EXCERPT: ‘Marry me.’
The whispered words reached Lady Alkmene Callender’s ears just as she was reaching for the gold lighter on the mantlepiece to relight the cigarette in her ivory holder.
Freddie used to be a dear and bring her Turkish ones, but since he had been disinherited by his father for his gambling debts, his opportunities for travel had been significantly reduced, as had Alkmene’s stash of cigarettes. These ones, obtained from a tobacconist on Callenburg Square, had a taste of propriety about them that made them decidedly less appetizing than the exotic ones she had to hide from her housekeeper – who always complained that the lace curtains got yellowish from the smoke.
‘Marry me,’ the insistent voice repeated. . .
ABOUT THIS BOOK: The first book in the new Lady Alkmene Callender Mystery series
A murderous beginning
With her father away in India, Lady Alkmene Callender finds being left to her own devices in London intolerably dull, until the glamorous Broadway star Evelyn Steinbeck arrives in town! Gossip abounds about the New York socialite, but when Ms Steinbeck’s wealthy uncle, Silas Norwhich, is found dead Lady Alkmene finds her interest is piqued. Because this death sounds a lot to her like murder…
Desperate to uncover the truth, Lady Alkmene begins to look into Ms Steinbeck’s past – only to be hampered by the arrival of journalist, Jake Dubois – who believes she is merely an amateur lady-detective meddling in matters she knows nothing about!
But Lady Alkmene refuses to be deterred from the case and together they dig deeper, only to discover that some secrets should never come to light…
The twenties have never been so dangerous.
MY THOUGHTS: ‘The best pleasures are the unexpected ones.’
I wasn’t expecting a great deal from this book, but it was a light amusing read that provided more enjoyment than expected. Like a refreshing sorbet between main courses, it cleansed my palate, and
my mind, between two ‘grittier’ reads. It was really just what I needed.
This tale contains the requisite beautiful heiress, an intimidating stranger, a feisty and determined Lady with time on her hands and a sharp mind, and a death made suspicious by a snippet of overheard conversation.
I didn’t bother to try to solve the mystery as I read, in fact for some time I wasn’t even convinced that there was a murder to be solved; I just enjoyed the read. And yes, I would read another in this series if I stumbled across it.
Thank you to Carina UK for providing a digital ARC of A Proposal to Die For by Vivian Conroy for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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