In Langley-Hawthorne's absorbing second historical to feature heiress Ursula Marlow (after Consequences of Sin), Ursula is struggling to maintain control of her late father's textile empire. A business trip to Egypt is complicated by the strange death of a new friend, the mysterious wife of a wealthy Russian. Next comes word of a fire in one of her factories and the discovery of the body of a young woman killed before the fire started. Struggling to make sense of these two deaths, Ursula also faces possible financial ruin because someone appears determined to put her out of business. Meanwhile, her romance with Lord Oliver Wrotham, a lawyer, is stalled because of her unwillingness to accept the subservient role of wife that Edwardian society demands. Showing an admirable grasp of social and political history, Langley-Hawthorne closes her tightly knit tale with an unexpected twist that will leave readers impatient for the next book. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Serpent and the Scorpion (Ursula Marlowe Series #2)by Clare Langley-Hawthorne
A gripping mystery of scandal and intrigue starring a spirited and beautiful Edwardian heiressIt’s the end of 1911 and Ursula Marlow, struggling to maintain control over her father’s textile empire, finds her business trip to Egypt interrupted by two violent deaths. The first victim is her new friend, Katya—the mysterious wife of a wealthy Russian… See more details below
A gripping mystery of scandal and intrigue starring a spirited and beautiful Edwardian heiressIt’s the end of 1911 and Ursula Marlow, struggling to maintain control over her father’s textile empire, finds her business trip to Egypt interrupted by two violent deaths. The first victim is her new friend, Katya—the mysterious wife of a wealthy Russian financier. Then when a young woman dies in a fire in one of Ursula’s factories just days later, she returns to investigate and discovers the woman was already dead before the fire started. Driven by her need for justice, the headstrong Ursula is determined to unravel the possible connection between the two deaths, the return of her Bolshevik ex-lover, and disturbing events in the Middle East. The Serpent and the Scorpion is a tale of romance, betrayal, and murder that will appeal to fans of Elizabeth Peters, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Jacqueline Winspear.
In this follow-up to Langley-Hawthorne's historical debut, Consequences of Sin, it is 1912, and headstrong, independent Ursula Marlow has taken control of her father's textile mills while as a suffragette she tries to advance the role of women in society. On a business trip in Egypt, she witnesses the murder of a new friend, the wife of a Russian financier; back in England, the body of a young woman is found in the rubble of Ursula's new factory, destroyed by a fire. The plight of women in the Edwardian era, trouble in the Middle East, and the flight of Russians from the revolutionary turmoil in their native land add to the complex plot. For mystery collections where historicals circulate.
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