Murder Most Malicious

Murder Most Malicious

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"In post-World War I England, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady's maid, Eva Huntford, step outside of their social roles and put their lives at risk to apprehend a vicious killer. December 1918: As a difficult year draws to a close, there is much to celebrate for nineteen-year-old Phoebe Renshaw and her three siblings at their beloved family estate of Foxwood Hall. The dreadful war is finally over; eldest daughter Julia's engagement to their houseguest, the Marquis of Allerton, appears imminent; and all have gathered to enjoy peace on earth, good will toward men. But the peace of Foxwood Hall is shattered on the morning of Boxing Day, when the Marquis goes missing. Not entirely missing, however, as macabre evidence of foul play turns up in gift boxes given to lady's maid Eva Huntford and a handful of others. Having overheard her sister and the Marquis in a heated exchange the night before, Lady Phoebe takes a personal interest in solving the mystery. As the local constable suspects a footman at Foxwood Hall, Phoebe and Eva follow the clues to a different conclusion. But both young women will need to think outside the box to wrap up this case--before a cornered killer lashes out with ill will toward them."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Kensington Books,, 2016
Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781617738302
1617738301
Call Number: M MAXWELL
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 22 cm

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shilohsmom
Oct 27, 2016

No. Just no. This book is contrived, forced, and badly researched. The author has absolutely no idea about the era she is supposedly writing about and even less knowledge about British life and customs. The cardboard characters with 21st century mores and ideas left me cold. What finally sent me over the edge was when she had leftovers served the next day and Yorkshire pudding served as dessert. There's better stuff to read than this.

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thebritlass
Feb 06, 2016

For fans of Downton Abbey, this first entry in a new British, upstairs-downstairs mystery series is sure to please. Absorbing and satisfying, it is possible to guess the culprit, but since some of the concluding details are not revealed until the end, the reader remains interested until the final page.

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nerowolfgal
Jan 15, 2016

I like books set just after the WWI but could not bring myself to care about any of the cardboard cutouts characters.

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