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Like your mysteries cozy and set during the Golden Age of Crime? This is the first book in the Posie Parker mysteries, although this novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right. Set in London in 1921, 'Murder Offstage' is full of intrigue and red herrings. This is a classic murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. When Like your mysteries cozy and set during the Golden Age of Crime? This is the first book in the Posie Parker mysteries, although this novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right. Set in London in 1921, 'Murder Offstage' is full of intrigue and red herrings. This is a classic murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. When Posie Parker’s childhood friend is robbed of a priceless jewel and becomes a suspect in a cold-blooded murder case, budding detective Posie vows she will clear his name. Aided by her seriously gorgeous assistant Len, Posie soon realizes things are not quite as they seem, and the darkly-glamorous world of London’s theatre and glittering nightclubs prove far more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. Just who exactly is the dangerous Lucky Lucy Gibson? And who is it she has killed in the lobby of the Ritz Hotel? And more importantly, what on earth has happened to Mr Minks, the much-loved office cat?


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Like your mysteries cozy and set during the Golden Age of Crime? This is the first book in the Posie Parker mysteries, although this novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right. Set in London in 1921, 'Murder Offstage' is full of intrigue and red herrings. This is a classic murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. When Like your mysteries cozy and set during the Golden Age of Crime? This is the first book in the Posie Parker mysteries, although this novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right. Set in London in 1921, 'Murder Offstage' is full of intrigue and red herrings. This is a classic murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. When Posie Parker’s childhood friend is robbed of a priceless jewel and becomes a suspect in a cold-blooded murder case, budding detective Posie vows she will clear his name. Aided by her seriously gorgeous assistant Len, Posie soon realizes things are not quite as they seem, and the darkly-glamorous world of London’s theatre and glittering nightclubs prove far more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. Just who exactly is the dangerous Lucky Lucy Gibson? And who is it she has killed in the lobby of the Ritz Hotel? And more importantly, what on earth has happened to Mr Minks, the much-loved office cat?

