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A MADCAP SCREWBALL MYSTERY...,
This review is from: Sick of Shadows (Edwardian Murder Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
I am a huge fan of the author's two other mystery series, that of Agatha Raisin and that of Hamish Macbeth, which she writes under the name M.C. Beaton. I am also now enjoying this Edwardian mystery series. These are a farcical and madcap in tone, with a touch of romance. Light hearted and silly, they are easy, quick, fun reads.
In this third installment in the adventures of Lady Rose and Captain Harry Cathcart, Lady Rose finds herself once again firmly under her parents' supervision, attending balls and soirees one after another. She befriends poor Dolly Tremaine, society's most beautiful debutante of the season, who is somewhat of a country bumpkin. Unfortunately, Dolly's sojourn in high society will be a relatively brief one, as she is stabbed to death by person or persons unknown.
Lady Rose and Captain Harry now endeavor to uncover the mystery behind Dolly's murder. As always, someone is trying to put an end to Lady Rose's sleuthing. Her long suffering companion, Daisy, is there alongside Lady Rose, often coming to her rescue at great peril to herself. Captain Harry can barely keep up with the antics of his fiancée, and keeping her safe seems to be something that he cannot seem to guarantee. With all that is going on, their romance certainly has its share of ups and downs. The perils of Pauline have nothing on what awaits Lady Rose, as she tries to show her beleaguered fiancée just how clever she can be.
As with the other books in the series, the mystery is not what keeps one reading the book, as the plotting is a bit loose and a somewhat far-fetched. What keeps one reading are the farcical elements of the book, which are amusing. The characters are likable, and the interaction of the main characters with each other is the glue that binds the book together.
I will add, however, that with this particular book, the editing was atrocious and actually hampered the enjoyment of the book somewhat, with numerous typos and dialogue credited to the wrong character, as another reviewer pointed out. Moreover, the author contradicted herself in terms of facts already established in the previous book. Still, that being said, if one can overlook those editing deficiencies, one will still enjoy the book.