Death Among the Ruins

Death Among the Ruins

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by Pamela Christie
     
 

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In the second in Pamela Christie's witty, deliciously unconventional Regency mystery series, Arabella Beaumont—courtesan and sleuth—discovers that the pursuit of art can be a dangerous thing. . .

London's aristocrats pay handsomely for the company of courtesan Arabella Beaumont. Arabella, in turn, wisely invests her earnings in an art collection

Overview

In the second in Pamela Christie's witty, deliciously unconventional Regency mystery series, Arabella Beaumont—courtesan and sleuth—discovers that the pursuit of art can be a dangerous thing. . .

London's aristocrats pay handsomely for the company of courtesan Arabella Beaumont. Arabella, in turn, wisely invests her earnings in an art collection that will endure long after her legendary charms have faded. It's a decided blow, then, when her antiquities dealer is murdered before he can procure an item for which she paid dearly—a rare and provocative statue of Pan. Undaunted, Arabella decides to travel to Italy and locate the treasure herself.

What begins as a delightful caprice soon takes on a sinister aspect. Arabella's quest appears to have made her a donna fatale, causing death and mayhem wherever she goes. A thing of beauty may be a joy forever, but Arabella's own life could be cut scandalously short unless she can locate the statue, and uncover the heart of an ever-deepening mystery. . .

Praise For Death And The Courtesan

"A delectable treat for the historical mystery lover to savor. You will be left eager for Arabella's next adventure!" —Teresa Grant, author of The Paris Affair

"Historical mystery readers fond of arch and ribald takes on the genre will best appreciate Christie's debut." —Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
Christie’s diverting second Arabella Beaumont mystery (after 2013’s Death and the Courtesan) takes the wealthy Regency London courtesan to the ruined Roman city of Herculaneum on a treasure hunt. After seeing a sketch of a bronze statue of the god Pan “in an amorous attitude,” recently unearthed at Herculaneum, Arabella becomes determined to find the original. Unfortunately, the murder of the antiques dealer who was to procure the piece for her forces her to go to Italy to fetch it herself. What ensues in this “mad scheme” involves disguised clergy, knowing street urchins, and a mysterious professor. Naturally, as one devoted to art of love, Arabella cannot help indulging in a dalliance or two while in Italy. Fluid prose, peppered with the occasional anachronism, speeds the plot along. Neither standard Regency fare nor Jane Austen wannabe, this romp will appeal to those who don’t take their historicals too seriously. Agent: Michele Rubin, Writers House. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758286437
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Series:
Arabella Beaumont Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
485,994
File size:
977 KB

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Death Among the Ruins 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it or a funny quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I cannot give this zero stars. Completely inane and boring.