30 review for Murder Offstage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars I'd never heard of Posie Parker but the description in the blurb that says this is an Agatha Christie/Downton Abby mash-up is pretty accurate. If that's your jam, you're probably going to enjoy Murder Offstage. This was part of the COVID-19 free borrows from Hoopla. I never would have found this otherwise, so that's yet another awesome goodie I managed to snag from this deal. Ok, while I loved most of the cast of characters, the setting, and even just the general vibe of the book, I did 3.5 stars I'd never heard of Posie Parker but the description in the blurb that says this is an Agatha Christie/Downton Abby mash-up is pretty accurate. If that's your jam, you're probably going to enjoy Murder Offstage. This was part of the COVID-19 free borrows from Hoopla. I never would have found this otherwise, so that's yet another awesome goodie I managed to snag from this deal. Ok, while I loved most of the cast of characters, the setting, and even just the general vibe of the book, I did find some parts of the plot a bit too silly. Especially toward the end at the big showdown, the characters and their actions went completely off the rails into Nonsenseland. (view spoiler)[Am I supposed to honestly believe that a genius international thief and cold-blooded killer's go-to threat is to kidnap Posie's fucking cat? It would have worked as a threat IF he'd KILLED her cat and left it on her doorstep as a warning to back off, but not to legit steal her cat and hold it over her head as a threat. Yes, that's a bit mean. I love my cats, and it would piss me off to find an envelope with a chunk of their fur in it. But it's not the move of a terrifying villain. It's something a crazy neighbor would do in retaliation to that cat shitting in their rose bushes or something. Back off this here investigation or the kitty gets it, see? Yeaaaaah. Yeaaaaah. Or how about the fact that Posie kept getting lippy with her captor even after her friend keeps shooting her all these 'desperate/terrified' looks. Mind you, the friend has been marinating for quite a few days with this dude, so a smart girl would maybe pay attention to the person with the most experience in captivity. And she's not at all worried that this guy is letting her see his face, killing henchmen in front of her, & telling her alllll about his master plans. Do you honestly think the endgame is that he's letting you walk out of there? ARE THE WARNING BELLS NOT CLANGING?! And in the end, when the villain is giving his speech and his end game is to threaten Posie's friend in order to get her to (wait for it) run away with him and commit crimes? What in the ever-lovin' hell is that about? Ok, and the dumbest part is where he's going to shove the person's head into a 'bowl of cyanide' (<--I'm not kidding) if Posie doesn't agree to leave with him, and he starts counting down. 5...4...3...2... Are you shitting me? How does he get to 4? Because I would have just agreed to leave with him right off the bat, as soon as he said he would kill the person if I didn't. IT'S NOT A BINDING CONTRACT. <--you say whatever they want to hear, stall for a bit of time & hope the cops bust in quick-like. OR run off at the first available opportunity once you go with him. Because obviously this scary catnapper isn't thinking things through very well. S0. I think your chances of eventual escape are pretty goddamn good. It kind of reminded me of those old movies where the bad guy would kidnap the heroine in order to force her to marry him. You know what I'm talking about, right? And as kids we would all sit there and bite our nails and hope the good guy got there in time to rescue her because oh my god if they get married it's FOREVER and there will be NOTHING they can do because then she'll be THE BAD GUY'S wife!!! <--how did we ever fall for that? No idea. But those same silly stakes were at play in the ending here. Pfft. (hide spoiler)] The ending itself took a bit too long to wrap up, as well. (view spoiler)[First there's this ridiculous secondary mystery they 'have to solve' about their secretary. <--that whole plotline