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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Aster Press (August 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983793107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983793106
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,549,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jolie Beaumont is the author of Jericho's Child: A Cozy Regency Romance, and the Regency mysteries Ode to a Dead Lord and What the Silk Mercer's Daughter Saw, featuring Bow Street Runner Theo Bryght. She lives in Regency England.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By susieQ on July 25, 2011
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This is a very fast-paced, easy-to-read mystery story that takes the reader from the Yorkshire moors to the Brighton seashore. The characters are well-fleshed out and easy to become involved with. The mood of the story draws the reader in almost immediately and holds you spellbound for the entire book. I give this my high recommendation and look forward to future stories by this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ReadsManyThings on April 11, 2012
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The opening sequence of Ode to a Dead Lord is incredibly cinematic. The camera view was almost palpable as the action passes from person to person finally bringing the reader to the discovery of the titular deceased aristocrat. It is a beautifully written passage that hooked my attention immediately. And while the enormous promise implied by the near-virtuosity of these first several paragraphs is not entirely rewarded through to the end of the novel, there is still much to appreciate. The many anthropomorphic metaphors were utterly delightful (and had me pausing just to savor the strong images evoked). Several lovely passages and many `soft chuckle' moments served to offset the stray clunky bits of prose.

As for the plot: Viscount Ashe has apparently taken his own life, having gambled away the fortune and estate of his estranged wife, Charlotte. Charlotte is unconvinced by the evidence and neither is Bow Street Runner Theo Bryght and so unfolds a story where first impressions deceive, sometimes on multiple levels. The mystery draws the reader on right up to the denouement. Only two things kept this from being a 5 star book for me: some plot inconsistencies/holes/contrivances and a desire on my part for stronger character development. The reader was privy to quite a lot of internal soliloquy, at the expense of dialogue and interaction. As a consequence, when romantic yearnings were expressed, for example, the sentiment felt unsupported by the actual interactions between the characters. Still, the protagonists were appealing and likable and in a minor supporting role, Lord Lauferby was downright endearing from the moment of his first appearance under a table. The book's subtitle (A Theo Bryght, Runner Mystery) implies more installments to come. I quite look forward to reading them.

Jolie Beaumont has written a light, engaging and enjoyable mystery. I recommend it. A solid 3 ½ stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By theregencyinkwell on January 4, 2012
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Ms. Beaumont's "Ode to a Dead Lord" is a brilliant story about murder, deception and love. Young Lord Ashe is found dead - an apparent suicide. However there are others who believe that he was murdered, including his now penniless widow, Lady Charlotte Ashe.

Prior to marrying Lord Ashe, Charlotte was the granddaughter of a wealthy tradesman. Wanting to buy his granddaughter a title, something that was often done in Regency period, he approves of her choice for a husband and settles all of her fortune irrevocably on the young man.

Ms. Beaumont's Charlotte is wealthy unlike Jane Austen's (1775-1817) the Misses Bennets of Pride and Prejudice and the Misses Dashwoods of Sense and Sensibility who were either in danger of being left penniless or left with very little to manage in a male dominated society.

Ms. Beaumont underlines the simplicity of the story with social issues of the Regency period that affected both men and women. Many of these women's fortune, upon marrying, were automatically turned over to their husbands.

Beaumont complicates the story further by adding a male's perspective; like Austen's Willoughby of Sense and Sensibility, who is threatened by a distant aunt to marry well or risk being left penniless should he settle on Miss Marianne Dashwood. Ms. Beaumont brings us Mr. Theo Bryght. Mr. Bryght, nee Nathaniel Clermont, is the younger son of the fifth Earl of Warrington. Unlike Willoughby, who would rather lose the woman he loves for the comforts that wealth could bring him, Clermont chooses to go against his father's wishes - to join the clergy.

Clermont is disowned. The uniqueness of Beaumont's hero and what separates him from Willoughby lies in his belief that `to thine own self (he must) be true'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By crazyquiltmom on October 15, 2012
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"Ode to a Dead Lord" was a very good read until I reached the very implausible ending when the murderer was revealed. I mean, really????
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There are no dashing heros here. These characters seem more real, not some stereotype formula...or at least not the main characters. These characters struggle with a mix of emotions, make poor decisions, and are unsure of what they want, and who the villains are remains a mystery until the end. Did her husband commit suicide? Just what role does the mysterious "Runner" actually play? Why has Lord March never married? I enjoy a slightly more complex plot,

and to find one in a Regency novel is a big plus.
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