Murder at Archly Manor
Sara Rosett, author
A high society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she out-class the killer before an innocent person takes the fall? London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred. Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last. Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett’s series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike. Travel back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with Murder at Archly Manor.
Set in 1923 England, this sprightly series launch from Rosett (the Ellie Avery series), introduces plucky Olive Belgrave, who leaves her father’s home in the village of Nether Woodsmoor for London when it becomes clear that her young stepmother resents her presence and would like nothing more than to marry her off to the sweaty local curate. However, “a young woman with a classical education and extensive training in how to be a lady” is not a good candidate for employment, and she struggles to find work. When Olive’s aunt Caroline asks her to look into the background of her cousin Violet’s fiancé, Alfred Eton, explaining that she doesn’t want to deal with “someone not of our class,” Olive jumps at the chance to earn rent money. At a glamorous house party, where Olive hopes to learn more about Alfred’s past, she witnesses his murder. To save Violet’s reputation, she steps in to find the killer. The play-fair plot provides plenty of surprises for Olive, who proves herself to be a keen hands-on detective. The period details—clothes, language, attitudes—are spot-on. This is a fast, clever, and thoroughly delightful light historical. (BookLife)