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Snobbery With Violence by Marion Chesney
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Jun 13, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fun, mystery, romance, fan

After tiring of Victorian romances, Marion Chesney wrote murders. Contemporary as M.C. Beaton feature not-nice Agatha Raisin, then after a Scotland fishing trip gawky Hamish Macbeth. Now, action is fast and explosive.

A brave injured soldier and lovely just-out Lady have equally inquiring intelligent natures. Their equally independent personal servants have compatible and match-making natures.

Captain Harry helps the Earl of Hadshire get daughter Lady Rose out of sticky situations. One introduces entertainer-cum-maid Daisy. She gets cozy with valet Becket, also in training for his position. The quartet investigate a suspicious death and disappearance from a dubious house-party marriage-mart hosted by an impecunious Lord in a drafty fake castle.

I always feel inside Chesney stories, never outside, googling excess research trivia. Like Agatha Christie, ageless human motivations are key. But real physical danger threatens. Every plot seems fresh.

Despite the fluffy cotton brain candy aspect, I get chips of dark chocolate and nuts that don't claim to make a gourmet torte. Somehow the almost stereotype characters and situations spoof on themselves and make me laugh anyway, like contemporary serieses.

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