Death of an Unsung Hero: A Mystery

Death of an Unsung Hero: A Mystery

by Tessa Arlen


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ISBN-13: 9781250101440
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Series: Lady Montfort Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 456,316
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 16.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

TESSA ARLEN lives in Santa Fe. Her pleasures in life are simple: cooking and enjoying good food with family and friends, long walks with short legged dogs and planning her next garden project. She is the author of the Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson mysteries, including Death of an Unsung Hero.

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Death of an Unsung Hero: A Lady Montfort Mystery 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best entry yet in this first-world-war-era series. We see the evolution of the relationship between Lady Montfort and Edith Jackson and learn more about Harry and Althea Montfort as a murder takes place at Iyntwood House. So many great elements are woven into this plot--the expanded role of women while the men are at war, the effects of shell shock on many of those who return from the trenches, and as always, clues that keep you guessing until the end. While this could be read as a stand-alone, having read the first three books added to my enjoyment of this one.
Coffeeshop_Books More than 1 year ago
I never caught Downton Abbey fever, but I do find that slice of history interesting.  For fans of the TV series, however, Death of an Unsung Hero would be a must read.  Set in on an English manor in the early 1900's, this story revolves around a country hospital where WWI soldiers come to be healed of their 'shell-shock.'  When one of the soldiers is murdered, it's up to Lady Montfort and her trusty housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, to solve the mystery. Mrs. Jackson and Lady Montfort make an excellent pair of sleuths.  I loved how they worked together as friends despite their different stations in life.  I could almost see their eyes light up at the chance to solve a mystery.  Both characters complimented each other very well.  The secondary characters, too, were charming.  They were fun without being silly, and progressive without being pompous.  In fact, I would have loved to attend one of the family's dinner parties. The mystery was quite satisfactory.  The clues were nicely laid out, and although I didn't guess the ending, it didn't come as a complete surprise, either.  I liked that the murder wasn't excessively grisly or the villain overly evil.  Although I don't mind a gritty read, it's nice to have a story that isn't a blood bath. The history behind the story seemed very well researched.  I've read other books about WWI soldiers suffering from PTSD, and Death of an Unsung Hero fell in line with what I knew about psychological treatments of that time.  Also, the attitudes of those in society who felt that the soldiers were cowards for seeking asylum in a hospital was fascinating.  In fact, the history was one of the most interesting parts of the story. One thing that I found confusing, however, were the number of characters that I had to keep up with.  Lady Montford's family wasn't too difficult since there were only four of them, but there were many minor characters.  At times, I had a hard time determining who was who.  The way the story was written also occasionally flummoxed me.  The book was written in a more old fashioned way, and there were times when I had to re-read a sentence in order to understand it. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read.  The mystery and characters were solid.  I would definitely read other books in this series.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful WWI mystery novel. This is the first one that I have read in this series but it was okay because I was able to figure out who all the people were in this series. I really loved Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson. They are great at solving mysteries. I look forward to reading many more of these stories. I received a copy of this book from Minotaur books for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very downtown abbey ish, set in ww 1 with manor house of estate being used as a hospital to treat soldiers suffering from she'll shock. PTL today. A murder occurs. Interesting characters. Totally enjoyabke. I highly t recommend it.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Death of an Unsung Hero by Tessa Arlen was a fascinating mystery set in England during World War I. Although this is the first book I have read in this series, I had no problems as Ms. Arlen provided the background of each of the characters and there were only slight references to the previous books. The descriptive writing of Iyntwood estate, the surrounding countryside and Haversham Hall allowed me to feel like I was there with Lady Montford and Mrs. Jackson as they investigated. The plot is smoothly paced with twists and turns, red herrings, two murders but only a few suspects. The investigation by Lady Montford and Mrs. Jackson involved both the current events and people but the past as well. It also showcased the many societal changes as women are stepping out of traditional roles to assist in the war effort which naturally effected class and society as England knew it before 1914. There was actually more than one mystery to be solved in this book and both were resolved satisfactorily. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Minotaur Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.