was RIDICULOUS and unnecessary from start to finish. Chop it out. The whole thing - they don't even need a secretary. Then there's a bit about Len and Posie seemingly getting together, and then...OH, NO! He's got to leave the country to care for his ailing father. And, of course, there's stuff about Rupert and his father sending the (now insured) diamond on a ship back to the Maharaja. And a bit where Posie is really busy with clients and she and Len are writing to each other. Oh, and then Rupert and Dolly's marriage invite coming in the mail! Oh, shit! The ship carrying the diamond sunk and the curse (seemingly) came true. Then the friend's father calls and Posie gets a windfall of money from him, so THAT'S the ending. Except for another bit where she gets flowers from Len. *waits a beat to make sure* Ok, yes... (hide spoiler)] It could have been tighter, that's all I'm saying. Once she was out of danger, I didn't need all of that other stuff dragged out and then wrapped up for me. However. None of that would stop me from reading another one of Posie Parker's mysteries. In the end, it was just the end that I found to be too over the top and drawn out. And for me there was way more good than bad here. I've already hunted down the next audiobook, in fact. Recommended for fans of cozy mysteries. read by Clare Wille

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina ~ Brunette Reader

    3,5 Stars A likeable and intrepid heroine, a legendary Indian diamond, a shady underground club and some 1920s glitz and glamour. What's not to like? Posie Parker has just stumbled upon the decisive case that could finally make a success out of her career and "The Grape Street Bureau" detective agency. Starting with a murder at the Ritz and then passing through an elusive lady-thief with many identities, cursed priceless gems, dangerous foreign aristocrats and a catnapping (poor Mr. Minks!), P 3,5 Stars A likeable and intrepid heroine, a legendary Indian diamond, a shady underground club and some 1920s glitz and glamour. What's not to like? Posie Parker has just stumbled upon the decisive case that could finally make a success out of her career and "The Grape Street Bureau" detective agency. Starting with a murder at the Ritz and then passing through an elusive lady-thief with many identities, cursed priceless gems, dangerous foreign aristocrats and a catnapping (poor Mr. Minks!), Posie, against the exciting backdrop of London's Theatre District, will have to put her investigative skills to the test, manage to stay alive and, why not, give a chance to a budding romance with Len, the man who has stolen her heart, a trustworthy associate and, last but not least, the best shadower she has ever met. Cozy with some extra bite reviving the formula and a refreshing setting to get us out of those libraries, kitchens, small towns usually crowding the genre, Murder Off-Stage smoothly reads like an engaging whodunnit. And while the plot was fun and twisty enough to hold my attention without problem throughout the book, I all the same noticed an uneven pace making some sections drag a little, parts where I got the impression too much room was given to secondary characters' incursions and interactions and where not all threads seemed like they were as deftly and tightly kept together as in the first half. The dialogues could maybe have been more enhanced to better bring out all the comedic potential and to balance the slightly over-expositive, pleasant nonetheless, writing style. Characterisation-wise, coming across as resourceful and witty and with a healthy dose of endearing self-deprecation, Posie really was the only one personage to be fully fleshed out, though also other figures were able to rise above the mere cardboard status, especially the old earl and Len himself, even if the romantic aspect is left in the background, just a starting point to what will probably be an ongoing love story taking up next instalments to find a resolution. On the whole, an entertaining historical mystery showcasing good quality, lively prose underscored by a gentle humour.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susanna - Censored by GoodReads

