A Proposal to Die For (A Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery, Book 1)

A Proposal to Die For (A Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery, Book 1)

by Vivian Conroy

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ISBN-13: 9780008205164
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/19/2016
Series: A Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery , #1
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 93,595
File size: 900 KB

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A Proposal to Die For (A Lady Alkmene Callender Mystery, Book 1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters and a fun detective. The plot moved well.
PrincessFiona More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars You have to believe I would look up a name like Alkmene. At least to figure out how to pronounce it. I was pronouncing it all wrong the whole way through. Apparently she is the mother of Heracles but is also an apple, which fits in with her father being a botanist. Lady Alkmene, age unknown. If it mentions it in the book, it didn’t stick, but I’m assuming she is in her twenties in the twenties. Her father is off somewhere chasing rare plants leaving her to her own devices, which probably isn’t a good idea. His idea is for her to get married but doesn’t actually do anything about it. Jake Dubois is a man of dubious reputation. A journalist with a dark past hinted at. This is the first conflict set up between them, a lady and a tramp…er…person of the lower orders without provenance. Our heroine has insatiable curiousity, is rather bored with her circumscribed life and is presumably quite clever, like her father but without the antisocial bits. So naturally when she overhears something a little odd, closely followed by the death of a person mentioned in the conversation, her brain immediately leaps to murder. As you do. I’m a heavy duty fan of Golden Age mystery writers. I have read Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers numerous times along with all the other major Golden Age mystery writers. I have watched every episode of Poirot and all but the Geraldine McKew versions of Marple. Giving her a salacious past and changing the identity of a murderer in order to incorporate a quite unnecessary same sex couple in the canon was quite the last straw for that series. The recent Tommy and Tuppence series “Partners in Crime” is also far too flexible with the original material. Seriously, if it ain’t broke… So you can see that writing a cosy mystery set in that era that would meet with my approval was going to be a hard ask. I was willing to give this one a try on the basis of the rather nice cover and an intriguing blurb. First of all, this is going to be a series, so it owes more to Miss Fisher and Amelia Peabody in structure. There is a major crime to solve but also loose ends to carry over. There is also the relationship between Alkmene and Jake. I would have liked to see more chemistry between them but perhaps it’s wise to hold back if we have to build it up over a series arc. I’m going to be seriously disappointed if we don’t get a satisfactory romance out of this eventually. Freddy had better not be a distraction. The dialogue was also a little stilted at times. Not enough contractions. I found myself stopping and trying to read it out loud with a posh accent to see if it helped. I don’t think it did and it made the beginning a fairly slow start. The mystery. This actually worked quite well. The progression was fairly logical, if rather convenient at times. The skillsets of Alkmene and Jake were complimentary and they worked well together. I can see future collaborations doing well as they learn to trust each other. I will be interested in reading further to see how this develops. Overall, a fairly lightweight mystery with some potential for future development. It was a little uneven but as a debut that isn’t unexpected. I could see it working as a rather fun TV series with the whole BBC costume drama thing happening. Thanks to Carina UK and Netgalley for the ARC
Anonymous 26 days ago
Liked the characters and the story line was interesting. Will be reading the additional books in this series.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
When Vivian first reached out to me about the Lady Alkmene Mystery series, I was intrigued. Not only did I like the cozy mystery aspect but the 1920s feel as well. The Result? A Proposal to Die For is the prime cozy mystery read. Combining an intricate mystery, feisty, determined main characters, and an irresistible setting, A Proposal to Die For turned out to be the perfect way to spend a Fall afternoon. A Proposal to Die For introduces the dynamic albeit slightly mismatched sleuthing duo of Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois. Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois have such great chemistry. Honestly, they reminded me a bit of Temperance Brennan and Booth with their goodnatured bickering, and as a HUGE fan of the show Bones, that was a big win for me. I feel that the best words to describe Lady Alkmene would be mischievous and strong willed. She knows it's not "appropriate" for a lady of her caliber to go sleuthing but that doesn't stop her one bit. She's always finding ways to sneak around the watchful eyes of her father's staff. Jake, on the other hand, is tough, mysterious, and just a teensy bit cocky/arrogant. I especially loved that he showed Lady Alkmene a different side to her city and her life - one that she hadn't geared much witness to over the years. The mystery in this was a lot of fun! There were a surplus of potential bad guys and enough twists and turns to make any cozy mystery reader happy. I especially liked how Vivian Conroy introduced several settings though it. From the bustling city to the cozy country side inn, there wasn't a time where I didn't feel as if I was right there with Lady Alkmene and Jake, solving crime. The only aspect that didn't always mesh with me was the writing. Sometimes the dialogue and internal monologue of Lady Alkmene appeared stilted - even a bit awkward. However, in the long run of things, not the biggest of issues. In all, if you love cozy mystery (and I mean who doesn't?), you're sure to enjoy this one! Grade: B
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light reading, cup' tea, a sunny day and your in heaven with this mystery, which is still, a mystery. M
LucyPrl9 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable book. A few holes here and there - some of the characters' back stories were not clear, but not enough to interfere with my desire to finish the book. I assume they will become clear in the future books. This was what I would call a "pleasant interlude" book. No major violence or graphic sex (thank heavens). Just don't over-analyze or overthink it.