The Devil in Musicby Kate Ross
With flawless period detail and a dapper English detective reminiscent of Lord Peter Wimsey, Kate Ross is charming fans of Anne Perry and Elizabeth Georgeùand earning a loyal following of mystery readers eager to accompany Julian Kestrel from adventure to satisfying adventure. Traveling on the Continent with his ex-pickpocket valet, Kestrel finds himself caught up in the mysterious and murderous world of the opera. Four years ago, the Italian marquis Ludovico Malvezzi was murdered, and Orfeo,
Not a crossover novel, despite its length, but an authentic triple-decker mystery for admirers of P.D. James.
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Kate Ross was a lawyer that became a mystery novelist in the tradition of Agatha Christie, Dorthy Sayers and the like. Her detective is named Julian Kestral and her novels are set in Regency England. I actually read the four books she wrote out of order and started with her last one, The Devil in Music, before going back to find the others. This is without doubt one of my all time favorite books. The story is great, the characters interesting, the history of the time period is fascinating. I could not put this book down. Very sadly, Kate Ross died of cancer at a young age before she could add to her catalog. I highly recommend this book.