Murder at Archly Manor

Murder at Archly Manor

by Sara Rosett

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A high-society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she out-class the killer before an innocent person takes the fall?

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she's penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job--looking into the background of her cousin's fiancé, Alfred. He burst into the upper crust world of London's high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive's first case is her last.

Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you'll love USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett's series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike.

Travel back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with Murder at Archly Manor.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161789018
Publisher: Sara Rosett
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Series: High Society Lady Detective Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 594
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett writes light-hearted mysteries for readers who enjoy puzzling plots, charming settings, and quirky characters.

She is the author of the Murder on Location series, the Ellie Avery series, the On the Run series, and the High Society Lady Detective series. Sara also teaches an online course, How to Outline A Cozy Mystery.

Publishers Weekly called Sara's books, “satisfying,” “well-executed,” and “sparkling.” Sara loves to get new stamps in her passport and considers dark chocolate a daily requirement. Find out more at

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Murder at Archly Manor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read, fast, with interesting characters. Good plot with many suspects.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm loving this well written mystery series. I'm looking forward to the third book.
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Tangen More than 1 year ago
historical-fiction, murder, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, cosy-mystery, British Enjoying this book was easy, writing a review without leaking spoilers is not. The publisher's blurb is pretty good, but can't let you know that it's hard to pick out who will actually be the victim or how convoluted the suspect list becomes. There are even a small few characters that I really hope will feature in later books. Speaking of characters, they are very well drawn from the shallow to the ably competent to the downright slimy. An excellent read! I requested and received a free ebook copy via NetGalley. Thank you!
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett is the first book in the High Society Lady Detective series and I hope this will continue for some time. I found Ms. Rosett's writing to be descriptive and smoothly paced as the characters were introduced to the reader. I like Olive and cheered her on as she tried to find a way to make a living in London during the 1920s. Being from a higher society, but not the "upper crust", Olive has a few years of college under her belt but no marketable skills. She needs a job to support herself as she left home after her father remarried. Her Aunt Caroline and cousin, Gwen, hire her to establish the background on Alfred Eton who has become engaged to Violet, Gwen's sister. To learn more about him, Olive and Gwen attend a weekend party at Archly Manor. Unfortunately, the first night of the party, Alfred is pushed off a balcony and now Violet is the police's number one suspect. With a deftly plotted story, many shady characters attending the party, and enough twists and turns to cloud motive, means and even opportunity, it's an intriguing story that I was completely wrapped up until the end. It's obvious that Ms. Rosett did her homework for this historical novel and I was fascinated by the little details about the life and times of London and the countryside after the war. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Olive Belgrave didn’t plan to become a detective, but she needed a job and when asked to look in the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred, she can’t refuse. Before she can really delve into his history the man falls to his death at a party right before her eyes. There was someone else on the balcony so now her investigation is expanded into looking for a killer. Everyone the party is now a suspect and the murderer is determined to get away scot-free. *** I liked Olive right away. A strong woman for the 1920’s, wanting to be independent. She is smart, inquisitive and well educated, although no real work skills, she just needs to find the perfect job. Her cousin’s Gwen’s telegram arrives when she is almost out of money. Her other cousin Violet has taken up with a man they know nothing about and he is very evasive about the details of his upbringing. Violet is in love and doesn’t care, but her mother and sister sure do, They decide to pay Olive to investigate Alfred Eton and that puts Olive one step closer to the independence she seeks. These characters and the rest in the story are very cleverly written. I worry about Olive’s father because of her overbearing stepmother. The group that attends the party thrown by Sebastian Blakely, Alfred’s godfather and noted photographer, are a hodgepodge group of aristocrats and hangers-on, and any of them could be guilty of the murder. The mystery turns out to be much more that it seems at first. Twists and turns take us the reader and Olive in many different directions. While complex, the author has a very comfortable writing style that allows the reader to really take the journey with these characters. At times I forgot the story is set in the 1920’s even though the author hit all the right notes for the time period. I found myself totally immersed in the tale. I did enjoy all the descriptions of fashion and hairstyles of the era. This series is off to a roaring start. A delightful look at high society London in the ’20’s. Fun characters, an extraordinary setting and a well-plotted mystery made for a truly entertaining read. I am looking forward to more High Society Lady Detective stories.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a fascinating look at society in the 1920s while providing a clever mystery MURDER AT ARCHLY MANOR by Sara Rosett The First High Society Lady Detective Book Unable to live with her domineering step-mother, Olive Belgrave moves to London, assured she can easily find a job and support herself. Unfortunately, Olive soon learns that jobs are much harder to find, even for an educated young lady in 1923. A call for assistance from a wealthy cousin turns into a job. After all, why pay a detective to ferret out information on a shady looking suitor when the money can be kept in the family. Soon Olive is crashing a house party to glean information on the wily fiance. Circumstances change however when Olive sees a blonde woman shove him over a balcony to his death. Now instead of looking into his life, she's investigating his death and trying to prove her cousin innocent of his murder. The juxtaposition of the wealthy, the penniless aristocrats, and the hangers on, gives a compelling look at 1920s high society. Those Bright Young People with their fancy house parties and their questionable morals, extravagance, and superficial views of the world force readers to contemplate their own part in society. It's all a lark, or is it? The first High Society Lady Detective book takes a fascinating look at society in the 1920s while providing a clever mystery. I love the maps at the start of the book, certainly a nod to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. With read herrings, plenty of suspects, and disreputable characters MURDER AT ARCHLY MANOR is a solid start to a new series. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett is the first book in A High Society Lady Detective series. Olive Belgrave has left her family home and struck out on her own to live in London. She has been unsuccessful at finding a position despite her education. She gets a desperate telegram from her cousin, Gwen Stone asking her to visit their home, Parkview. Gwen’s flighty sister, Irene has gotten herself engaged to Alfred Eton. Violet’s mother, Caroline and Gwen are not fans of the man, and he has provided few details on his background. Caroline wants to hire a private investigator, but she does not wish to associate with any unsavory types. Olive volunteers to dig into Alfred’s history and the family insists on paying her. Sebastian Blakely, society photographer and Alfred’s godfather, is hosting a weekend party which allow Olive to ask subtle questions. The party is off to roaring start until one of the guests ends up dead and Violet is the prime suspect. Olive must expose the killer before her cousin is hauled off to the hoosegow. Murder at Archly Manor gives us a lively main character in Olive. Her father recently remarried a woman who prefers Olive to be out of the house and keeps pushing her to marry the local curate (he is odious). Olive was attending college in America until her father lost her college fund on a scheme. Olive is smart, pretty and fashionable which is the last thing a woman of the house wants in a governess. I found Murder at Archly Manor easy to read thanks to the authors breezy writing style and steady pacing. Sara Rosett captured the era with the hairstyles, attitudes, language (slang) and fashions. I wish the author had provided more background information on Olive and key details on other characters (last names for example). The murder takes place around the thirty percent mark which I felt was a little late in the story. There are several suspects, a red herring and good clues to aid readers in solving the whodunit. Murder at Archly Manor is a light, humorous historical cozy mystery that will transport you back to the roaring 20s. The next novel in A High Society Lady Detective series is Murder at Blackburn Hall.