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Farewell Blues (Lady Adelaide Mysteries, 4) Paperback – September 14, 2021
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"Charming characters and spirited dialogue propel a plot in which the course of the gently simmering romance between Addie and Dev matters more than the sleuthing. Cozy fans will be sorry to see the last of Addie and company." - Publishers Weekly
"Robinson balances crime and romance, but her sharp heroine is the real prize." - Kirkus Reviews
"This frothy, lighthearted romp of a mystery...leads to an old-fashioned happily-ever-after finale that will satisfy both mystery and romance fans." - Booklist
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- Publisher : Poisoned Pen Press (September 14, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1464215197
- ISBN-13 : 978-1464215193
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #220,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having seen more than her far share of dead bodies, Adelaide thought she had put crime and investigations behind her as well as the often thought of Inspector. However, when her sister, Cecilia, shows up with news that her mother was in jail for murdering the Duke, it’s Dev she is longing for. However, Detective Inspector Phillip Barnes had been assigned the case. He’s sure beyond a doubt that it is an open and shut case and the rightful criminal is behind bars finding it unnecessary to investigate further.
Lady Broughton, however, talks to Inspector Devenand about proving her innocent sparing no expense. Although unwilling to quit the force and knowing working on the case while on duty would never work, he manages to take a couple weeks off due to injuries sustained in the last adventure with Lady Adelaide freeing him up to help Adelaide find clues to lead them to the real culprit. Adelaide’s only other help is her deceased husband, Rupert, who’s been a regular visitor since his funeral. Seems he has to try to make amends for his life here on earth in order to make it on to heaven. Admittedly, he’s be beneficial in the past and hopefully will be again now. Could helping to prove his mother-in-law’s innocence be what it takes to finally free him from his earthly ties?
Clues begin to add up that the Duke’s family life wasn’t all peaches and cream – that behind doors there were many hard feelings and disputes. Could one of his own kin been the culprit? Did he have bad business dealings that could have led to his murder? Was the crime planned or a crime that just happened in the heat of the moment? How and when did someone get Lady Broughton’s pistol out of her purse to use in the murder?
Along the way, Adelaide and Dev continue to work well together like a well-oiled machine and the mutual attraction, although neither will admit it, puts another page turning touch to the story. One thinks being married once was enough. Although now she’s realizing how much that first one was lacking. The other if fearful that he isn’t worthy of love from someone of such social standings wondering what he could possibly have to offer. The more time they spend together, the more they find out about the other, the stronger their feelings grow. Can there ever be a happily ever after for these two?
FAREWELL BLUES will have you turning pages on this can’t put down book as you look for the clues to help solve the mystery of whodunit. Rupert will have you smiling as he works hard so he can smell apricot custard. Maggie Robinson satisfies your thirst for adventure, want for mystery and the desire for sweet romance all within the pages of this fabulous book. FAREWELL BLUES can be definitely be read as a standalone book, but after reading this one you will yearning to read the other books in the series and searching out more books by this author.
Adelaide (Addie) has had a great shock. Her mother, a marchioness, has been arrested for murdering a duke. The murder took place in the Ritz Hotel. It was early in the morning during the torrid affair between the duke and the marchioness. It is not adultery, because both of the people are widowed. But, of course, murdering a duke is not acceptable behavior, whether one is an adulterer or not.
Addie has investigated other murders in the past. In fact, she has been quite successful. She has worked with a detective inspector from Scotland Yard. Dev is of Indian and English background and that has made for problems in his life. But, he is a very good detective. He is often teased for being too honest to take bribes.
Addie also receives help from someone else. Rupert is her late husband. He was an RAF ace in the Great War. He was also a ladies man. He died in an automobile accident. His French mistress also died in the same accident.
Now Rupert has been working to be able to finally rest in peace. He believes that he will finally get to heaven if he can do enough good to earn his way into heaven. His ability to not be seen by anyone except Addie has been a big help. He can go places, overhear people and see events without anyone knowing he is there.
Between Addie, Dev and Rupert, there is a great deal of investigating happening.
The duke who was murdered was not always a very nice man. He did not always treat his family fairly. He held on tightly to the purse strings. But, compared to the rest of his family he was a wonderful guy. Most of his children and grandchildren are selfish, hateful and easily could be responsible for shooting the duke.
This is a fun story, The reader gets to see the night club scene, luxurious hotels and how the tabloid press really worked.
Addie, Dev and Rupert are wonderful characters. Addie’s sister and her maid are very important to the story. In fact, there is no character who does not add to the movement of the plot. The suspects are each interesting people. Not likable at all, but interesting.
There is one member of the duke’s family who seems to be a relatively normal person. In fact, most of the people in the story are not what one would consider to be normal.
Addie has spent quite a bit of her time investigating murders. Dev has become a success in Scotland Yard but has dreams of another life. And all Rupert can think about is doing enough good deeds to get himself into heaven.
The action is constant, the characters are entertaining and this is a very well done story. This book can be read as a stand alone but I would suggest that there is a lot more fun available if the reader reads with the earlier books in the series.
This is the final book in the series. All the stories for the main characters are wrapped up neatly with epilogues. I have enjoyed the entire series.
I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I am voluntarily writing this review and all opinions are completely my own.
The story does start out with a bang as Lady Adelaide's widowed mother is arrested for murder under scandalous circumstances -- she is found holding her own smoking gun standing (in her bloodied peignoir) over the dead body of her evident paramour.
She claims innocence and her family believe her. Adelaide enlists the aid of Dev Hunter, her societally inappropriate police detective. The murder victim wielded a lot of control over his fractious family so there is no shortage of suspects.
This is intelligent fun and I am sorry to see the series end. If you haven't read these, do yourself a favor and go back and start with the first book and continue on. Quite enjoyable. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.