Miss Fisher meets Downton Abbey in Tell Me No Lies, part of the critically acclaimed Lady Dunbridge Mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble.
Rise and shine, Countess, you’re about to have a visitor.
Lady Dunbridge was not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s come to New York City, ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm. The social events of the summer have been amusing but Lady Phil is searching for more excitement---and she finds it, when an early morning visitor arrives, begging for her help. After all, Lady Phil has been known to be useful in a crisis. Especially when the crisis involves the untimely death of a handsome young business tycoon.
His death could send another financial panic through Wall Street and beyond.
With the elegant Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the opulent mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast as the backdrop, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.
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About the Author
SHELLEY NOBLE is the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Colors, as well as Stargazey Point, Breakwater Bay, and Whisper Beach. A former professional dancer and choreographer, she worked on the films Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. She has also published a series of cozies and the Lady Dunbridge historical mysteries, the first of which was a finalist for both the RITA and Macavity Awards for historical fiction. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Tell Me No Lies, the second book in the Lady Dunbridge mystery series, author Shelley Noble reprises her winning formula of spinning a tale with the most irresistible elements: Gilded-Age Manhattan high society, romance, rogues, scandal, intrigue, and delicious gossip. Since relocating to New York City, Lady Philomena Dunbridge has proven herself to be a trustworthy and resourceful confidant—one to whom wealthy women turn when they find themselves or their families at risk of scandal and ruin. Thus, when Perry Fauks, the young heir apparent to a manufacturing company fortune is found murdered at the Pratt mansion after an extravagant gala, Gwen Pratt calls upon Lady Phil for guidance. Indeed, just the slightest hint of scandal can undermine patriarch Luther’s prospects for an appointment to the Banking Commission and daughter Agnes’s social reputation. Just who stands to gain from the murder of Perry Fauks? Detective Sergeant John Atkins is formally assigned to the case, but it is soon apparent that powerful people are determined to derail his investigation. Reluctantly, he turns to Lady Phil for assistance. She proves to be an astute ally, using her access to the scene of the crime and her social connections quite effectively. Phil discovers that Perry was a cad in both his personal and business lives, operating outside of acceptable norms. Was Perry’s murder revenge for his personal peccadillos, or retribution for a shady scheme that caused financial devastation for several in his circle? In either case, there is a substantial number of suspects. Tell Me No Lies is filled with vivid historical detail and a lively cast of above- and below-stairs characters—a veritable New York-style Downton Abbey. Protagonist Lady Phil is a force to be reckoned with, and her playful banter with DS Atkins is highly spirited and entertaining. Moreover, Noble uses the classic technique of drawing room questioning of the assembled group of characters to great advantage, and the daring chase to capture the fleeing killer after the identity is revealed is icing on the cake. Author Shelley Noble has created an exciting series with massive appeal for fans of cozy mysteries, historical fiction, and old New York. And while Tell Me No Lies brings Lady Dunbridge’s latest adventure to a satisfying close, it also leaves readers pondering ongoing mysteries still swirling around our heroine: Who is her faithful lady’s maid Lily? Who is the anonymous donor responsible for funding Phil’s lavish apartment at the Plaza Hotel? And who is Mr. X, the mystery man and master of disguise watching over Phil, providing perfectly-timed clues for her investigations? Such curiosities give ample reason to anxiously await the further escapades of Lady Philomena Dunbridge.
Lady Philomena, Countess of Dunbridge returns to New York City after the death of her husband and is ensconced in a suite in the Plaza Hotel. Her title is her entre into Manhattan’s high society. While she’s been amused, she’s becoming bored. Then she has an early morning visitor who is asks her to involve herself in dealing with the untimely and unseemly death of a steel magnate’s heir. Her visitor is more worried that the death of the heir could cause a financial panic on Wall Street than he is that he has a dead body in his home. This is the second book in the Lady Dunbridge series, you need not have read the first book to enjoy this one. Noble provides us with sufficient information of the on-going characters so we don’t feel like we missed something by not reading the first book, “Ask Me No Questions” (2018). This is a well-written cozy mystery featuring a fascinating independent and intelligent woman who has a title and very little money. The author provides her readers with enough information to allow us to speculate on who murdered the young man and what motivated the killing. Noble’s secondary characters are nearly as interesting as her main character. Lily, Lady Phil’s lady’s maid, carries a stiletto strapped to her leg, and her butler, Preswick, has many skills not all of which he learned in his apprenticeship to becoming a butler in a prestigious home. Then there is Mister X, first introduced in the first book and making another appearance here. It’s not clear how long Noble can continue with leaving the reader in the dark about him before readers give up on the series because he is not much beyond a device for explaining how Phil knows to do some the things she has no business knowing. Noble is skillful in incorporating bits and piece of history into her story to make the reader feel like she’s with Phil as she moves amongst the city’s elite. There are no information dumps to give you the impression that the author is trying to impress readers with her research. If you like your mysteries cozy and well written with interesting characters trying to solve a murder, then this is the book for you, and it deserves to be high on your to-be-read list. My thanks to Forge Books and Edelweiss for an eARC.