Sick of Shadows (Edwardian Murder Mystery Series, Book 3) Paperback – 16 Sep 2010
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An amusing brew of mystery and romance that will keep fans turning the pages. (Publishers Weekly)
Fans of the author's Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries . . . will welcome this new series of historical whodunits. (Booklist)
Delightful Regency romance from the author of the Agatha Raisin series; now a major new drama from Sky 1
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Rose as ever gets herself into some sticky situations simply because she is bored and curious. At times it seems as though she and Harry are finally seeing eye to eye and then they are at daggers drawn again. Will their engagement - which was only entered into to stop Rose's parents shipping her off to India - survive their latest arguments?
I enjoyed this third book in the series as the regular characters are developing - Harry and Rose, Daisy and Harry's manservant Becket. I like the style of writing which has the down to earth quality evident in this author's other two series - Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth. I also like the historical background to the story which shows clearly how differently women were treated only one hundred years ago.
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.Read more ›
I stumbled upon them accidentally and I have to say that I've never looked back. If you're looking for an interesting (but light) read with great wit and humour, then this book is the one for you.
To date there are four books in the series, which are
Snobbery with Violence
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.)
At the start of this third book, Lady Rose Summer is engaged to Captain Harry Cathcart. They agreed an engagement to prevent her parents, the Earl and Countess of Hadfield, shipping Lady Rose out to India to find a husband. Neither has admitted even to themselves that they actually have feelings for each other.
Lady Rose has arranged to meet Dolly Tremaine, the latest beautiful debutate to mesmerise London society, but finds her murdered, with Dolly's body laid out as a horrible parody of the painting "The Lady of Shallott."
Despite the fact that fierce arguments between them cause their engagement to be broken off, Lady Rose and Captain Cathcart must work together again to find out who murdered Dolly. Meanwhile they have to deal with a pair of noble blackmailers and with wicked society gossips .....Read more ›
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M C Beaton stories are such easy reading, amusing stories crammed with fantastic characters. This book is all I hoped it would be.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
An outrageous cast of characters and wardrobe changes. Hilarious, smart and the best antidote to life in the 21st century I know.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
as i am a fan of m c beaton books, enjoyed reading it and customer delivery and service was excellentPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoy all of MC Beaton's books. Having gone through all the Hamish Macbeth (on Audible as well!) and Agatha Raisin I decided to start on her Regency and Edwardian novels. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Soosie