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Snobbery with Violence: An Edwardian Murder Mystery (St. Martin's Minotaur Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2004

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reissue edition (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312997167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312997168
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,000,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sparkling new Edwardian series...Fans of the author's Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series should welcome this tale of aristocrats, house parties, servants and murder."
--"Publishers Weekly"

"Old hand Chesney maintains her charm and sassiness while indicting evergreen pomposity and class-status stupidity."
--"Kirkus"

"A delightful costume melodrama, featuring wry humor and sleuthing protagonists with a pesky/love hate relationship. An easy go for most mystery collections."
"--Library Journal"

"Murder and mayhem abound at an Edwardian house party in this debut installment of a promising new mystery series."
"--Booklist"


A sparkling new Edwardian series...Fans of the author's Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series should welcome this tale of aristocrats, house parties, servants and murder. "Publishers Weekly"

Old hand Chesney maintains her charm and sassiness while indicting evergreen pomposity and class-status stupidity. "Kirkus"

A delightful costume melodrama, featuring wry humor and sleuthing protagonists with a pesky/love hate relationship. An easy go for most mystery collections. "Library Journal"

Murder and mayhem abound at an Edwardian house party in this debut installment of a promising new mystery series. "Booklist"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Delightful Regency romance from the author of the Agatha Raisin series; now a major new drama from Sky 1
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2010
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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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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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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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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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I bought this and finished it in just over a day as I found it almost impossible to put down. I have since finished the second instalment of the series and am starting the third. I bought it having already read some of Beaton's Agatha Raisin books and thought I would give it a go. I wasn't really sure what to expect but I am delighted I took the plunge and bought them. I just wish there were more to buy than the four that make up the complete series.
Some reviewers have complained about characterisation, improbable plots etc. I enjoyed this as an Edwardian romp, with a heroine seemingly born before her time and as unable to see the perfection of a match with the hero as he is.
Simply and sublimely wonderful!
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MC Beaton seems to be extremely popular and I quite enjoy Agatha Raisin but I found Snobbery with Violence somewhat slow and stilted - rather tedious in fact ! I lost track of the plot as I tried desperately to hang on to the characters and setting of the story - I always try to finish a book, even if I'm not enjoying it , but it was very hard to stick with this to the end. I will read more Agatha Raisin but avoid anything else written by this lady.
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