The Daughters of Gentlemen: A Frances Doughty Mystery

The Daughters of Gentlemen: A Frances Doughty Mystery

by Linda Stratmann
     
 

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Frances Doughty is a young sleuth on her first professional case, trying to discover who distributed dangerously feminine pamphlets to the girls of the Bayswater Acadamy for the Education of Young Ladies. Armed with only her wits, courage and determination, she finds that even the most respectable denizens of Bayswater have something to hide, and what begins as a…  See more details below

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Frances Doughty is a young sleuth on her first professional case, trying to discover who distributed dangerously feminine pamphlets to the girls of the Bayswater Acadamy for the Education of Young Ladies. Armed with only her wits, courage and determination, she finds that even the most respectable denizens of Bayswater have something to hide, and what begins as a simple task soon becomes a case of murder. As election fever erupts and the formidable ladies of the Bayswater Women's Suffrage Society swing into action, Frances' enquiries expose lies, more murders and a long-concealed scandal, and she makes a powerful new friend.

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Library Journal
New PI Frances Doughty is hired to find out who slipped inflammatory feminist pamphlets into schoolgirls' desks at an upscale London academy. The school administrators want to quell any tone of impropriety about the incident since one of them is a candidate in the upcoming 1880 parliamentary election. Well, Frances is not one to squelch the truth, and she doggedly pursues her clues. Suspiciously, one of the school's maids, Matilda, disappears. The staff is ready to blame Matilda for the pamphlet incident, but when Frances finds her murdered body, she knows that much more is at stake than rhetoric. Politics, the women's suffrage movement, and confusion over family identities all whirl together to create a complex challenge for diligent Frances. VERDICT Known for her true crime writing (Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion), Stratmann has neatly turned that expertise into a winning series; this follows her mystery debut, The Poisonous Seed. The story unfolds slowly and deliberately and aptly demonstrates the author's awareness of Victorian society's mores. Her wit will reward readers who stay with the elaborate plot.
Publishers Weekly
In Stratmann’s diverting second Frances Doughty mystery (after 2012’s The Poisoned Seed), Frances takes on her first professional case as a detective. Concerned fathers engage Frances to find out who has been hiding a pamphlet entitled “Why Marry?,” anonymously penned by “A Friend to Women,” inside the students’ textbooks at the Bayswater Academy for the Education of Young Ladies. When the school’s housemaid, Matilda Springett, is found murdered, it becomes clear to Frances and Mary, her maid and friend, that the case is more serious. Vivid details and convincing period dialogue bring to life Victorian England during the early days of the women’s suffrage movement, which increasingly appeals to Frances even as she strives for acceptance from the male-dominated society of the time. Historical mystery fans will be hooked. (July)
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"Most readers will want to see more of Frances."  —Publishers Weekly on The Poisonous Seed

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752477312
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
333,035
File size:
509 KB

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Linda Stratmann is the author of Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion and The Poisonous Seed.

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