Death of A Dishonorable Gentleman

Death of A Dishonorable Gentleman

Book - 2015 | First edition
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"Lady Montfort has been planning her annual summer costume ball for months, and with scrupulous care. Pulling together the food, flowers and a thousand other details for one of the most significant social occasions of the year is her happily accepted responsibility. But when her husband's degenerate nephew is found murdered, it's more than the ball that is ruined. In fact, Lady Montfort fears that the official police enquiry, driven by petty snobbery and class prejudice, is pointing towards her son as a potential suspect. Taking matters into her own hands, the rather over-imaginative countess enlists the help of her pragmatic housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, to investigate the case, track down the women that vanished the night of the murder, and clear her son's name. As the two women search for a runaway housemaid and a headstrong young woman, they unearth the hidden lives of Lady Montfort's close friends, servants and family and discover the identity of a murderer hiding in plain sight. In this enchanting debut sure to appeal to fans of Downton Abbey, Tessa Arlen draws readers into a world exclusively enjoyed by the rich, privileged classes and suffered by the men and women who serve them. Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman is an elegant mystery filled with intriguing characters and fascinating descriptions of Edwardian life--a superb treat for those who love British novels"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781250052490
Branch Call Number: MYS ARL
Characteristics: viii, 310 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 06, 2017

A good first entry in a new cozy mystery series. Enjoyable for fans of British drama series like Upstairs/Downstairs or Downton Abby.

Dec 19, 2016

(The first book in the Lady Montfort Mystery series)

Oct 12, 2016

For fans of British-based fiction, here is another interesting mystery series to add to your list. The upstairs/downstairs Edwardian era provides a great background for a carefully drawn plot, where it is possible, but not easy, to guess the solution.

Aug 22, 2016

Lady Montfort series, no. 1. Downtown Abbey fans may indeed enjoy this mystery, although to my taste it seemed to have more in common with the tone of the movie, Gosford Park. Set in 1913, Tessa Arlen paints the scene well. The style is a little stiff, and I thought Arlen's characters almost stereotypical, but this is a author whose skills are growing.

Mar 18, 2016

Sorry to say this was just too slow. I got about 100 pages in and the story was not moving along. Just a lot of conversation amongst the characters. It was hard to tell who was the protagonist and the author wasn't building any relationships amongst the characters.

CoreneBee Dec 24, 2015

For mystery fans, Tessa Arlen’s Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman combines the best of Downton Abbey with a dash of Agatha Christie. Lady Montfort’s annual costume ball is the social event of the season. No detail is too small for housekeeper Mrs. Jackson’s attention – but the evening is spoilt by the discovery of Lady Montfort’s wayward nephew’s body on the manor grounds. For once, the upstairs and downstairs worlds are united in their turmoil. Lady Montfort and her housekeeper break Edwardian class lines to form an uneasy alliance to solve this twisted mystery.

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