For Dead Men Only (Dr. Alexandra Gladstone Series)

For Dead Men Only (Dr. Alexandra Gladstone Series)

by Paula Paul

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For Dead Men Only (Dr. Alexandra Gladstone Series) by Paula Paul

Hailed as “an intriguing mixture of mystery, romance, and history” by Lois Duncan, the Alexandra Gladstone series from award-winning author Paula Paul continues as an ominous horseman heralds the emergence of a secret society, hidden riches—and a string of chilling murders.
 
The Temple of the Ninth Daughter sits on a hill at the edge of Newton-upon-Sea, an aura of mystery lingering over its tall, gray silhouette. Villagers whisper about the treasure housed inside, protected by local Freemasons who are bound by clandestine oaths.
 
Dr. Alexandra Gladstone has no time for such nonsense. Between the patients in her surgery and the rounds she makes with her faithful dog, Zack, her days are busy enough. But Alexandra has no logical explanation when the Freemasons start dying, one by one, with no sign of foul play other than smears of blood on their Masonic aprons. And what to make of reports that a Knight Templar rides through the village before each passing?
 
After the constable disappears in the midst of the crisis, Alexandra reaches out to her dashing, diligent friend, Nicholas Forsythe, Lord Dunsford, for assistance. Is someone after the treasure, or might a more sinister game be afoot? In order to solve this puzzle, Alexandra must somehow catch a killer who shows no remorse—and leaves no witnesses.
 
Praise for Paula Paul’s Alexandra Gladstone mysteries
 
“I love the way real personalities from the past keep popping up to intermingle with Paul’s fictional characters.”—Lois Duncan, award-winning and bestselling author of Killing Mr. Griffin and I Know What You Did Last Summer
 
“A lively mixture of ruling-class murder, Victorian morals, and love.”—Bestselling author Tony Hillerman
 
“I would recommend this to fans of the Maisie Dobbs series. There’s a strong female character in a historical setting. She’s determined, logical, intelligent and faces an unusual situation.”—The Reader’s Hollow

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101883228
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Series: Dr. Alexandra Gladstone Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 111,937
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Award-winning novelist Paula Paul was born on her grandparents’ cotton farm near Shallowater, Texas, and graduated from a country high school near Maple, Texas. She earned a BA in journalism and has worked as a reporter for newspapers in both Texas and New Mexico. She’s been the recipient of state and national awards for her work as a journalist as well as a novelist. Her previous novels featuring Dr. Alexandra Gladstone, including Symptoms of Death, have appeared on bookstore and online bestseller lists. She is also the author of the Mystery by Design series, which she wrote as Paula Carter. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Prologue

Soon Jeremy Fitzsimmons would return to the temple, but first he wanted to devour her with all of his senses. He had spotted her through the mist as he was walking from his seaside house. She was a lovely specter, so fair, so delicate she seemed to have been spun from silk. Her dark hair loosened from its pins and fell down her back as she turned to face the sea, holding her bonnet in her hand. The breeze lifted the dark mane slightly and floated strands across her face. He knew that face well, knew the patrician lines of it, the emeralds that were her eyes, the blush of her cheeks against creamy white skin. He had often admired the curve of her breasts above her bodice, her delicate hands, the cruel sound of her laughter.

Behind her, in the distance, was the temple, a dark swelling of hard stone with the Cyclops eye of God staring in judgment from between the two pillars of Boaz and Jachin. He should leave now and return there, but he knew she hadn’t seen him, and as long as she was distracted, he could watch her unnoticed. He could fully take in the way she moved, her limbs gliding beneath billowing skirts while her hips undulated. He could secretly study the ivory tower that was her neck, the nip of her waist.

He continued to watch as she turned her back to the sea, and it struck him that everything about her was turned away from all openness. He had wanted her to open her heart to him. There were times when he’d even imagined she loved him, but in the next moment she might slash his soul with a scornful glare. He was fainthearted, she said, weak, cowardly.

He saw that her eyes were fixed on the temple, or, more precisely, on one of the four rounded protrusions at each corner that housed the secret chambers. The intensity of her gaze made him uneasy, as if her jade stare could somehow defile the secret chambers. Of course the temple was no place for women.

