Accomplished In Murder [NOOK Book]

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Murder was never so refined…

When her holiday on the coast of Cornwall takes a deadly turn, it is up to Drucilla Winterbourne to uncover the dangerous secrets the inhabitants of Blackridge House will do anything to conceal. But can a ...
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Accomplished In Murder

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Overview

Murder was never so refined…

When her holiday on the coast of Cornwall takes a deadly turn, it is up to Drucilla Winterbourne to uncover the dangerous secrets the inhabitants of Blackridge House will do anything to conceal. But can a proper young lady from London society comprehend the dark motives of a killer?

Accomplished In Murder is the first in a series of historical mystery novelettes featuring intrepid Victorian heroines up to their bustles in crime. These works are only loosely connected and can be read in any order.

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Length: Novelette - 17,000 words (equivalent to 55 printed pages)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012675736
  • Publisher: Dara England
  • Publication date: 3/18/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 218,797
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dara England is the author of numerous historical, fantasy, and paranormal works. She is a graphic designer and stay-at-home mom of two girls and a dog named Sampson. Learn more about Dara by visiting her website at www.daraenglandauthor.com. She welcomes reader questions and comments, and her email address can be found on her website.
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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Charming

    A well-written and entertaining Victorian Who-dun-it. Drucilla is a engaging character with enough wit and charm to hold her own in a time that too often thought of women as disposable.

    I would have liked to have seen the aunt have more of a role, she seemed to be a character that was thrown in at the last moment as Drucilla needed a chaperone for traveling.

    Like other reviewers, I would agree that there is plenty of plot and characters to support a much longer book. The author has a wonderful writing style that draws the reader in and holds their attention throughout the story. Very well-written and entertaining!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Leaves me wanting more...

    Loved Drucilla, her spunk and back and forth with Aunt Bridget were very engaging. Would have loved this book to have been 200 pages longer and hope that the author will continue writing with this character.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Could have been pretty good

    I want to start by saying this had a lot of potential but I think because of the length of the book (125 pgs) it was a bit rushed. The novel began at a normal pace building up the characters, providing a bit of a back story, and a good intro but it felt like the author got to half way and decided she just wanted to jump to the end and so she did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Love it, very well written and worth your time to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    A charming Victorian lady-sleuth!

    Drucilla Winterbourne (love that name) knows something is off with her newly married friend Celeste. Her friend's letters have become increasingly strange and Drucilla is determined to travel to Cornwall to the little village of Morcastle to find out what's going on. She has to drag her crazy old cat-obsessed auntie with her as a companion but she makes the trip only to find out that her friend has been murdered.

    I love the lush descriptions of the setting which gave the story an almost gothic tone. The people Drucilla meets are all suspicious in their own way so I wasn't sure who to suspect as the killer. From Celeste's not-even-pretending-to-be-grieving husband, Lord Absalom, to his strangely cheerful brother Southorn (he was creepily interested in befriending Drucilla), to the super b*tchy housekeeper Mrs. Portillo.

    There are some serious family undercurrent swirling around Blackridge House and the ending was NOT what I was expecting, that's for sure. This is a novella so things are wrapped up pretty quickly but it was the perfect length for me to read before bed.

    I hope there's a second installment because I really liked Drucilla. She was plucky enough to be fun but not in a way that's unrealistic for the time period. Hopefully she'll solve some crimes when she gets back home to London too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

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    A hybrid of Victorian Romance and a cozy murder mystery series -

    A hybrid of Victorian Romance and a cozy murder mystery series - I hesitate to dub this neo-Gothic romance because of the lack of foreshadowing. The writing itself is fine but the story lacks substance. Clues are thinly veiled and I'd like to know more about the characters, especially the main character Drucilla.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    I loved it! Brilliant plot, very clever writing and a perfec

    I loved it!




    Brilliant plot, very clever writing and a perfect replica of a victorian novel. The aura of darkness that surround the characters as well as the construction of the story leads us to a perfect ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2011

    A quick read

    I have mixed feelings about this little historical mystery novella. I didn't dislike it, but it didn't grab me either, so I'm sticking to a firm "It was OK." I don't want my time back, but I don't know if I would read more in this series.

    What I liked:

    I thought Drucilla had potential, even though due to the length of the book we don't really get to know too much about her. I liked her enough that I wanted to know more.

    I loved the idea of it - Victorian heroines solving mysteries. Very fun!

    It was technically well-written.

    What didn't quite work for me:

    I'm not much of a mystery reader, and yet I guessed the villain from the moment he was introduced.

    Although the villain's motive is explained at the end, it didn't make sense to me. Unfortunately the only way to explain what didn't make sense to me is a bit spoilery, so I won't go into details here.

    It was too short to do the story justice in mind. Had the backgrounds of all the characters and the events leading up to the murder been more fleshed out, I think the story overall might have made more sense and been a more satisfying read.

    Conclusion:

    Although this book wasn't really my cup of tea, if you're looking for a quick, light historical mystery read of an hour or two, you may just enjoy this novella.

    Note: I received this as a free review copy from the author

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    A lot of potential but characters and plot need development

    There is more than enough concepts, ideas and characters to make this novella length book into a full-length novel. The characters and plot are weak but could be strengthened with more vigorous writing and depth. Writer has promise though, there are sections that are very nicely done. Overall, this was predictable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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