Death at Daisy's Folly by Robin Paige
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|Sun, 08-16-2009 - 2:31pm|
This is the third in the series of Victorian Mysteries. It's one of my favorite series. The author is actually the husband and wife team of Bill Albert and Susan Wittig Albert (She writes the China Bayles mysteries.). I recommend reading them in order. That way you get to watch the relationship between the main characters unfold. If you don't care about this romantic line and just want the mystery you can read them any which way. Another thing I like about the series is that actual historical figures and places are used in the story line. Names such as Lilly Langtry, Rudyard Kipling, Albert and Alexi the Prince and Princess of Wales, are characters involved in the storyline. They are written in the style of a British cozy,such as Agatha Christie is known for. So after a lot of grueling forensic details or true to life crime, this is a good series to fall back on just for a pleasant, fast read.
Here is the book synopsis:
Sir Charles Sheridan is many things - an amateur scientist, a renowned photographer, and a skilled detective. And due to Victorian customs, he will soon become a baron - rendering him unable to marry Kate Ardleigh, an American writer of the popular, yet frowned upon "penny-dreadfuls". Even as the customs of the time keep them apart, a good murder case always seems to bring them together....
The Countess of Warwick, known affectionately as "Daisy", is the subject of endless rumors about her "unladylike" ways and temperament. But what happens during a weekend party at her Easton estate is uglier than any rumor. First, a stableboy is killed. Then a nobleman is murdered outside Daisy's well-known trysting spot. A murderer is on the grounds - and on the loose. Seeking to avoid scandal, the Prince of Wales orders Sir Charles to solve the case. Together, he and Miss Ardleigh find that even the highest levels of society are no refuge from the lowest of deeds...