Petty Treason: A Sarah Tolerance Mystery

Petty Treason: A Sarah Tolerance Mystery

by Madeleine E. Robins
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Petty Treason: A Sarah Tolerance Mystery 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1810, A flustered Mr. Colcannon on the advice of a friend visits the only female Agent of Inquiry Sarah Tolerance who chose that profession over her other choice of whoring. Colcannon hires Sarah to discreetly investigate the murder of his brother-in-law, French aristocratic émigré Chevalier d¿Aubigny. The culprit beat the victim so brutally in his bed until he died and then some in a fancier part of London where homicides never occur...................... Sarah wearing her male garb and carrying her sword learns quickly that d¿Aubigny frequented brothels where he abused the Fallen as he also did his spouse. Sarah makes the rounds of the whorehouses, but quickly realizes that she stopped him from accosting a prostitute Anne the night he died. When Anne is arrested for homicide, as a POINT OF HONOR Sarah digs deeper because she is convinced the young woman is innocent. However, apparently half the city including his wife detested the French emigrant enough to want him dead................................... This excellent Regency mystery brings to life the decadence of the aristocracy and the limited choices women have. The who-done-it is terrific as Sarah is a delightful lead protagonist. The number of suspects ranges the social classes of London so that the audience struggles as to whether the killer is family, upper class outside of his in-laws, or a whore he abused. Fans of historical mysteries will enjoy sleuthing the streets of London along side the intrepid Sarah............................... Harriet Klausner
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