Fatal Masquerade published 4th October 2017
Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside.
Lady Alkmene Callender has always loved grand parties, but when she receives an invitation to a masked ball thrown by Franklin Hargrove – oil magnate, aviation enthusiast and father of her best friend, Denise – she’s never seen such luxury. The estate is lit up with Chinese lanterns in the gardens, boats operated by footmen float across the pond and the guest list features the distinguished, rich and powerful!
But below the glamour, evil is lurking. When a dead body is discovered, it forces Lady Alkmene to throw off her mask and attempt to find the true killer before Denise’s family are accused. If only her partner, Jake Dubois, weren’t hiding something from her…
This case might just be more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.
This is the fourth in the “Lady Alkmene Mystery” series of books. I have read the first one “A Proposal to Die For”, so was interested to see what, if anything had changed or been carried through from the first one, as well as the more important on going character developments.
Alkmene is on her first visit to Hargrove Eastate with her relatively new friend, Denise Hargrove. She is the daughter of the landowner but does not get on with his second wife, her step mother, Cecily. Not getting on is an understatement, at times their relationship boarders on vicious. There is to be a masked ball at the estate, a large elaborate and lavish event that Alkmene is looking forward to. The chance to get away from London and the investigations she is spending more time on. She is surprised to see that Jake is also there, this is not the sort of event he would be socially invited to, so why was he there ? Then the inevitable happens, a murder!
As events come to pass Alkemene and her social status comes into play as she can talk more freely to guests, or should I say potential suspects. Jake Dubois sudden appearance is ideal for Alkmene to bounce ideas and thoughts off as the duo are once again in the thick of it. In this book, Lady Alkmene takes more a front seat, leading lady role as far as the investigative side of the plot is concerned.
I do think that Alkmene has grown a little stronger and more confident, she has lost some of her naivety but still manages to rush headlong into situations without thinking things through. This is a book I really enjoyed reading, the thing that makes it work for me is the 1920’s old style mystery feel it has. There are quite a lot of different events that have been cleverly twisted together to make for some really good mystery. Once again Vivian has created some very interesting characters who you will love, like and loathe. Again touching on the social class differences of the time, she has managed to find the right balance that was still a prominent aspect of the time.
I would recommend this book to readers who like a slower, gentler paced mystery, that is well written, with good plots and several twists. A cosy, deductive mystery with a female sleuth.
About the Author:
Vivian Conroy discovered Agatha Christie at 13 and quickly devoured all Poirot and Miss Marple stories. Over time Lord Peter Wimsey and Brother Cadfael joined her favorite sleuths. Even more fun than reading was thinking up her own fog-filled alleys, missing heirs and priceless artifacts. So Vivian created feisty Lady Alkmene and enigmatic reporter Jake Dubois sleuthing in 1920s London and the countryside, first appearing in A PROPOSAL TO DIE FOR (published by Carina UK/Harper Collins).
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- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1188 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQ Digital (4 Oct. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
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