    Actual rating: 2.5 stars This is a first novel, and reads like it in some places - the plot, for example, has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. (Murder! Diamond theft! Kidnapping! Smuggling! Criminal mastermind with a cat and Villain Talking Disease! (I could only envision him as Donald Sutherland.) The pacing was just a bit too frenetic for my taste - I doubt I will be reading any further in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Corrie

    I followed narrator Clare Wille down the rabbit hole and listened to her reading Murder Offstage by L.B. Hathaway. This is the first in the Posie Parker Mystery Series set in the early 20s. Main character is the spunky Posie Parker, a female sleuth – a cross between Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew – who solves murder mystery cases in 1920’s London. These are mystery cozies, so the tone is light even though the bodies are piling up. I thought it was a very entertaining plot with a likeable protago I followed narrator Clare Wille down the rabbit hole and listened to her reading Murder Offstage by L.B. Hathaway. This is the first in the Posie Parker Mystery Series set in the early 20s. Main character is the spunky Posie Parker, a female sleuth – a cross between Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew – who solves murder mystery cases in 1920’s London. These are mystery cozies, so the tone is light even though the bodies are piling up. I thought it was a very entertaining plot with a likeable protagonist and interesting supporting cast. This is only book one in the series, so I know it will gain momentum and grow along the way. I think the narration by the fabulous Clare Wille was key to giving it 4 stars. She did all the voices (quite a big cast) and accents flawlessly. Bravo! I am delighted to see Scribd has the whole series of audio books for me to explore. Yay! Themes: London 1921, a cursed diamond is missing, The Athenaeum Theatre, an underground night club, Mr. Minx the cat, Belgian musicians, a smuggling ring, La Luna, a Swiss Count, mistaken identity. 4 Stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    This was a fun book! I love the plucky detective Posie and her friends. The story has loads of plot points that might seem like clichés, but are all handled in a dashing and colorful way with a fair dose of humor, which is part of the fun... The pacing is fast, and the prose is quite smooth and easy to read. I found no typographical errors in the whole book, and that always makes me smile... This one I picked up as a freebie one day on Amazon, but I'll certainly be putting more of this series on This was a fun book! I love the plucky detective Posie and her friends. The story has loads of plot points that might seem like clichés, but are all handled in a dashing and colorful way with a fair dose of humor, which is part of the fun... The pacing is fast, and the prose is quite smooth and easy to read. I found no typographical errors in the whole book, and that always makes me smile... This one I picked up as a freebie one day on Amazon, but I'll certainly be putting more of this series on my list.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    I don't read cozy mysteries for their literary value, so let's get that aspect out of the way. I look for serviceable writing and plot and fairly interesting characters. Usually, a three-star rating describes a book that meets or exceeds that criteria and two stars denotes one that was less satisfying in these or other ways, but worth finishing nonetheless. Posie Parker (the name already grates) is our "plucky" detective heroine. It strains the imagination that she is so friendly with Scotland Ya I don't read cozy mysteries for their literary value, so let's get that aspect out of the way. I look for serviceable writing and plot and fairly interesting characters. Usually, a three-star rating describes a book that meets or exceeds that criteria and two stars denotes one that was less satisfying in these or other ways, but worth finishing nonetheless. Posie Parker (the name already grates) is our "plucky" detective heroine. It strains the imagination that she is so friendly with Scotland Yard operatives that she's regularly invited to sit in on strategy sessions and given access to their archives, so one suspends disbelief. The writing is occasionally clunky, but not awfully so. Ultimately, Murder Offstage serves its purpose (for me, anyway) of a light read that occasionally engages and serves as a respite between meatier reading. Nothing wrong with that.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    what a great read! i enjoyed the entire book. It was hard to stop to eat and sleep! Full of action, excitement, mystery and questions! There seemed to be something new after each page turn. One of the main things that made this such a great book was the authors writing style. It was easy, faced paced and flowed smoothly throughout. I would highly recommend this author and this book to anyone. I look forward to reading the next episode!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    It's 1921, and Posie Parker is attempting to make it on her own as a PI in London. She was a nurse in the Great War, so she's aware of the plight of the many veterans struggling to make it back to a "normal" life. Her pals Len and Rufus were in the war as well, as was her fiance, who was among the many who didn't make it back. Len is her partner in the PI office, backed by his father. He works on divorce-type cases (spying and photographing for proof and the like), whereas Parker eschews those ca It's 1921, and Posie Parker is attempting to make it on her own as a PI in London. She was a nurse in the Great War, so she's aware of the plight of the many veterans struggling to make it back to a "normal" life. Her pals Len and Rufus were in the war as well, as was her fiance, who was among the many who didn't make it back. Len is her partner in the PI office, backed by his father. He works on divorce-type cases (spying and photographing for proof and the like), whereas Parker eschews those cases for more mysteries and crime for her meat and potatoes. She's quite good, too. Posie is feisty, for sure, and that often puts her in danger. In the end, though, she comes through on her promise to find the missing diamond. I believe we'll see the Count again in this series. He was too ominous to avoid...and he'll want revenge! Hathaway is obviously well-versed in the period. In one spot, Parker is incredulous as to who would have a telephone is their own house?! A detective series in this period really makes you think how much easier it is today, what with cell phones and the internet. Picked this up on kindle after reading J.J. Murphy's "Murder Your Darlings" (An Algonquin Round Table Mystery #1).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Marlow

