Murder at Blackburn Hall
Sara Rosett, author
A missing author and a sleepy English village rife with secrets . . . September, 1923. Despite closing her first case, high society lady detective Olive Belgrave hasn’t found a new client. She’s taken a job as a hat model to pay for her poky boarding house room. But then a job offer comes her way—make discreet inquiries about a famous author who’s disappeared. Olive travels to the English countryside to hunt for the missing mystery author. But soon after she arrives in the sleepy village, a body is discovered. Then a second murder focuses the police’s attention on Olive, and she must clear her name before the murderer pens a plot that frames her. Murder at Blackburn Hall is the second book in the High Society Lady Detective series, a lighthearted cozy historical mystery series set in 1920s England. If you love novels that take you back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with interesting plots, posh settings, and twisty mysteries, you’ll love the High Society Lady Detective Series from USA Today bestseller Sara Rosett.
Rosett’s lively sequel to Murder at Archly Manor continues the adventures of plucky Olive Belgrave, a young gentlewoman who has fallen on hard times in post-WWI England, but who has a talent for solving mysteries. Olive’s new client, London publisher Vernon Hightower, asks her to find missing author R.W. May, whose mystery novels are the financial mainstay of Hightower Books. Olive sets off for the village of Hadsworth in Kent, where the writer is believed to reside. To keep her inquiries discreet, Olive poses as the publisher’s assistant and stays with Lady Holt of Blackburn Hall, who believes that Olive is there to assess her book on etiquette. When a rainstorm unearths a body, the police consider the death to be an accident; Olive disagrees. A second death quickly follows. Olive’s dashing friend Jasper Rimington arrives and offers to be her Watson, saying, “I’d prefer Sherlock, of course, but that role seems to be taken.” Olive’s charming narrative voice effortlessly pulls the reader into a world full of surprising and fascinating period details. Fans of light historicals will be satisfied. (BookLife)