Death on a Silver Tray (Beau Brummell Mysteries Series #1)

Death on a Silver Tray (Beau Brummell Mysteries Series #1)

by Rosemary Stevens

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When a desperate Duchess of York asks for his help, Beau Brummell wouldn't think of refusing. The cantankerous Countess of Wrayburn has been fatally poisoned, and her paid companion is the prime suspect. Unfortunately, the Duchess is the one who arranged the young woman's employment with the late Countess. If the accusations prove true, the scandal would ruin the Duchess's good name.
Ever the gentleman, Brummell hastens to the Wrayburn house to do some inquiring of his own. It doesn't take long to realize that more than one person had motive to poison Lady Wrayburn. And Beau Brummell is going to find out who they are. Because if there's one thing that's never in style, it's murder.

"George Bryan "Beau" Brummell, the arbiter of fashion in Regency England, may seem an unlikely protagonist for a crime novel, but Stevens . . . brings off this debut mystery with great èlan. Readers of both historical mysteries and Regency romances will eagerly await sequels."
Publishers Weekly

“With DEATH ON A SILVER TRAY, Ms. Stevens has pulled a hat trick: The novel likely will appeal equally to fans of romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. For that matter, it will appeal to anyone who enjoys a well told tale.”
Richmond Times Dispatch

“If P.G. Wodehouse had decided to write mysteries set in the Regency period with a sleuth who’s a combination of both Jeeves and Bertie, he might have come up with a character much like Rosemary Stevens’ Beau Brummell.”
The Mystery Reader Reviews

“A light, excity 1805 England is re-created with expertise, stylish prose, and dry humor.”
Library Journal

“Witty and stylish mysteries with good historical background. The writing is as elegant as Beau Brummell himself. Well done, Rosemary Stevens!”
M.C. Beaton (aka Marion Chesney) author of the Agatha Raisin
And Hamish MacBeth mystery novels

“Beau Brummell makes a dandy sleuth. Rosemary Stevens’ dashing detective romps through Regency England exposing the wickedness beneath the wit, wealth, and often heartless snobbery of an elegant era.”
Carole Nelson Douglas, Author of the Midnight Louie Mysteries

“Ms. Stevens has scored a triumph in this first Beau Brummell mystery. Who could be a more perfect detective? He has access to every drawing room, all the secrets, and is such a dashing hero-type. Her portrayal of this period and of Beau is masterly done.”
Rendezvous Magazine

“Beau Brummell, the legendary aesthete and Savile Row patron saint, is brought to life in the role of a fashionable society sleuth in a historical fiction. A light, fast, witty, and clever read. Expect a pleasant surprise from this unlikely exposition in Style.”
Savile Row Webzine for Gentlemen

“DEATH ON A SILVER TRAY is a delightful book that will thrill mystery lovers and regency fans equally. The mystery is a solid, classic tale, well clued and guaranteed to keep the reader guessing. Stevens does very well with her regency setting, capturing the essence of Brummell and the spirit of the times. Numerous historical figures add to the reader’s enjoyment. As a bonus, there is a delightfully fastidious Siamese called Chakkri. Sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the most entertaining reads.”
Romantic Times Magazine
"Beau Brummell proves as adept at sniffing out a murderer as he is at squashing the socially pretentious in Rosemary Stevens's delightful debut mystery. A charmer from first page to last." Dean James, New York Times Bestselling Author

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015643022
Publisher: Rosemary Stevens
Publication date: 09/24/2012
Series: Beau Brummell Mysteries Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 500,343
File size: 757 KB

About the Author

Cross Agatha Christie with Georgette Heyer and what do you get? Rosemary Stevens!
--Jane Detinger, Mystery Guild.
An anglophile since she was a child in Richmond, Virginia, Rosemary never dreamed that one day she would be compared to two of her favorite authors: Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer.
Her love of Heyer’s works inspired Rosemary to research and write about the English Regency period in 1994, resulting in her first novel, A Crime of Manners, published by Fawcett, a division of Ballantine Books. The first in the Cats of Mayfair series, A Crime of Manners was a finalist for the HOLT Medallion. Miss Pymbroke’s Rules, Lord and Master, and How the Rogue Stole Christmas completed the lighthearted romance series.
Rosemary’s ongoing, extensive research led to her fascination with Regency celebrity, George Bryan “Beau” Brummell. While he made cameo appearances in each of Rosemary’s previous books, she decided that a gentleman of his intelligence and wit surely solved crimes. That idea grew into the Beau Brummell Mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book, Death on a Silver Tray, appeared on the Independent Mystery Bookseller’s Association bestseller list multiple times, and won both the Agatha (Christie) Award for Best First Mystery and Romantic Times Award for Best First Mystery. Three more books in the series followed: The Tainted Snuff Box, The Bloodied Cravat, and Murder in the Pleasure Gardens. The Brummell books feature a mix of real historical personages and fictional characters. Witty and stylish mysteries with good historical background. The writing is as elegant as Beau Brummell himself. –M.C. Beaton aka Marion Chesney.
Switching gears to 1964 New York City, Rosemary authored a set of popular romantic mysteries set in 1964 New York City, featuring the adventures of a small town secretary Bebe Bennett and her stewardess roommate Darlene and how they navigate the swingin’ big city. Originally published by Signet Books under the name Rosemary Martin, the first book, It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod Murder was listed by the New York Post as Required Reading. Two other books, Twist and Shout Murder and Secret Agent Girl complete the series.
After five years in Los Angeles, Rosemary currently makes her home in the mountains of Virginia. All of her books are now available as ebooks.

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Death on a Silver Tray 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice story featuring many historical characters.
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I liked the cover and it ended up being quite entertaining. Very cute story.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The Duchess of York is the daughter of a king and the wife of a prince, but in spite of her regal bearing, she remains unhappy. She avoids London because she fears that her husband would flaunt his mistress in her face. Only the dire straits of her friend Miss Ashton could compel Freddie to visit the city.

Freddie calls upon her friend Beau Brummell for help when Miss Ashton's employer died from poisoning and Bow Street thinks she killed the cantankerous elderly woman. Although Beau is more concerned with making the proper fashion statement than proving the innocence of a maid, he cannot refuse Freddie's request. The Corinthian soon discovers that the Dowager Duchess had numerous enemies who wanted her dead and could have easily poisoned her milk. Beau continues to dig for the identify of the killer even as he proves that the Royal Duchess' confidence in him as being more than just a pretty face is valid.

Anyone who has read a Regency tale will know Beau Brummell as the ultimate fashion fad of the era. However, DEATH ON A SILVER TRAY portrays a more complete individual than the usual Beau found in novels as he uses his brains to ferret out the identity of a killer. The fascinating tale has cross appeal to historical mystery fans and historical romance readers as Rosemary Stevens paints an intriguing look at the English aristocracy inside a witty and delightful mystery. This first tale in what hopefully is a long running series is a triumph for readers of both sub-genres.

Harriet Klausner