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A reputation dies by Alice Chetwynd Ley
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A historical murder mystery set in the Regency period, specifically after the Cochrane affair.

In the course of a ton party, a society wasp is murdered after making pointed remarks about someone named Thompson. Bow Street soon realises that one of the guests must be responsible; one suspect is an old friend of Justin Rutherford who undertakes to clear him.

A very enjoyable murder mystery in the vein of Annabel Laine. The society background is well handled and I confess the eventual murderer was not the person I thought it was.

  Maddz | Dec 30, 2019 |
Charming Regency whodunit!

I've read quite a few of Chetwynd Ley's works in the past, so when the chance came to revisit her writings, I took it and wasn't disappointed.
A spiteful ton member, Mr Marmaduke Yarnton , of the mellifluous voice (I love that!), who holds his place with gossip, innuendo and malicious hints, has, it seems has finally gone too far. He is found strangled at the fashionable Lady Windlesham's soirée. Admittedly, the Lady wanted her event to be of note, but not quite in this tenor.
The thing is just before he is found dead, the newlywed Lord Velmond had taken exception to some of Yarnton's baiting and threatened him. Ergo, Velmond is suspect no. 1.
A chance meeting with his friend Justin Rutherford has Velmond requesting his assistance to help clear his name.
The Honorable Justin is rather an interesting character. I do like his humor and his self deprecating manner. He's just so very British. As his godmother, Lady Quainton describes him, he's a scholar who "every now and then feels an urge to take himself out of his books and plunge into some adventure or other ... he acted as an intelligence officer for Wellington during the Peninsular campaign ... [and seems to suffer] from a consuming curiosity which now and then breaks out in unexpected directions."
Justin undertakes to see what he can discover for Velmond, helped of by the irrepressible niece Anthea, his godmother Lady Quainton, and as it turns out his contacts with the Bow Street Runners.
What Justin uncovers is so much more than expected, and that ripple keeps enlarging.
First published in 1984, this ebook edition brings a well loved author's works back into the spotlight. I quite enjoyed Richard Ley's Afterward where he talks about his "mum" the writer (1913-2004).
A rather elegant and clean period mystery with two delightful leading characters. There's currently no romance that I could detect but who knows what the future holds?

A Sapere Books ARC via NetGalley ( )
  eyes.2c | Oct 11, 2019 |
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Society Scandal! It was a splendid soirée to start the new social season. The creme de la crème were eyeing new frocks, new romances, and most certainly, the shy new bride of Lord Velmond, last season's most hotly coveted bachelor. Mr. Marmaduke Yarnton, ton tattler and scandalmonger, had been invited to provide amusement. But his tongue wagged once too often. By the end of the ball he was found slain in the cloakroom--and all evidence pointed to the newlywed lord. But good friends of the Velmonds will offer to clear their good name. Scholar and adventurer Justin Rutherford will dare danger to find the real criminal. And his pert, devilishly witty niece Anthea will volunteer her own special, talents to find the true villain--as well as her heart's most fervent desire, true love.
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