    This book is the ultimate in comfort-reading: an intelligently written, lightly-flowing murder mystery, set in the 1920’s. It’s a cross between an Agatha Christie and a Nancy Drew novel: a female sleuth solving mysteries in the underworld of 1920s London, assisted by her cat and a potential love interest. I devoured it in two days, and can’t wait for the next in the series. If you’re looking for a fun murder mystery with an eminently likeable heroine in the stylish world of 1920s London, then th This book is the ultimate in comfort-reading: an intelligently written, lightly-flowing murder mystery, set in the 1920’s. It’s a cross between an Agatha Christie and a Nancy Drew novel: a female sleuth solving mysteries in the underworld of 1920s London, assisted by her cat and a potential love interest. I devoured it in two days, and can’t wait for the next in the series. If you’re looking for a fun murder mystery with an eminently likeable heroine in the stylish world of 1920s London, then this is the book for you. An example of her witty prose: “‘Rufus!’ she called brightly. Tucking her enormous carpet bag under her arm, she hitched up her pencil skirt and stepped calmly over the headless body, judging it correctly as the quickest way to get to her old friend. She made for the crowded Grand Staircase, floating upwards on a cloud of parma violet.”

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I like the Posie Parker cozies. There aren't enough of them, just a hint to the author.... :-) I like the Posie Parker cozies. There aren't enough of them, just a hint to the author.... :-)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Mustread

    First in the Posie Parker series, but the third one for me to read. Enjoy this series very much, with the London setting of the early 1920s, the references to the Great War and the sleuthing of the appealing young woman private detective. Easy reading but suspenseful and atmospheric, in the Agatha Christie style.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Entertaining crime mystery involving guns, diamonds, and counterfeit money. Posie Parker is a wonderful character full of confidence and can sure hang with the "big boys" in 1920's London. Looking forward to reading Miss Parker's next case. Entertaining crime mystery involving guns, diamonds, and counterfeit money. Posie Parker is a wonderful character full of confidence and can sure hang with the "big boys" in 1920's London. Looking forward to reading Miss Parker's next case.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carlton Phelps

    Great adventure Poise Parker is new to the game as a P.I. She and Scotland Yard team up to solve a murder that turns into so much more. I enjoyed the attention given to what London was like during the time after WWI. A joy to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Upon second reading, downgraded to 3 stars. Still an entertaining romp, but some inconsistencies in the writing were more apparent this time around.

  15. 5 out of 5

    gwen graves

    Good I read The Tomb of the Honey Bee, which is the 2nd book in the series, first. I like this one, but the 2nd book was much better. If that’s the case the 3rd book will be really great.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    A great rip-roaring 1920's London cozy mystery with a fast thinking and smart female sleuth. I loved everything from the murders to the kidnapping of her cat! I highly recommend it as a good read or listen. A great rip-roaring 1920's London cozy mystery with a fast thinking and smart female sleuth. I loved everything from the murders to the kidnapping of her cat! I highly recommend it as a good read or listen.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Reddell

    A great way to end 2020! A new series to enjoy! More to come in my blog review. :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    This is the first book in the Posie Parker series and while it gives a little background it doesn't bog down in minutia but rather jumps in with both feet and demands (politely of course) that the reader keep up. Posie's been in business for a while but this is her first real case and it involves a missing cursed diamond a missing moll and dicey theater. Again the author provides end notes defining fact and fiction. Alas it also has an epilogue to carry us to the next book. I may have liked it mor This is the first book in the Posie Parker series and while it gives a little background it doesn't bog down in minutia but rather jumps in with both feet and demands (politely of course) that the reader keep up. Posie's been in business for a while but this is her first real case and it involves a missing cursed diamond a missing moll and dicey theater. Again the author provides end notes defining fact and fiction. Alas it also has an epilogue to carry us to the next book. I may have liked it more because I am reading it out of order so I was caught up before I began.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mark Lindsey

    Pretty good light mystery read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lynette Jones

    The mystery Murder Offstage is set in 1920's London when people were still recovering from the war to end all wars. Posie Parker is a struggling female private investigator in a time when that is not quite the done thing. She specializes in private discreet affairs within the upper crust of London. Although she had been struggling to get established, her agency was saved when Len Irving became her partner. Truth be told she wishes there was more to their relationship than that. But in the three The mystery Murder Offstage is set in 1920's London when people were still recovering from the war to end all wars. Posie Parker is a struggling female private investigator in a time when that is not quite the done thing. She specializes in private discreet affairs within the upper crust of London. Although she had been struggling to get established, her agency was saved when Len Irving became her partner. Truth be told she wishes there was more to their relationship than that. But in the three years they have been partners, she has never acted on that. An old friend comes to her with a grave problem involving a diamond and murder. While not all the inspectors at the station approve of her or her involvement in this investigation, she has a champion in Inspector Lovelace and with his help and Len's support she begins to unravel the truth behind the Murder Offstage and the disappearance of the priceless diamond. L.B. Hathaway has written a great mystery. It was reminiscent of the Miss Fisher series but different enough to be captivating in its own right. The writing was superb and I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Excellent read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This was an average mystery. The characters were forgettable. The author didn't give enough background on the characters. You knew Posie Parker was a detective, but why? She just put a sign up, started a detective business. I thought she was too much of a dim wit to be a detective. Who runs out the door in a snowstorm with no coat and no shoes? It was a good story for place. This was set in 1920's London. She described it well. My greatest pet peeve is with the timeline. Some reviews fact checke This was an average mystery. The characters were forgettable. The author didn't give enough background on the characters. You knew Posie Parker was a detective, but why? She just put a sign up, started a detective business. I thought she was too much of a dim wit to be a detective. Who runs out the door in a snowstorm with no coat and no shoes? It was a good story for place. This was set in 1920's London. She described it well. My greatest pet peeve is with the timeline. Some reviews fact checked the 1920's and came to the same conclusion that I did. This was more of a 1940's timeline. In the first paragraph, people are drinking sour apple martinis, which were popular in 1940's. The language used was not 1920's either. I got tired of phrases like by Jove and as sure as bread is bread. If authors don't take the time to do their research, then I have no desire to read the second book in the series. I would recommend it if you are looking for a light read with a simple storyline. The big reveal at the end, underwhelming.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Denise Vasak

