The Gilded Shroud

The Gilded Shroud

by Elizabeth Bailey


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First in a new series that has the perfect mix of Regency murder and mystery.

When the marchioness is found murdered at Polbrook mansion, the Dowager Lady Polbrook's new companion, Ottilia Draycott, finds herself in a house of strangers and every one of them a suspect. Only she can unmask and outwit a desperate killer and keep a Polbrook family secret buried.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425242896
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: A Lady Fan Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Bailey is the author of more than a dozen Regency novels. She lives in England.

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The Gilded Shroud 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
nana-et-al More than 1 year ago
This book caught my attention while looking for other books. I noticed first the cover which is attractive and then the title which definitely caught my interest. Then the synopsis on the back sold me. I was engaged from the first page to the last with no lagging in between. The main characters were interesting and likable. The story flowed from one sentence to another to another, and I just kept reading. This is the first book in a new series, and I will be watching for the next one. I only wish like many readers do that writers could write faster. It always seems such a long wait for the next book from a favorite author, or as in this case a new author, to come out. Especially now that so many books are going from hardback to paperback and then finally to mass market. And so many now never get to mass market. And in this economy it gets expensive to buy trade-size paperbacks. Plus with arthritic hands the larger books are too heavy to hold. I apologize for getting side tracked into pet peeves. I would definitely recommend this book for those readers who like historical mysteries with some light romance included. Maybe she's a fast writer!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lady Emily Fanshawe's personal maid Mary Huntshaw walks to her mistress' bedroom with a hot chocolate only to smell a horrific odur and the room in disarray. Mary starts screaming as she realizes someone strangled Lady Emily and her husband Randal is missing. Randal's mother the Marchioness of Polbrook fears her son the marquis killed his wife. Her other son Francis struggles to control his nausea as he takes charge. The Marchioness' temporary companion Widow Ottilia Draycott offers to investigate the homicide. Though she has doubts the Marchioness agrees as she hopes to keep her oldest son out of gaol. Tillie quickly learns a theft of a valuable family heirloom occurred also. Asking questions of those at the estate, Tillie seeks the motives and opportunities of a house of strangers; while her attraction to Francis helps and hinders her inquiry. The Gilded Shroud is a charming Regency romantic amateur sleuth starring a wonderful intelligent heroine. The story line engages the reader in the mystery while the romance between "Fan" and "Tillie" enhances the investigation. Sub-genre readers will want Tillie and Fan working future inquiries. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery and I loved the characters however, could use with a little more of the romance piece. I know it's Regency England but come on!
Pompie1999 More than 1 year ago
2.5 Stars rounded up to 3 I loved the synopsis of this book when I read it and immediately purchased it. I loved the mystery itself, but the rest seemed more like a script for an over-the-top stage play with cardboard characters than it did anything representing real life. The relationships and conversations between servants and upper classes were so far off base that it was more fantasy than reality. Then – the view of the Bow Street Runners – absolutely ridiculous. In that period Bow Street couldn’t touch the peerage in any way, shape or form – they couldn’t even enter through the front door of the home, they had to go to the servants entrance and if the peerage didn’t want to allow them in or to talk to them, they didn’t have to. Members of the peerage would be tried before the House of Lords and they almost never, ever convicted each other of anything. So, a peer could, literally, get away with murder – especially against someone who ‘belonged’ to him – such as a wife. According to Goodreads, this book was first published in 1992, so I’m hoping that it was a ‘learner’ novel for this author and the subsequent books (written over twenty years later) will be much better. See the rest of my review at:
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable Georgian mystery with romance overtones, the start of a series. The milieu will be familiar to readers of Regency romances, although this is set a little earlier (during the early days of the French Revolution, before the Reign of Terror really got underway). A noblewoman is murdered in her bed; her husband left town shortly before the body was discovered, leaving him under suspicion. His brother and his mother's new companion must work together to solve the crime.I did supect the murderer fairly early on, which usually is a black mark for me, but it was a satisfying mystery anyway.
Charlotte Pawson More than 1 year ago
One of the best historical mysteries l’ve read this year. Ottilia Draycott enters the house as companion to the Dowager Marchioness of Polbrook. (Sybilla). Upon that same night the the mistress of the house is murdered her husband was suspect had he done a runner? Ottilia investigates, a very modern women for her time, she has the support of Lord Francis the husband’s brother. He believes her an infuriating female but is also most drawn to her and will follow this free thinking women’s investigation. You will follow along the same path of the investigation and there are red herrings galore. I was enthralled by this mystery and would willingly follow into another. I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Vesper1931 More than 1 year ago
Mrs Ottilia Draycott has just arrived as a temporary companion to the Dowager Lady Polbrook when news reaches them that the Lady Emily is dead. Having a lively inquisitive mind Ottilia starts to investigate as only an outsider can do. I enjoyed this historical murder mystery with its likeable characters. A good start for this new series
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