The wind tore her bonnet from her hand and pulled more strands of her hair around to caress her face. Even as she walked away, moving parallel to the sea, she never turned back to fetch her bonnet. When she was almost out of sight, he turned from his original route and plucked the bonnet from the bramble that had grabbed it, holding it close to his chest for a moment before he resumed his route and walked away from her and toward the Temple of the Ninth Daughter.

The dark stone building rose to a height of four stories and sat on a low hill covered with brush and trees at the edge of the village of Newton-upon-Sea. Its distance from the main part of the village and its imposing height gave it an air of aloofness and mystery. There were thirteen lichen-covered stone steps situated between the pillars Boaz and Jachin, the same names given to the pillars of the ancient Temple of Solomon.

Using his key, Fitzsimmons unlocked the heavy wooden doors and pushed both of them open. He felt a rush of cold air and took in the familiar heavy scent of things ancient and mystical. It took a moment for his eyes to adjust to the darkness, then he could make out the altar in the middle, a velvet rope defining its boundaries. Behind it, a distance away, was the ornately carved throne of the Grand Master. His throne. Two curved stairways leading up to the secret chambers flanked the throne. A double row of chairs lined the side walls that seemed to hover over the hall. The walls were etched with red, gold, and black figures, some of them oddly Egyptian, along with a depiction of the Paschal Lamb, a knight astride a horse, the Rose-Croix, and the sacred blue slipper.

Above the throne was a large carving of a square and compasses surrounding the letter G that stood for both the one God and for the holy and sacred discipline of geometry.

The sound of Fitzsimmons’s footsteps on the stone floor echoed from the dark and ornate walls as he walked across the long space to the altar, where he placed the bonnet. He was startled when he noticed someone watching him—a figure slouched in the corner. He immediately retrieved the bonnet, fearing the person watching him would think he had defiled the altar. Naturally, the watcher would be a fellow Freemason. There would be no reason for anyone else to enter the temple. Fitzsimmons, as Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge of the Ninth Daughter in Newton-upon-Sea, knew that better than anyone.

“Who’s there?” he shouted, and in the same moment recognized the figure as Saul Mayhew. “Brother Mayhew, why are you—”

Mayhew slowly slipped to the floor, and Fitzsimmons, when he saw the gaping mouth and unblinking eyes, realized he was dead. Saul wore his Masonic apron. Fitzsimmons gasped when he saw that the apron that symbolized purity and cleanliness had been defiled with dried blood, yet there was no sign of a wound on Saul’s body.

