Monday, June 23, 2008

CONSEQUENCES OF SIN:  An Ursula Marlow Edwardian Mystery 

I have always been a fan of the British mystery.  Give me Poirot, Miss Marple, Morse, sherlock Holmes, or Inspector Lindley and I am in Heaven!  There is just something about the British fog, gas lit streets, and mystery.

The novel is set in Edwardian England when the fabric of British society was undergoing tremendous upheaval.  Clare Langley-Hawthorne gives us a glimpse into the inner workings of a society where reputation is everything and even the breath of a scandal can be a young woman's or gentleman's undoing.

Oxford educated Ursula Marlow is not an ordinary Belgravian heiress. She is an aspiring journalist and staunch suffragette who becomes involved in murder up to her beautiful eyeballs!  

A fellow suffragette is accused of murder, but Ursula is convinced of her friend's innocence, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  She digs deeper discovering her own father is connected to the victim.  Attempts on her life, a mysterious expedition,  and a voyage to Venezuela, force Ursula to join forces with her father's trusted advisor, the handsome, enigmatic Lord Oliver Wrotham.

I just loved the novel.  If you enjoy period mysteries, you will really enjoy the adventures of Ursula Marlow.  I would love to see this done as one of the British mystery series on PBS.     

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