    This book was ok. A lot of steps seemed to be skipped to get from A to B but that as part of what made it an interesting read. Offstage opens slowly and isn't as I thought it would be. I thought this would be a book about the theatre and the cast surrounding a production. Instead it was VERY loosely based on a theatre troupe and that was really just background noise. The thing that makes me want to read another book is the story between Posie and Len. I feel like she was crushing on him then sli This book was ok. A lot of steps seemed to be skipped to get from A to B but that as part of what made it an interesting read. Offstage opens slowly and isn't as I thought it would be. I thought this would be a book about the theatre and the cast surrounding a production. Instead it was VERY loosely based on a theatre troupe and that was really just background noise. The thing that makes me want to read another book is the story between Posie and Len. I feel like she was crushing on him then slightly disillusioned by him in rapid succession. It was odd and not quite like what I wanted but I'm curious enough to pick up another book and see what happens. All in all, if you REALLY love more traditional cozy mysteries, this book isn't for you. It doesn't really have a defined finite list of suspects and there were a LOT of people being introduced throughout. I hope that the second venture is a little tighter in the writing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    fun mystery sent in 1921 in England with Posie Parker (or Nosy as she is called by one friend) a Private Detective. Her friend Rufus is accused of murder and Posie must help find the killer...and while she does, she discovers a whole other crime being committed and everything isn't as it seems. I always enjoy mysteries set in a time without modern conveniences. I thought the author did a great job of utilizing what technology they did have in the early 20's which included some telephones and of c fun mystery sent in 1921 in England with Posie Parker (or Nosy as she is called by one friend) a Private Detective. Her friend Rufus is accused of murder and Posie must help find the killer...and while she does, she discovers a whole other crime being committed and everything isn't as it seems. I always enjoy mysteries set in a time without modern conveniences. I thought the author did a great job of utilizing what technology they did have in the early 20's which included some telephones and of course the telegraph. I did wonder how a photo got to England from Belgium overnight though. The ending wrapped up the crime but left enough of a tease for the next book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    CJK

    I read the series up to book 4, Vanishing of Dr. Winter - this book is very fluff and easy reading. If you don't want to think, have no imagination, and can add 2+2, this book is ok. I do not, after 4 books, believe Posie is brilliant or invaluable to the solving of the mysteries. The police are deliberately dim, made so to make Posie shine as the star, which never ever comes across as credible. I solved the 'mysteries' in all four, no surprises or twists. Is she, Posie, fun and enjoyable to read I read the series up to book 4, Vanishing of Dr. Winter - this book is very fluff and easy reading. If you don't want to think, have no imagination, and can add 2+2, this book is ok. I do not, after 4 books, believe Posie is brilliant or invaluable to the solving of the mysteries. The police are deliberately dim, made so to make Posie shine as the star, which never ever comes across as credible. I solved the 'mysteries' in all four, no surprises or twists. Is she, Posie, fun and enjoyable to read? Nope. Are the books fun and enjoyable to read? Read above Is the setting/time enjoyable? No - I really love the time period and it was barely part of the story, which made me sad.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judith Rich

