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Murder Most Welcome [Kindle Edition]

Nicola Slade
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Outwardly a grieving young Victorian widow, Charlotte Richmond is concealing some scandalous secrets when she arrives at Finchbourne Manor to start a respectable new life with her husband's family.The wealthy Richmonds must never discover that her husband Frampton's recent death in the Indian Mutiny came as a great relief to Charlotte. Nor must they hear about the rumours circulating in the army regarding both his scandalous behaviour and money missing from the officers' mess. His death has also been the subject of speculation and Charlotte must take care not to spill any secrets. Above all she must make certain that nobody in her new life hears of her own adventurous upbringing in Australia, knowing that any whisper about her past would cause her to be sent packing.When the past catches up with Charlotte, and a murder is committed, she begins to fear for her own life.

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About the Author

Nicola Slade had her first short stories published in her twenties and wrote for children and women's magazines for a number of years. Her first novel, Scuba Dancing, was a romantic comedy. With Murder Most Welcome she has turned to historical crime. Besides writing, Nicola is an artist, and helps run a local art group. She has also been a brown owl and an antiques dealer. Nicola lives with her husband in Hampshire with their elderly cat. Their three children live nearby with their families.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale (30 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #383,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My first novel was a romantic comedy, 'Scuba Dancing', published by Transita Ltd in 2005. After that I branched out into the first of a series of Victorian mysteries: 'Murder Most Welcome',published by Robert Hale Ltd, 2008, featuring Charlotte Richmond, a young widow in the 1850s. Charlotte also features in the second of the series: 'Death is the Cure', also published by Robert Hale Ltd, at the end of 2009. The third of Charlotte's adventures,'The Dead Queen's Garden', is published in December 2013.

My fourth novel,'Murder Fortissimo', also published by Robert Hale Ltd, came out at the end of January 2011. This is a contemporary 'cosy' crime novel, featuring former headmistress, Harriet Quigley, and her sidekick and cousin, Rev Sam Hathaway. The second adventure for Harriet and Sam, 'A Crowded Coffin', was published in January 2013. I'd like to alternate between the Victorian mysteries and the contemporary ones, as I love both my heroines very much!

My novels have received praise for their humour and the eccentricity of some of the characters, as well as depth and sensitivity in the writing.
I live in Hampshire (where all my books are set), with my husband and cat, with family nearby and visiting often. I'm also an artist and have had paintings exhibited in various places, including the Southampton Art Gallery and at Mottisfont Abbey.

Brand new for Easter 2013 is the Kindle version of 'Scuba Dancing' - revised, revamped and just as much fun!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Sugar
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was wary about Nicola's "Charlotte" books as Victorian era books aren't really my thing. I should have known it wasn't going to be dull and uptight. It is a well written book with interesting characters who are multi-faceted. Charlotte is a lively character with an interesting past and an astute eye. The murder is indeed most welcome as the victim is an unpleasant character and I was very glad to finally see the back of him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Most Marvellous 5 Jun. 2008
By Sally Zigmond VINE VOICE
Charlotte Richmond is the most delightful widow you could ever wish to meet. She has a shady past but all she really craves is comfort and security. But, when she fetches up in lovely Hampshire countryside at the family seat of her departed husband, thet very comfort and security she thinks she has found are soon threatened, especially after her husband is killed for the second time. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Nicola Slade has a considerable talent for comedy. But that is not her only talent. Murder Most Welcome ingeniously turns the Victorian literary tradition on its head without compromising reality. Here you will find the usual suspects including a blushing curate but there is more to this novel than meets the eye. Every little snippet of period detail is correct, including ox eye's for breakfast and Waterloo teeth for chewing tough meat. And if this wasn't enough there is also a charming and tender love story featuring the most delectable Austenesque hero - oh, and I almost forgot, a cracking murder mystery that will keep you guessing right up to the shocking denouement and subsequent highly satisfactory conclusion. Brilliant!

Queen Victoria would have been very much amused.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroine Most Welcome 27 Jan. 2015
By Chattie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's always refreshing to find a historical fiction heroine who you would dearly like to meet in real life - or to find somewhere in your family tree. Charlotte Richmond is just such a character. If she seems a little too good to be true, that's because of the facade which she has put up herself, to disguise a decidedly unorthodox past, but she is well on the way to re-inventing herself and the reader wishes her every success and the comfortable, family-orientated life for which she yearns. But, in both this book and the two sequels which follow it, murder is never far away and threatens to unsettle everything for her... Highly recommended - the best historical whodunnits I've read in a long while!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully subversive - and very funny! 28 May 2008
'I was chuckling from the very first page of this cosy Victorian murder mystery. 'Murder Most Welcome' concerns Charlotte Richmond, a wonderfully subversive heroine who wants nothing more than to attain respectability with her late (thankfully) husband's family in a nice English village after an unconventional - not to say hazardous and slightly shady - upbringing in Australia. Charlotte's private thoughts are a joy to read as she edges towards surface acceptance, only to have her new life threatened by the unwelcome resurrection of her husband. Fortunately for Charlotte, the unsavoury Frampton is only around long enough to set everyone by the ears before he is murdered (again). The thing is - if Charlotte didn't do it, who did? Read the book. You won't be disappointed.
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