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A devious death, Alyssa Maxwell

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A devious death
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A devious death
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Alyssa Maxwell
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eng
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Phoebe and her sister Julia are eager for a summer getaway at High Head Lodge, the newly purchased estate of their cousin Regina. But Regina's odd friend, Olive, is far from friendly, and Regina's mother and brother-- bitter over the unequal distribution of her father's inheritance-- have descended on the house to confront Regina. Eva questions the loyalty and integrity of Miss Stanley, Lady Julia's new maid. When their hostess meets an untimely end-- murdered in her bed with no signs of struggle-- Lady Phoebe and Eva must uncover secrets hidden behind closed doors, before a killer ensures they never leave High Head Lodge alive
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  • Maxwell’s well-crafted third Lady and Lady’s Maid mystery featuring Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford (after 2016’s A Pinch of Poison), shows how class lines were blurred in post-WWI Britain. In August 1919, 20-year-old Phoebe and her elder sister, Julia, are invited by their cousin Regina Brockhurst to visit their relative’s new home, High Head Lodge, and help remodel the rundown manse into what Regina vaguely describes as a “gathering place for today’s enlightened intellectuals.” But a confrontation ensues when Regina’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law show up with a lawyer in tow. Regina’s recently deceased father, Lord Mandeville, left all his money to his daughter and nothing but an empty title to his son. When someone stabs Regina to death with a hat pin, suspicion falls on the members of her immediate family, but Phoebe and Eva soon discover that others stood to gain from Regina’s demise. Maxwell artfully portrays the personal dynamics of English society at the time, and readers will hope to see more of the endearing Phoebe and Eva. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/30/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 44, p)
  • Money may be the root of all evil, but is it the motive for murder?<br><br>Julia and Phoebe Renshaw know they must make wealthy marriages to keep the estate of the Earl of Wroxley afloat. But duty is rubbing up against love, especially for Julia, the beautiful elder daughter enamored of a nobleman whose estate is near ruin. The daughters have been invited to visit their cousin Regina Brockhurst, who's just purchased a home with the money she inherited from her father—much to the dismay of her mother, Lady Mandeville, her brother, Hastings, and his wife, Verna, who were left with little to support their pretensions. Phoebe's trusted maid, Eva, and Julia's sulky new maid, Miss Myra Stanley, are greeted by Regina's dear friend Olive Asquith, whom they take for an upper-level servant. But it's not so: Regina and Olive are making do with only a cook and her helper. Regina is mysterious about her plans for her new home, and when her unhappy relatives arrive with the family lawyer, they immediately accuse her of killing her father. The fog of enmity thickens when Regina is found dead in her bed, stabbed with the dowager's hatpin. Phoebe and Eva, no strangers to crime-solving (<i>A Pinch of Poison</i>, 2016, etc.), know that the investigation will mostly be in the hands of Eva's love, Constable Miles Brannock. Regina's family would prefer to believe she was killed by Olive, an apparent outsider whose socialist tendencies belie her wealthy background. As they watch the family's feeble gestures of mourning—Hastings floats around in what appears to be a whiskey-induced stupor, while his mother and wife shed no tears for Regina—the two sleuths devise a clever plan to catch the killer.<br><br>An unusual twist rooted in the recent horrors of World War I adds interest to a typical country-house mystery.(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2017)
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10611623
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YDX
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Maxwell, Alyssa
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3613.A8983
LC item number
D49 2018
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Lady and lady's maid mystery
Series volume
0003
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  • Nobility
  • Women household employees
  • Murder
  • Great Britain
  • England
  • Murder
  • Nobility
  • Women household employees
  • England
  • Great Britain
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A devious death, Alyssa Maxwell
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Sequel to: A pinch of poison
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocn981993522
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Kensington hardcover edition.
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9781617738401
Lccn
2017951255
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)981993522
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A devious death, Alyssa Maxwell
Publication
Copyright
Note
Sequel to: A pinch of poison
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn981993522
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Kensington hardcover edition.
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9781617738401
Lccn
2017951255
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)981993522

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