Título: An Unmourned Death (Five Star First Edition ...
Editorial: Five Star (ME)
Condición del libro: New
An adroit novel in the "Upstairs, Downstairs" tradition set in 1885 Devonshire, where Lady Iris, of Renstone Hall, has engaged a London detective agency to find her missing daughter Phoebe. The agency sends a pair of bloodhounds: young widow Jasmine Malloy and her handsome coworker James Keeler. When Jasmine's conversations with a surly Lord Henry, Phoebe's father, her brothers Robert and Alistair, other family members, and the domestic staff reveal that Hannah, a maid, had also vanished some time ago, she decides to continue her search in London. There, with Keeler's help, she tracks down her quarry and returns to Renstone Hall just in time for Lord Henry to be discovered on the grounds of the estate, his throat cut. Arrogant Inspector Finch, who heads the murder investigation, seems determined to nail Robert for the killing. Only a court trial in which Robert is defended by that famed barrister Sir Phineas Potter, and much further sleuthing by Jasmine, will finally pinpoint the true killer and eventually provide a happy ending for the object of Jasmine's search. (Kirkus Review)From Booklist:
Slight and overstuffed at the same time, this historical mystery still manages to be a page-turner. Jasmine Malloy is 30, already widowed, but employed by a London detective agency in 1885. She's sent to Devon to investigate the disappearance of Baron Renstone's daughter and finds much that is disturbing in the family. Renstone is a deeply unpleasant sort, in and out of his cups; no one is sorry when he is foully murdered. Maidservants sent away with child, the new theory of evolution, the dismal fate of younger sons, and intimations of incest are only some of the plot complications, but Peterson manages a deft hand in keeping it all in the air. English village and London city life are nicely, if sketchily, handled; and a possible romantic interest for Jasmine makes a pleasant appearance. GraceAnne DeCandido
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