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Snobbery with Violence (Sound Library) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Marion Chesney , Davina Porter
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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1 Aug 2006 Sound Library
The first book in M C Beaton's Edwardian Murder Mystery series - a must for M C Beaton's many fans. After a brief and ill-advised dalliance with the Suffragette movement, Lady Rose Summers' debut season in London society turns out to be a complete disaster. Rose's father suspects that her fiance, Sir Geoffrey Blandon, is a first class scoundrel and calls in Captain Harry Cathcart to investigate. But when a malicious guest is found dead in suspicious circumstances, Rose becomes far more interested in discovering the truth than in landing a more appropriate suitor. As Harry and Rose begin to unravel this web of lies and rumours, a clever murderer sets out to make Rose's disastrous first season her last.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks (1 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792740254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792740254
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 15.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,101,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street. As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries. She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping Up Appearances 25 Aug 2010
I must admit that I am a fan of the Agatha Raisin books, but so far I haven't read an Hamish Macbeth novel and I only heard about these being re-issued by I think it was chelle, on one of the discussion boards. So thank you young lady.

I thought I would try one to see what it was like, and as this is the first in the series it seemed a good place to start. I think there are only three or four books in the series because apparently M C Beaton stopped writing them due to the stresses and strains of coming up for ideas for her more famous two series'. This is set in Edwardian times where we meet Lady Rose, a young woman who has caused a bit of a ruckus by getting herself involved in the Suffragette Movement. When a man of good standing starts to make advances to her her father is a bit suspicious and thus is referred to Captain Harry Cathcart. Harry did espionage work in the Boer War and apart from coming from a good family, is considered to be highly discreet. Of course what Harry finds out about Rose's suitor doesn't go down too well with Rose who causes a public scene. But as word gets around Harry finds he is making money as the nobs call on him to sort out a whole host of problems. If you need to rough someone up or retrieve things, if you need a bit of help, there is Harry. Helping Rose's father again he introduces Daisy, a chorus girl to the family and Rose takes to her and trains her up to be her maid.

Rose is then invited to a house party at Telby Castle, not knowing that parents have paid for this so as to get their offspring married, this is the last chance as the season is over. When a guest turns up dead then the Hedley's, owners of Telby Castle call in Harry to hush things up.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the first of a series of murder mysteries set in Britain in the first decade of the 20th century featuring Captain Harry Cathcart and Lady Rose Summer.

To date there are four books in the series, which are

Snobbery with Violence
Hasty Death
Sick of Shadows
Our Lady of Pain

The author writes romantic fiction, mostly humorous regency romances plus one or two set in the Edwardian period, under the name Marion Chesney, and mystery/detective stories such as the Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth series under the name M.C. Beaton.

This Edwardian series is a something of a cross-over between the two - part romance and part murder mystery - and the books often have both names on the cover (usually something like "M.C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney.")

Tha main characters in the series are:

Captain Harry Cathcart, younger son of a Baron, has left the army after being injured in the Boer war. At the start of this book he carries out a service for Lady Rose's father, the Earl of Hadfield, for which he gains a reputation as a fixer, and eventually formally goes into business as the Edwardian equivalent of a Private Investigator

Lady Rose Summer, only daughter of the Earl and Countess of Hadfield, is slightly notorious as having briefly been involved with suffragettes. Chafes at the fact that society will not allow her a useful role, and when she is present at a murder, Lady Rose uses her considerable intellect to help solve it.

Detective Superintendent Kerridge is a senior policeman of humble origins and carefully supressed radical views, reinforced by the fact that whenever he has to interview an aristocrat they always threaten to report him to the Prime Minister.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I read it. 1 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I usually avoid these books set in the past. However, I have read several Agatha Raisin stories and one of the Hamish McBeth stories and thought I would try it.
I really enjoyed it - it made me giggle out loud as I was reading and I am now looking for the next book in the series!
The only bad thing is that now I have to buy these books as well as the Agatha and Hamish books!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lady Rose's debut - 2 Nov 2010
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This is a light read and I found it funny. It is ideal to pick up when you are bored with the TV. Lady Rose's sheltered life leads to her making decisions with unforseen consenquences for herself and the people around her. It pokes fun at the upper class way of life as well as being a light hearted murder mystery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read and good fun - I am surprised! 3 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not in to series books and felt this would probably disappoint but it was on offer & I can't resist a bargain. This was great! It was not pretentious but managed to provide a fun social commentary in to Edwardian life which slowed the plot down but actually wasn't frustrating. I suppose with a series time spent developing character and place reeps benefts for loyal readers later on, like a soap, I'll let you know! If you want a series or a one off it does the job well and enjoyably. A lovely experience, great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars Max. 10 Feb 2012
By Gillian
I truly don't understand how this book has such high ratings. The characters are barely likable, in fact, they complain incessantly like teenagers throughout the whole series. The main character Lady Rose Summer is such a snob it's almost unbearable. Her flightiness and her easy declarations of how much she 'hates' Captain Cathcart one minute and loves him the next gets extremely tiresome after awhile. Unfortunately for me, when I get a series I have to read all of them and after reading the four books in this series, I can honestly say that I wish I hadn't wasted my time. I kept expecting the books to get consecutively better to no avail. The ending of the series isn't worth the annoyance I felt reading these books.
The murders are interesting (which is why I gave 3 stars instead of 2) and I did enjoy solving them with Lady Rose and Captain Cathcart but after awhile the plot-line of Lady Rose putting herself in danger to get the last clue just gets overdone! I can completely understand Captain Cathcart's disgust/anger with her.
These books were recommended to me because I enjoyed Deanna Raybourn's series, but I have to say that Ms. Raybourn's books are on a completely other level than this series by M.C. Beaton.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read
If you want to know if this book is worth buying and reading the short answer is yes, definitely.
For those who want to know more the story is told with a lovely light style... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mindfiend
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 27 days ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN!!
I always enjoy this author's books - having read all the Agatha Raisin & Hamish Macbeth series - and this one is no exception. Easy to read, hard to put down and great fun!!
Published 1 month ago by D. E. Auchinvole
4.0 out of 5 stars Up to Marion Chesneys usual high standards.
If you like her other, more famous offerings, (Agatha Raisin and Hamish Mcbeth), you'll enjoy the Lady Rose, Harry Cathcart stories. Semi lighthearted murder mystery. . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Townie
4.0 out of 5 stars Snobbery with violence
I enjoyed this book quite a lot. The period has been quite well researched. Beaton books are rather like Agatha Christi in that plot is paramount.
Published 2 months ago by Kate Nightingale
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
got straight into the story. A light hearted tale. well told. I am hoping this will become a series of books
Published 3 months ago by Eileen S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Women's Rights
Historically correct, but the heroines behaviour is a bit hard to be believable in parts. Despite this I did enjoy the story, and found it to be written in easy to read language.
Published 4 months ago by pamela holden
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I really enjoyed this book. An easy read that I couldn't put down.
I am sure Rose & Harry have a great future together.
Published 4 months ago by P D Farrant
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read with some interesting twists and turns
I thoroughly enjoy M C Beaton's books. The outcome is fairly predictable from an early stage in the book but how it is achieved gives insight into life in those days and there are... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Puffin
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
M.C.Beaton can't go wrong in my book I have read a good few and have not read a bad one yet, very light hearted read
Published 4 months ago by jackie
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