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Ladies of Class

Ladies of Class

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by Marjorie Owen

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Murder is no respecter of persons…

Richard Hayward’s promotion and move from the big city life to the sleepy town of Burshill, England, has been shattered. Sir John Bury needs a murder solved.

The results of Richard’s investigation cause a ruckus when several ladies of a particular ‘class’ become part of the


Murder is no respecter of persons…

Richard Hayward’s promotion and move from the big city life to the sleepy town of Burshill, England, has been shattered. Sir John Bury needs a murder solved.

The results of Richard’s investigation cause a ruckus when several ladies of a particular ‘class’ become part of the inquiry. As the facts begin to unfold, they not only amaze Richard, himself, and the community of Burshill, but extend all the way to the top brass of Scotland Yard.

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TRS - The Romance Studio
Marjorie Owen delivers a nice piece of old fashioned detective work. Who would have thought of such an outcome? You discover that even women of class have secrets that go unfounded since their youth. Jealousy, greed, and mayhem were all dealt out along with fine investigative work. The span of time is nicely addressed, along with a sense of timely visual audacities that were broached.

The authenticity of the story is delivered through the wording that is used during the story. Right fr

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Meet the Author

My Mum, Marjorie, was born on September 11th 1911 in England and endured the bombardment of World War II. As far as I know, she was born out-of-wedlock with an Irish Lord for a father and a Russian princess as her mother. I have no idea who took her after she was born but it was not her true parents.

Although her life before my birth and working is somewhat sketchy, her career, as a major London department store clothing buyer, was long and interesting. Members of the Royal family were among some of her more famous clients. Marjorie found time to write many short stories and four novels ranging from romance to mystery. She did not attempt to publish any of her writings. We can only surmise that she wrote for the joy and did not wish to seek any recognition or fame.

I do know that, just after my birth and unbeknown to my father, she did have romantic meetings with one or two members of The Royal Air Force. One, of note, was Guy Gibson of the famous "Dam Busters Raid" in 1940 something.

She changed her birth certificate from 1911 to 1917 so that she could work for an additional six years before mandatory retirement. She lived above a post office with no hot water and had to strip wash in the kitchen downstairs before the staff arrived for work. She also had to carry buckets of coal up for a fire to heat the flat.

As her only child, she spoiled me when times were tough and food rationing was in effect due to the war. She paid for private schooling and college to ensure I had a good education. When I moved from England to Los Angeles, in 1983, she would come and visit my wife and I every two years. She adored the Hollywood Bowl and the canyons above Santa Monica and Malibu.

Marjorie passed away on March 28th 2004, after a very full life, at the age of ninety-three.

My wife spent three years transcribing her hand written works to computer and the first book of Mum's, a murder mystery set in England, was published on March 15th 2008.

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Ladies Of Class 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DeviNair More than 1 year ago
Immediately after reading an Agatha Christie novel, when you read some other murder mystery, unknowingly you do end up comparing it to the master writer. Although it is a very wrong thing to do, sometimes some books comes almost up to the mark and gives you tremendous satisfaction after finishing. Ladies of Class is one such book. Chief Inspector Hayward is one of the most efficient detectives I have come across in fictional characters. He is compassionate yet stern, and is a very good judge of character. The case is a very interesting one. Multiple murders, seemingly unconnected, were brilliantly linked with such a frail link. The writing is impeccable and the old England feel is subtle and nice. It is truly unfortunate that Marjorie could not see how her books are fairing. She has such a grand fan following, thanks to Richard Hayware. However, I believe she is with us through her books and the best way for us to appreciate it is by spreading word on how great her books are. Nothing less than 5 stars for the brilliant master piece.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite The small, peaceful village of Burshill, England, is stunned when beloved resident Laura Clayton is murdered. Chief Constable Sir John Bury, a friend of the victim, assigns Detective Chief Inspector Richard Hayward to investigate. The only leads the detective has are the dying words of the victim and a letter she received from her friend Rosemary. Unfortunately, Rosemary becomes the next fatality before the detective interviews her. Local gossipers, who learn what Detective Hayward's plans are, impede his case as he digs into the victims' pasts. His investigation takes him overseas to interview another friend of Laura's who may be in danger, and he hopes the murderer does not get there before he does. Detective Hayward enlists the help of a friend at Scotland Yard, and wonders what connects this class of women to the killer. Ladies of Class – A Richard Hayward Murder Mystery by Marjorie Owens is a suspenseful “whodunit.” Marjorie Owens kept my curiosity burning, and the beginning was an unusual attention grabber. I really liked the author’s warm, unhurried writing style, although it’s not slow paced. Her writing reminded me of Agatha Christie, but with modern undertones. Marjorie Owen had me guessing the killer’s identity, and was very thorough and descriptive in her plot, while including new leads that made me ponder. The dialogue was natural and witty with well-developed characters like methodical Detective Hayward. I recommend this book, which has a pleasant English country charm.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ladies of Class is a fantastic read! Ms. Owen catches your attention right up front with the surprise announcement of the well-loved Laura Clayton's impending murder and speeds you from clue to clue with her clever and likeable Detective Chief Inspector Richard Hayward. He's new to the quaint English town so we get to learn all the peculiarities of the place right alongside him as he tries to figure out why Laura, and two old friends from a finishing school in pre-war Leveisin, France, would be murdered within days of one another. The wonderful thing about this mystery is that the information comes at you at the perfect pace, presented in a manner that keeps you guessing what's next. You don't lose track of what's already been revealed because the elements build so fluidly on each other. Ms. Owen has an excellent style for storytelling and even had me laughing out loud at some of the twists her inspector got to watch. If you're looking for a good, clean mystery to absorb you for an afternoon, I recommend Ladies of Class by Marjorie Owen.