#BookReview : A Proposal To Die For by Vivian Conroy : @VivWrites @HQDigitalUK

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Synopsis:

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

Don’t miss the next Lady Alkmene Mystery

1. A Proposal to Die For
2. Diamonds of Death
3. Deadly Treasures

 

My thoughts:

A Proposal To Die For is set in 1920’s London and is the first in a series of books known as “The Lady Alkmene Callender Mysteries”.

Whilst out at the theatre Lady Alkemene overhears a conversation that adds a little spice to her boring life, the American actress Evelyn Steinbeck is in town.  News is heard of the death of wealthy Silas Norwhich, to Lady Alkmene, the death sounds suspicious.  Her mind starts working overtime and decides to see if there is anything she can discover for herself.  Whilst doing this she makes the acquaintance of Mr Dubois, a consulting detective and journalist.  When Lady Alkmene discovers he is also looking into this mystery she believes she has found an ally of sorts, and so an unusual and workable relationship is formed.

The partnership of Alkmene and Dubois as I have said is unusual, she from a very privileged and wealthy background, he a streetwise,working man.  He is very resentful of her social class and vociferously mentions this through the story, she is naive but determined that she is not what he thinks she is.  They work together well because of this social difference, she has access to people who would not even look never mind answer Dubois’ questions.  Where as Dubois has the access to the working class, servants, valets doormen and the such like.

This is a cosy mystery that has several story lines running through it pages.  It is a very refreshing read, it is not reliant on blood and gore, instead it is a deductive style of story.  As the duo progress through their case and discuss their thoughts and opinions, so then is the reader shown their reasonings.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it has a similar deductive style as you would find in Agatha Christie’s books.  If you like Poirot and Marple, then I think you will really enjoy The Lady Alkmene series of books.  This is a gently paced book with some wonderful and memorable characters who all have their parts to play.  Little details mentioned earlier in the book suddenly becomes a bigger clue.  I read this snuggled up in a blanket on a foggy autumn afternoon on of my “lazy-days”.  I would definitely recommend this book to readers who like a gentle more classic style of mystery who like good characters, plots and is well written.

I read this book as a pre-cursor my stop on blog tour for Viv’s upcoming new book Fatal Masquerade,  due for publication on October 4th 2017.  My stop on the tour is 11th October.  My thanks to Vivian Conroy who authorised a copy of this book via Netgalley.  My thoughts expressed here are honest, unbiased and are my own.

Book Details:

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1287 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (19 Sept. 2016)
  • Available from Amazon

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