    I love Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series, so thought I'd give this modern 1920s set series a go. Now, I'm not saying Daisy Dalrymple is realistic (her Jessica Fletcher Syndrome is on a level with Mrs Barnaby's in Midsummer - or indeed Jessica herself), but I found this just plain silly, involving foreign musicians, dodgy nightclubs, international diamond smuggling and a sinister Swiss count master criminal (who will clearly return as Posie's Moriarty). It's quite enjoyable on that level, but I I love Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series, so thought I'd give this modern 1920s set series a go. Now, I'm not saying Daisy Dalrymple is realistic (her Jessica Fletcher Syndrome is on a level with Mrs Barnaby's in Midsummer - or indeed Jessica herself), but I found this just plain silly, involving foreign musicians, dodgy nightclubs, international diamond smuggling and a sinister Swiss count master criminal (who will clearly return as Posie's Moriarty). It's quite enjoyable on that level, but I won't rush to more of these like I do to Daisy. Sorry, Posie.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Heath Nash

    Meh... the language is not authentic to the period, the characters are mostly caricature, and the willing cooperation of Scotland Yard detectives beyond belief. This seems like the first effort of a life-long reader of mystery fiction, someone who wanted to use every cliche in the genre. I’ve read worse, but this is the kind of book you would never recommend to anyone. Some moments are well written and ring true, but the main character is so annoyingly over-confident you almost hope something ba Meh... the language is not authentic to the period, the characters are mostly caricature, and the willing cooperation of Scotland Yard detectives beyond belief. This seems like the first effort of a life-long reader of mystery fiction, someone who wanted to use every cliche in the genre. I’ve read worse, but this is the kind of book you would never recommend to anyone. Some moments are well written and ring true, but the main character is so annoyingly over-confident you almost hope something bad happens to her to teach her a lesson—that is a deal-breaker.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dodd

    A fine romp in the 1920s The main character is a strong woman plying a (mostly) man's profession as a private investigator. She is clever, resourceful, vulnerable, and delightful. The mystery is great fun and quite exciting. There were a few instances when she and her partner showed convenient stupidity in order to move the plot forward. Silly,but forgivable. A good read. I look forward to further adventures. A fine romp in the 1920s The main character is a strong woman plying a (mostly) man's profession as a private investigator. She is clever, resourceful, vulnerable, and delightful. The mystery is great fun and quite exciting. There were a few instances when she and her partner showed convenient stupidity in order to move the plot forward. Silly,but forgivable. A good read. I look forward to further adventures.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    I did not like this book. I found the writing amateurish. I plodded through until the heroine told the police officer they should check a violin case for traces of carbon because the violinist was smuggling diamonds. I understand this is fiction, but I have a problem with authors that are idiots. This does not make any sense at all. I prefer a well written novel where the author tries their best to be accurate about history, biography, science, and the solution is plausible.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I had high hopes of finding a new mystery series to enjoy, but I was very disappointed in this first installment. The dialogue varied from overly dramatic ("Posie vowed she would make contact with Dolly later in the day.") to annoying (the phrase "sure as bread is bread" was used 6 times). I also found it unbelievable that a woman detective in the 1920s would be welcomed into a policy investigation in such a way. I had high hopes of finding a new mystery series to enjoy, but I was very disappointed in this first installment. The dialogue varied from overly dramatic ("Posie vowed she would make contact with Dolly later in the day.") to annoying (the phrase "sure as bread is bread" was used 6 times). I also found it unbelievable that a woman detective in the 1920s would be welcomed into a policy investigation in such a way.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura Edwards

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Fun, little romp. Writing got better and flowed more smoothly as the story went on. A bit predictable. Not the most enthralling of mysteries, but Posie was a likeable character. Since the main culprit got away at the end and declared himself Posie's "nemesis", I suppose he'll pop up in future stories and it will be more of the predictable stuff. Oh, well. A fun way to spend the afternoon without taxing the brain too much. Fun, little romp. Writing got better and flowed more smoothly as the story went on. A bit predictable. Not the most enthralling of mysteries, but Posie was a likeable character. Since the main culprit got away at the end and declared himself Posie's "nemesis", I suppose he'll pop up in future stories and it will be more of the predictable stuff. Oh, well. A fun way to spend the afternoon without taxing the brain too much.

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