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Lady Rose Summer, the willful, spoiled and charming heroine of British veteran Chesney's light historical series that began with 2003's Snobbery with Violence, decides to break the class barriers and go out into the working world with her maid Daisy. Their adventures include a kidnapping, narrow escapes, a daring rescue and of course murder. After returning to the comforts of her London home, Lady Rose turns to dashing Captain Harry Cathcart, a Boer War veteran turned detective, for aid in solving the murder. Once again Chesney has concocted an amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep her fans turning the pages.
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“Fans of the author's Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries...will welcome this new series of historical whodunits.” ―Booklist

“Combines history, romance, and intrigue, resulting in a delightful romantic mystery.” ―Midwest Book Review

“A delightful costume melodrama, featuring wry humor and sleuthing protagonists with a pesky love/hate relationship.” ―Library Journal

“Old hand [Beaton] maintains her charm and sassiness while indicting evergreen pomposity and class-status stupidity.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of the author's Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series should welcome this tale of aristocrats, house parties, servants and murder.” ―Publishers Weekly

“If you are a fan of well-written traditional mysteries, Lord Peter and Albert Campion, you might want to try this series. I, for one, will be eagerly awaiting the next.” ―Reviewing the Evidence

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Product Details

  • Series: Edwardian Murder Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; d edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250022495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250022493
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This mystery is part of a historical (Edwardian) series written by M.C. Beaton using a pen-name Marion Chesney. M.C. Beaton is a real favorite of mine (known for the Hamesh Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series), so I picked up this book with high expectations.

I have mixed feelings about the book. It's amusing and reasonably accurate historically, although it's not meant to be a very serious attempt to do either a mystery (the plotting isn't that strong) or period piece (the characters are very atypical for the time, as the author points out). My interest in the book was strong at first but by the last 50 pages, far from being desperate to find out "who done it", my interest was waning and I was counting how many pages I had left.

The characters are amusing and likeable (the ones that ought to be, at least -- the unlikeable ones are sufficiently villainous in a light-hearted way). The heroine Rose (an upper class young woman is driving her parents crazy with her desire to be a modern young woman -- for a while she was supporting the suffragettes and now she wants a JOB). The romantic interest is Harry, an upper class young man who is WORKING as a private detective -- which has made many of the upper class look down on him as being in trade. At the beginning of the book, a young man (from the upper crust) is found dead, and these two independently (and subsequently sometimes together) investigate his death. There's a class-conscious police detective who is longing to man the barricades when the revolution happens, a cockney maid (who is somewhat unbelievably transformed into Rose's companion), a manservant, and a variety of aristocratic characters. There's a country house party and a wicked doctor and various other characters, all drawn broadly enough you have no trouble remembering who is who.

Parts of the book are laugh out loud funny. I only wish Ms. Chesney had concentrated more on plotting.
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By G. Greene on December 31, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Hasty Death" is the third installment in this Edwardian series, and even though I vastly prefer Chesney's Regency novels, these are beginning to grow on me a bit. The characterizations are highly amusing, and the relationship between Rose and Cathcart is moving along nicely; they even become engaged, though it is a sham engagement. And no, the situation is not resolved at the end of the book . . . which brings me to one of the major irritations about this mystery/romance series: though the murder mystery is resolved at the end of each book, the romantic relationship is not, which I find very unsatisfying. In Chesney's previous books, they all contained an entertaining cast of characters and each one became the focus of successive novels. Not so, here; we are supposed to be engaged by a not-very-intriguing mystery and remember where these characters are in their development when the next installment comes out in a year or two, and while these characters are mildly interesting, they aren't that memorable, nor are they worth rereading the previous novels.

Nevertheless, Chesney is a very good writer, and this is a nice way to while away an afternoon.
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Format: Hardcover
As someone who has enjoyed the Hamish MacBeth series, I was looking forward to some light entertainment but was sadly disappointed. The basic ingredients are all there for a satisfying cosy with TWO spunky heroines and double love interests, but The author failed to deliver on the promise.

Perhaps the situations were supposed to be humorous coincidences, but they stretched far beyond humor and were too far-fetched to be believable, and there was ample evidence of sloppy writing and no editing. For example, in one scene the heroine goes to a luncheon that is to feature a speech by a noted occultist. Instead, with no explanation, the scene unfolds with a speech by the hostess on vegetarianism instead.

If you are looking for a modern historical mystery with a light touch, I would recommend Jacqueline Winspear's Maisis Dobbs series instead.
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This book brings back memories of Agatha Christie?s writings, with the superb combination of wit , charm and intellect in the creation of murder mysteries. The author expertly intersperses the darkness of human activities such as murders and blackmailing, with wry humour and indications of romance between the adversarial protagonists of the story. This will be a very entertaining read that takes you back to the early decades of the twentieth century. The author is also competent in conveying the historical setting of the novel, with witty observations on the beginnings, of the rumblings of change in the social structure of British high society.

I would also suggest other books written by the author under the penname M.C. Beaton, the Agatha Raisin series of mysteries, which I have also enjoyed tremendously.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lady Rose Summer returns in this second outing of Chesney's Edwardian Mystery Series. Rose is the spoiled daughter of the Earl and Countess Hadshire who is trying desperately to marry her off and since her failed first season, they are now considering either an asylum or India. Both seemingly will do the right job. But Roses decides to break the class barriers and go out into the working world with her maid Daisy. Being a typist seems interesting that is until she is forced to actually live off of her salary and not daddy's money. Well, low and behold a murder mystery falls into their lap and with the help of charming Captain Harry Cathcart, they all, Rose, Harry, Daisy and Becket, wind their way though an interesting group of blackmailer and blackmailees to a rather unique conclusion. Who knew you could blackmail a person for that reason; guess we all have something we must hide.

Once the murder is solved, Rose still has that little problem of becoming engaged or being forced to India. How is she going to get out of this, since marriage seems to be the last thing on her mind.

I enjoy this rather easy to read series. No complicated storylines or history to remember; an easy adventure with a cast of interesting recurring characters. This one also includes a little side story of unrequited love.
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