Death and the Courtesan

Death and the Courtesan

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by Pamela Christie

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Pamela Christie's sparkling historical mystery goes beyond the modest drawing rooms of Regency London in the company of the city's most esteemed and scandalous courtesan. . .

Since the age of sixteen, Arabella Beaumont has been happily employed as a highly paid woman of pleasure. True, respectable ladies of the ton would never deign to call at Lustings, her

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Pamela Christie's sparkling historical mystery goes beyond the modest drawing rooms of Regency London in the company of the city's most esteemed and scandalous courtesan. . .

Since the age of sixteen, Arabella Beaumont has been happily employed as a highly paid woman of pleasure. True, respectable ladies of the ton would never deign to call at Lustings, her delightful home. Then again, Arabella has no desire to make dreary small talk and sip tea when she could be enjoying the company of amusing, intelligent, and extremely generous gentlemen.

But while Arabella's admirers are legion, she also has enemies. A paper knife stolen during one of her salons was discovered near the body of a former rival. Arabella was entertaining her wealthy benefactor on the night of the murder, but the engaged duke can't provide the alibi she desperately needs. It falls to Arabella and her resourceful sister, Belinda, to clear her good—or at least innocent—name. Utilizing all the talents in her arsenal, the irrepressible Miss Beaumont will endeavor to catch the real culprit, before the hangman catches up to her. . .

Praise For Pamela Christie And Death Of A Courtesan

"What a delicious and delightful tale! The Regency world is turned upside down—and much refreshed—by a decidedly unorthodox heroine. Pamela Christie writes with wit and verve, gifting readers with a vision of the period at once marvelously scandalous and oh-so tempting. I adore clever, spunky Arabella and look forward to her future adventures." —Sara Poole, author of The Borgia Mistress

"A clever, funny, engaging read reminiscent of Fidelis Morgan's Unnatural Fire. Pamela Christie deftly combines the conventions of the Regency-era novel with the fast pace and careful attention to characterization found in the best modern historical mysteries." —Kate Emerson, author of The King's Damsel

"With cleverness and humor, Pamela Christie brings to life a colorful world that would've been at the same time familiar and scandalous to Jane Austen and her readers." —Anna Loan-Wilsey, author of A Lack of Temperance

"A smart, witty and thoroughly entertaining read! It reminds me of some of my favorite series on Masterpiece Theater." —Diane Haeger, author of I, Jane

"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

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Historical mystery readers fond of arch and ribald takes on the genre will best appreciate Christie’s debut, the first in a Regency series. Early on, Arabella Beaumont and her sister and fellow courtesan, Belinda, commiserate about oral sex. (One chapter is titled “Reader, I F****d Him.”) But even those who applaud such asterisk-laden explicitness may lose patience with a silly plot and an off-putting heroine. Arabella, the preeminent courtesan in England, finds her life in jeopardy after she’s framed for murder. One of her monogrammed knives was stolen and used to kill Euphemia Ramsey, a former friend. Fans of Restoration comedy will appreciate such farcical names as Lady Ribbonhat, though it’s difficult to engage with the characters or feel much concern about the story’s predictable outcome (reader, Arabella survives the book). Agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. (June)
Library Journal
Euphemia, an aging courtesan who has threatened to publish a tell-all memoir, is knifed to death with the letter opener of the lovely Arabella Beaumont ("England's most famous courtesan"). Our prime suspect has temporary protection (and a top-notch lawyer) provided by her number-one client, the Duke of Glendeen, but the onus of proving her innocence falls on her in this Regency England romp. Assembling a team of amateurs including her younger sister Belinda, her incredibly loyal hired staff, and assorted male allies, the charming and smart Arabella sets out to discover whom Euphemia scared so much. VERDICT Channel your inner Jane Austen and mix with a dash of the Happy Hooker (wink, wink) for a pleasingly witty and light debut. It's leisurely paced, laced with narrator asides, and plot-assisted by diary entries. All in all, very PG and what romance readers might call "sweet."

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Arabella Beaumont Series, #1
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5.54(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

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Death and the Courtesan 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
DEATH AND THE COURTESAN by Pamela Christie is an interesting Regency Historical Mystery. #1 in her new Arabella Beaumont Mystery. While this story starts out rather slow to me, it does pick up after a few chapters. It is a rather quick read. The characters seemed a bit feathered headed to me. Not what you would usually find in a Courtesan story. Does have mystery,and suspense. Made no sense to me why Arabella Beaumont's protector, a Duke,was not willing to save her from the police or a murder charge. All it would have taken was for him to let the police know he was with her on the night in question,but he did not want his fiance to know where he was or where he was spending his nights. To me the story made courtesan's seem careless,emptied headed,and rather dim-witted. While the story has an interesting plot with a promise of an intriguing tale, it liked depth to me. Although, I have seen some of these seems traits on Masterpiece Theatre,I was not expecting it in this story. I am not saying that DEATH AND THE COURTESAN was not an interesting read,it just liked depth to me. Arabella's sister,Belinda,is a total air-head,except for her inventive way to catch a killer. Arabella is apparently supporting her entire family: her brother,sister-Belinda,and her nephews. While, Belinda,is a courtesan herself,apparently this lifestyle runs in the family,why would she need supporting,I ask. Anyway,check out DEATH AND THE COURTESAN and see what you think. Maybe I was having a bad day,when I read this title. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 3 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR,Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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The book was one of the best reads this year for me! It was witty and funny. Ididn't guess the real murderer until the end. I plan on reading Christie's next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will begin by stating that I did not finish this book.  Why? Because I felt it was written in a sophomoric manner.  I had high hopes when I read the reviews for this book, but it cam e up short and I did not want to waste my time.
bldens More than 1 year ago
Well set and narrated for the time period. Entertaining
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
A courtesan sleuth, most entertaining! 4.5 *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.
Mystery_Rdr More than 1 year ago
The author has created a believable and enjoyable character in Arabella, a courtesan in the latter part of George III's reign. 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.
Pam56PS More than 1 year ago
It was a cute little book and I enjoyed it.