In this "delightful debut mystery,"* London society's Beau Brummell proves that murder is never in style...
In the days of Regency England, Beau Brummell stood as the uncrowned king of genteel society. The quintessential style-maker, trend-setter, and fashion-forger, Brummell was the last person one would expect to find in the middle of a murder mystery. But then, Beau Brummell was never one to do what was expected...
When the Duchess of York begs for his help, Beau Brummell wouldn't think of refusing. The Countess of Wrayburn has been poisoned, and her paid companion is the prime suspect. Unfortunately, the Duchess is the one who arranged the young woman's employment with the late Countess, and the scandal could ruin the Duchess' good name.
Brummell does some inquiring of his own, and soon realizes that more than one person had motive to kill Lady Wrayburn. And he is going to find out who they are. Because if there's one thing that's never in style, it's murder...
"Beau Brummell...proves as adept at sniffing out a murderer as he is at squashing the socially pretentious in Rosemary Stevens' delightful debut mystery. A charmer from first page to last." --Dean James
"Ms. Stevens has deftly captured the tone and spirit of the times, vividly providing her readers with the details, sights, smells and customs of a bygone era, when detective work was still in its infancy, and a gentleman could be snubbed for an improperly tied neckcloth as well as for murder. Real historical characters mix easily with fictional ones with a sure and clever touch." --Mystery Books, Washington, D.C.
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Rosemary Stevens lives outside Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and two children. She has published several novels set in Regency England. She is also the author of Death on a Silver Tray, the first Beau Brummell mystery.From Publishers Weekly:
George Bryan "Beau" Brummell, the arbiter of fashion in Regency England, may seem an unlikely protagonist for a crime novel, but Stevens, author of four Regency romances, brings off this debut mystery with great ?lan. The night after the dowager Countess Wrayburn makes an unpleasant scene at an art exhibition, the old harridan is found dead in her bed, helped on her way with a little poison added to her evening glass of milk. The police office in Bow Street immediately suspects her paid companion, Miss Rebecca Ashton, whom the countess hired at the urging of the Duchess of York. Before Miss Ashton is arrested, the duchess asks Beau to help clear the young woman's name. The duchess's reputation, as well as Miss Ashton's life, is at stake. How can a gentleman refuse? Indeed, after his initial investigations, Brummell's own reputation is at risk. Beau Brummell often appears in Regencies as a two-dimensional figure, but here he has real character, intelligence and wit. Stevens includes a delightful group of secondary characters, some fictional, some not. With an excellent ear for the language of the time, she captures the spirit (and some of the smells) of Regency London. Cat fans will appreciate her theory on the introduction of an exotic feline strain into England. Readers of both historical mysteries and Regency romances will eagerly await sequels. (May)
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