- File Size: 1188 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQ Digital (October 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2017
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XGK3YSB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,042 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fatal Masquerade (A Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery, Book 4) Kindle Edition
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During the ball a murder occurs at the boat house; Lady Alkmene discovers the body and is first on the scene, or so it appears. The police are bumbling and incompetent, allowing Lady Alkmene and her partner, journalist Jake Dubois, to try solving the case themselves. Their search for the murderer reveals some interesting motifs for more than one character. Can Lady Alkmene be sure the police have arrested the wrong person?
This is the first book I have read in the series. The use of a partnership like the one between Lady Alkmene and Jake, and the style of their investigation has proved to be a winning formula in cosy mysteries. There were a few American terms used in the writing which, it could be argued, didn’t fit with the English location, but not every reader will notice.
I found the writing style and sentence structure easy to read, but simplistic at times, and felt with a little re-wording the story would flow more easily. This would lift this book, for me, from an okay read to one ready to compete in what has become a rather saturated genre.
Set in 1920s England, members of the nobility enthusiastically congregate to participate in the Masquerade ball hosted by Franklin Hargrove, the wealthy oil magnate who is also the father of Denise. From the very start, Lady Alkmene senses the unease and rifts which permeate the Hargrove home - some of the arguments are loud and vociferous, so she could hardly miss them. When she also discovers the murdered body of one of their servants, the party atmosphere is definitely ruined! The police are led to believe the perpetrator is a quiet maid but Alkmene doesn’t agree and sets out to clear the young lady’s name - with the help of her journalist investigating partner, Jake Dubois, though he is keeping secrets from her, too.
This is another superb cosy mystery, with brilliant characters and a plot full of twists and turns. Hints and clues are slowly revealed, misdirection frequently occurs until the dangerous face off at the end endangers Lady Alkmene, too! Can they discover who the murder is? What was their motivation? Who else is involved? So many questions waiting to be answered as the story progresses and danger lurks for all concerned.
This is the fourth book in the series but it is so well written that I believe it would also work well as a standalone. Having said that, it is such a great read that readers who haven’t read the earlier books may well be tempted to read them, too. I know I’ll definitely be looking out for more in this series or by this author in future. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone looking for a high class murder mystery to read.
I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Just like the first one Fatal Masquerade almost immediately jumps into action. It's the classic case of a murderous dinner party...a certain number of people arrive at the start of the night and one less walks out by the end. Everyone is a suspect - EVEN Lady Alkmene who was unlucky (or lucky?) enough to find the dead body! In addition to the murder mystery, Jake has arrived to the party with own mysterious intentions - ones that he absolutely refuses to tell Lady Alkmene about. That caused for some interesting tension and drama, as not only was Lady Alkmene bitter about not being in the know but it was always fun to guess what exactly Jake was hiding.
Lady Alkmene was just as strong willed, nosy, and bent on crime solving as in the first one. I just utterly love her spunk - she's a woman who knows what she wants to do in life and won't let anyone stop her from having her fun. I also enjoyed the mysterious vibe Jake took on this. It added a new fun layer to his character. The side characters introduced added to the overall enjoyment of the book; however, I will say I just couldn't stand Lady Alkmene's friend Denise. I understood that she had a lot to be angry about, but gosh, was she abrasive and reckless at times....to the point where I even began to get slightly annoyed.
In all, Fatal Masquerade is another fun, fast paced addition to the Lady Alkmene Mystery series. And with the cliffhanger like feel of the ending, I will most definitely be tuning into the fifth book!
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