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Posted December 17, 2013
A courtesan sleuth, most entertaining! 4.5 *Book source ~ Many
A courtesan sleuth, most entertaining!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
*Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Arabella Beaumont is London’s most infamous courtesan. When an old friend turned enemy ends up dead by Arabella’s monogrammed paper knife (letter opener) the law is ready to arrest her as a murderess. However, her rich and highly titled patron, the Duke of Glendeen, declares that Arabella will be remanded to his custody and therefore free to help with the investigation of her innocence (of the murder, that is) and she does just that. With help from two Bow Street Runners, her sister Belinda, a family friend and many others, Arabella has only 3 weeks to find the real killer or she will be hanged for a murder she didn’t commit.
The writing for this story is a bit different than I’m used to, but it’s not a bad different. It’s told mostly from Arabella’s POV, but there is a narrator at times. The plot is twisty, the characters are wonderful and there is humor aplenty. I quite enjoyed myself while I tried to figure out who killed poor Euphemia Ramsey. I would definitely read more about Arabella and her entourage.
Posted July 7, 2013
The author has created a believable and enjoyable character in A
The author has created a believable and enjoyable character in Arabella, a courtesan in the latter part of George III's reign.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Another courtesan, Euphemia Ramsey, was stabbed and killed with a letter opener that belonged to Arabella. To the police, it's an open and shut case and they are prepared to hand Arabella. But our heroine is NOT going to go down without a fight, so she begins to solve the crime herself.
With the help of her sister, servants, the policemen who watch her constantly, and her special friend, the Rev. John Kendrick, Arabella not only solves the crime but ensures her home will remain hers (it was in her paramour's family) and gains an annual stipend.
A good story with a bit of a drag in the middle. The opening and closing chapters were excellent and pulled the reader into the story. An excellent historical mystery.