects to
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Robin
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic debut
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What a wonderful story! It really has it all: a mystery, historical insights into class and religious distinctions and discriminations, misogyny, and a bit of romance. And don't forget the velocipedes! The characters are real (the good, the bad, and the disgusting), the research and motivation that brought out things about bullemia in the late nineteenth century, and the plight of stage people that lingered long into the twentieth century. Very enjoyable and well written. Loved it!
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Kathleen Marple Kalb grew up in front of a microphone and a keyboard. She started her radio career as a teenage DJ at a small station in her hometown of Brookville, Pennsylvania, and despite a brief flirtation with advanced study in history before taking her B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh (her mother will never forgive her for turning down an assistantship at William and Mary), worked her ...more

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