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For Dead Men Only (Dr. Alexandra Gladstone Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dr Alexandra Gladstone series excellent - I hope Ms. Paul writes a few more - and it'd be nice if they are also all issued in eBook format.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tedious and unoriginal.
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dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
A delightful read, as was the previous story. Interesting characters who keep you guessing just enough as to what they will do. Unsettling situations. Danger and adventure and mystery.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
I read Medium Dead: An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul last year and loved it. When I was asked to read and review this one, I jumped at the chance. I loved the premise, the ladies and the exciting conclusion. The characters were believable and anything dealing with Freemasons is a winner for me. If you love historical cozy mysteries in the vein of Agatha Christie with a dash of Murdoch Mysteries, you've love this book and the whole series! I can't to read the next one! Many thanks to Netgalley and Random House - Alibi for a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
FOR DEAD MEN ONLY takes us back in time with meaning for today. FOR DEAD MEN ONLY by Paula Paul The Second Alexandra Gladstone Mystery Something's going on in Newton-upon-Sea. A Freemason is found dead inside the Masonic Lodge of the Ninth Daughter and a Templar Knight is seen riding through the village. While the enigmatic Constable Snow considers the death to be a heart attack as there are no obvious wounds, the Grand Master of the lodge believes it to be murder and calls upon Dr. Alexandra Gladstone. Before Alexandra can even consider investigating the matter the Grand Master himself is found dead. Even though she is a doctor with all the necessary training and talent, Dr. Gladstone is not allowed to perform autopsies-it just wouldn't be proper for a woman to see an unclothed man, even for this purpose. However, biased townspeople and discriminatory laws won't stop this Victorian doctor and her friends. With her housekeeper/nurse Nancy, the two lads she has taken in to work for her, her faithful dog, Zeke, and the dashing Lord Dunsford to help, Dr. Alexandra Gladstone will search for answers despite the risks. FOR DEAD MEN ONLY looks at both class and gender while delivering an interesting mystery. Alexandra Gladstone is a doctor, an uncommon profession for a woman in the Victorian age. Yet although she has the skill and knowledge the fact that she's a woman prevents her from performing some rudimentary tasks; performing an autopsy on a man, for example or even being called a physician. Some townspeople don't view her as a doctor at all and get up in arms when they think she is overstepping her bounds. Gender isn't the only discriminating issue at work here. The class system is keeping romance slightly at bay. Lord Dunsford is a friend to Alexandra and, whether consciously or not, both have romantic feelings for each other. Yet Alexandra is even more aware of their class distinction and the impossibility of a relationship between them. Though I, and I'm sure most readers, are rooting for them as a couple.A constant in this book, however, is loyalty. Nancy, Lord Dunsforth, Artie, Rob, and Zeke prove their loyalty time and again, creating a family, even without blood. Paul's vivid descriptions capture English village life in the late 19th century and readers are transported to Alexandra Gladstone's world. FOR DEAD MEN ONLY provides a mystery which calls upon ancient lore and modern Freemasons creating an atmosphere of suspense. A historical mystery which is able to resonate with modern readers, FOR DEAD MEN ONLY takes us back in time with meaning for today. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book written by Paula Paul. This book is part of the An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery series. Dr. Alexandra Gladstone has no time for nonsense, between patients in her surgery and the rounds she makes with her faithful dog, Zack. When the Freemasons start dying, one by one with no sign of foul play other than smears of blood on their Masonic aprons. She decides to find the killer from some help from her friend. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
Love the Series. I was really lucky to get a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review, because I love this series very much and I could not wait to see what our leading Ladies are up to again. As with most series I usually recommend that one reads them from the beginning, just to get to know the characters better, but I also believe you could enjoy it even if you are a newcomer to the series. The characters are likable and very relatable and the plot-line moved along well, however I kinda figured out who the murderer was much sooner than in previous books, and I was happy that the romance seems to heat up a little bit more, though not as much as I wanted it too. But despite that I enjoyed the book very much, and its also a good reminder how many obstacles women had to overcome.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
his was the second cozy Victorian mystery that I've read by this author. And just like the first one, this one did not fail to entertain. Someone is killing all the Freemasons and there is someone who goes around wearing a mask riding a white horse who appears every time a Freemason dies. The story definitely grips you as you try and figure out who is doing all the killing. Seems like you figure it out and that person ends up dead next. I had an enjoyable time reading this little cozy and as I said before, I'll be waiting for this author's next book. Huge thanks to Alibi and Net Galley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this sincerely recommendable cozy.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second novel in this series that I’ve had the pleasure to read - the first was Medium Dead. They both have Dr Alexandra Gladstone, her maid and friend, Nancy and the local Lord and suitor of Alex, Nicholas Forsyth, Lord Dunsford as the main characters. Set in Victorian England, this was a time when females were not expected to be educated and Alex is very unusual in being a fully qualified Doctor, taking over the practice of her deceased father in the village of Newton-upon-Sea. Most villagers are happy to receive treatment for their ills from her but some resent her gender. In this story the murders of local Freemasons who are involved in protecting the Temple of the Ninth Daughter are the triggers for Alex to investigate, putting not only her own life in danger but those of others close to her as she seeks to identify the murderer before more villagers become victims. This works well as a standalone story, with well crafted characters at the heart of the story. It has an intriguing plot and plenty of twists and turns together with historical background information regarding women’s rights in that era. Whilst the endeavours to identify the murderer are, naturally, a serious matter, the story itself also has humorous times as the well portrayed characters interact. The relationships between different characters are also continuing to evolve and develop - and I still hope that Nicholas and Alex will, eventually, give in to their mutual attraction despite their social differences which were so significant in that era. This is an entertaining historical murder mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed and have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who enjoys this genre. I was gifted a copy of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.