From AGATHA and Romantic Times winning author, Rosemary Stevens
"Cross Agatha Christie with Georgette Heyer and what do you get?--Rosemary Stevens!" Jane Detinger, Senior Editor, Mystery Guild
"Witty and stylish mysteries . . . the writing is as elegant as Beau Brummell himself. Well, done Rosemary Stevens!" M.C. Beaton
Author of the Hamish MacBeth and the Agatha Raisin mysteries
After one too many distasteful meals at his usual gentleman's club, Beau Brummell opens his own named Watier's. It isn't long before the club's exquisite cuisine and high gambling stakes attract London's aristocracy to Beau's doors. Bu the fashionable establishment becomes embroiled in scandal when Lieutenant Nevill, inexperienced in games of chance, believes he's been cheated at cards by government official Theobald Jacombe. The confrontation escalates when Jacombe make off-color remarks about the lieutenant's intended . . . infuriating the young officer into challenging him to a duel.
Before Beau can talk Nevill out of this course of action, Jacombe is found murdered at Vauxhall's Pleasure Gardens — and the lieutenant is detained as the most likely suspect. Convinced of Nevill's innocence, the master of style must deduce who would want to kill a respected member of the Home Office with a supposedly spotless reputation . . .
“The fourth puzzle for real-life dandy Beau Brummell — clever, compassionate friend to the Prince of Wales in Regency England — begins in Watier's, the London gambling club he owns. When young Lieutenant Nevill lost a fortune at play, the generous Brummell forgave the debt. Now Nevill's in even hotter water. In response to his accusation that respected Home Office official Theobald Jacombe has cheated at cards, Jacombe has challenged him to a duel. The evening before the event is to take place, an unknown party make it unnecessary by shooting Jacombe to death at Vauxhall Gardens, an entertainment complex, and Nevill is arrested for the killing. Beau, convinced of his innocence, works to uncover Jacombe's deeply hidden unsavory past and its connection to Molly, Nevill's beloved. While she's waiting for Nevill to carry her off, Molly lives and works at Haven of Hope, a women's shelter run by Beau's close friend Lydia Lavender, whose policeman father is in charge of the case. Before it's all over, Nevill's nasty grandfather will become a second murder victim and Beau will draw a confession from a surprising killer. Relaxed storytelling replete with clever plotting, vivid character portraits, and period details."
About the Author
--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. www.rosemarystevens.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Most of society in Regency London thinks that Beau Brummell is a glorified dandy who cares for nothing but the cut and style of his clothes. He is a personal friend of the Prince Regent and is invited to all the parties the Ton gives. One day while dining at his club White¿s, he realizes it doesn¿t please his palate. He opens his own club Waitiers, which becomes an overnight hit, serving delectable food and allowing the clientele to indulge in gambling. One night at the club, some men are playing cards when Lieutenant Nevill accuses Mr. Jacombe of cheating. Mr. Jacombe, a man with a high position in the government and known for his kindness and honor, is so angry he challenges the soldier to a duel. Before that can happen, Mr. Jacombe is murdered and witnesses place Lieutenant Nevill at the scene holding a gun. Beau, who knows the lieutenant, doesn¿t believe he is guilty and goes out of his way to prove it. The hero of this regency mystery actually existed with his closest friends knowing he was intelligent so it should not surprise history buffs that Beau could have been a brilliant detective. As he examines the victim¿s life, he learns that the man was not a paragon of virtue but a vile predator who had many people wishing him dead. The who-done-it is fascinating and it is obvious that Rosemary Stevens does her research because MURDER IN THE PLEASURE GARDEN is an accurate vivid depiction of life in Regency England. Harriet Klausner