I’m thrilled to be part of the tour for Tessa Arlen’s new mystery: DEATH SITS DOWN TO DINNER. I really enjoyed her DEATH OF A DISHONORABLE GENTLEMAN, which I also reviewed for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours: My Review
Here’s the overview:
Death Sits Down to Dinner (Lady Montfort Mystery #2)
by Tessa Arlen
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Hardcover & Ebook; 320 Pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Filled with deceptions both real and imagined, Death Sits Down to Dinner is a delightful Edwardian mystery set in London.
Lady Montfort is thrilled to receive an invitation to a dinner party hosted by her close friend Hermione Kingsley, the patroness of England’s largest charity. Hermione has pulled together a select gathering to celebrate Winston Churchill’s 39th birthday. Some of the oldest families in the country have gathered to toast the dangerously ambitious and utterly charming First Lord of the Admiralty. But when the dinner ends, one of the gentlemen remains seated at the table, head down among the walnut shells littering the cloth and a knife between his ribs.
Summoned from Iyntwood, Mrs. Jackson helps her mistress trace the steps of suspects both upstairs and downstairs as Hermione’s household prepares to host a highly anticipated charity event. Determined to get to the bottom of things, Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson unravel the web of secrecy surrounding the bright whirlwind of London society, investigating the rich, well-connected and seeming do-gooders in a race against time to stop the murderer from striking again.
AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | KOBO
“Despite Clementine’s luxurious lifestyle, she’s got a head on her shoulders . . .and is as cagey as she is charming. A neatly crafted whodunit dripping with diamonds, titles and scandal . . .” -Kirkus Reviews
“The close, mutually respectful partnership between Clementine and Edith will remind Dorothy Sayers’s fans of the relationship between Lord Peter Wimsey and Bunter, his manservant. Arlen does a good job of depicting a period when class distinctions have become blurred by new money and more-relaxed manners. The plot, which includes a slew of red herrings, builds to a startling denouement.” -Publisher’s Weekly
“VERDICT Real-life Edwardian personalities abound in this period historical, and the upstairs/downstairs focus delivers a clash of temperaments. This title is bound to appeal to fans of historicals set in this period and of such authors as Rhys Bowen and Ashley Weaver.” -Library Journal
About the Author
TESSA ARLEN, the daughter of a British diplomat, had lived in or visited her parents in Singapore, Cairo, Berlin, the Persian Gulf, Beijing, Delhi and Warsaw by the time she was sixteen. She came to the U.S. in 1980 and worked as an H.R. recruiter for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Olympic Games, where she interviewed her future husband for a job. DEATH OF A DISHONORABLE GENTLEMAN is Tessa’s first novel. She lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Here I am!
I love Ms. Arlen’s characters of Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson, and I love the cleverness of the plots of her books. The Edwardian period is a favorite of mine, and she has great attention to detail. I have to say that I had little bit of trouble keeping all the characters straight for the first 50 pages of the book. Thankfully there is a “cast of characters” available at the start of the novel!
If you like cozies, Edwardian “Downton type” themes, and fun female characters, along with a clever plot, then pick up a copy of one of Tessa’s books (or even pick up them all!).
Thank you for my review copy and for making me part of the tour!
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Interview at AustenProse
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Review at Reading Is My SuperPower
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Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
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Review at Luxury Reading
Thursday, April 7
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Friday, April 8
Review at A Holland Reads
Monday, April 11
Review at The Absurd Book Nerd
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Interview at The Absurd Book Nerd
Wednesday, April 13
Review at Room With Books
Thursday, April 14
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Friday, April 15
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Monday, April 18
Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog
Tuesday, April 19
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, April 20
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Thursday, April 21
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Friday, April 22
Spotlight at Let Them Read Books
Monday, April 25
Review & Giveaway at Brooke Blogs
Tuesday, April 26
Review at Book Nerd
Wednesday, April 27
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Friday, April 29
Review at To Read, Or Not to Read