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Snobbery with Violence: An Edwardian Murder Mystery | [Marion Chesney]

Snobbery with Violence: An Edwardian Murder Mystery

When a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful - if rebellious - Lady Rose Summer, her father wants to know if her suitor's intentions are honorable. He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart, the impoverished younger son of a baron, to do some intelligence work on the would-be fiance, Sir Geoffrey Blandon.
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When a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful - if rebellious - Lady Rose Summer, her father wants to know if her suitor's intentions are honorable. He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart, the impoverished younger son of a baron, to do some intelligence work on the would-be fiance, Sir Geoffrey Blandon.

But when Harry is caught between his client's desire for discretion and his suspicion that murder may have been committed, he enlists the help of Superintendent Kerridge of the Scotland Yard and Lady Rose herself.

©2003 Marion Chesney. All rights reserved.; (P)2004 BBCA

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-26-10
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-26-10 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "campy cozy"

    While I'm not a huge fan of Chesney/Beaton's Hamish MacBeth mysteries, I found this novel charming and look forward to the rest in the seies.

    The Edwardian setting, the slighly campy tone (enhanced by the author's selection of period quotes to set the theme for each chapter), and the ALMOST tongue-in-cheek narration by the talented Davina Porter made this a jolly listen. You know that Lady Rose and Capt.Cathcart are going to live happily ever after in some distant future, but till then the lightweight sexual tension between the characters keeps you laughing and believing in "ever after." Meantime there is nothing truly dark in this novel to disturb the present moment, if a relaxing listen is what you're after.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 01-13-13
    Amazon Customer United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2012

    My favorite authors: Tess Gerritsen, Anne Perry, Deborah Crombie, & Lisa Scottoline. Also, MC Beaton/Marion Chesney writes hilarious fluff.

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    "Light and amusing series (Book 1)"

    If you want a period piece that is essentially a teensy bit of romance, a teensy bit of mystery, and a teensy bit silly, check out this series by Marion Chesney. There are four books in the series - I'm just about to start Book 3, and so far I find them fun to listen to while I'm working. This series is light enough that you can multi-task while listening, unlike some authors (Anne Perry or Tess Gerritsen) that require you to really concentrate on the details. (I do love both Perry and Gerritsen, though)

    I will say that Harry's solutions to problems seem to border on the unrealistic and rather slapstick at times, but otherwise it is a nice listen. And I ALWAYS enjoy Davina Porter's reading. That's actually what led me to the series in the first place - she narrated many of Anne Perry's books and I loved her in those as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Clairmont 10-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Escape!"

    The rich Edwardian English accents of the reader, Davina Porter, whisk the you away to an England long since gone. The characters are richly developed and entirely believable, if eccentric to our modern temperaments. Marion Chesney includes dashes of humor that lighten the murderous mystery at the manor. Daisy, with her spunk and cockney verage, was my favorite. As maid to the rebellious Lady Rose, she comes to the rescue on several occasions and levels. Loved this story and can't wait for the next!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 07-01-13
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable cozy"

    This is an Edwardian era English mystery with lots of intrigue and female "spunk". The mystery is great. I didn't guess, though at one point, I thought about it and dismissed it! The writing is clear and easy to follow. This is an excellent beginning to a series!

    The narrator is one of my favorites. I never wondered who was speaking.

    Yes, I'd recommend this anyone liking a great cozy English mystery.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    regina New Sharon, ME, United States 11-22-11
    regina New Sharon, ME, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Fun!!!!"

    I loved it. It is shame the author isn't continuing the story line. I hope she changes her mind.

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    Susan G. Wood Central, NY 11-13-13
    Susan G. Wood Central, NY 11-13-13 Member Since 2013

    Librarian, reader, commuter. I got tired of the radio and CDs and switched to audio books. Now I listen to books while I quilt, clean, etc

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    "Frothy, Friviolous Mystery of Fripperies & Murder"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was mildly entertaining so the time in the car listening to it was well spent.


    What could Marion Chesney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think the young lady who was the main character was not very appealing to me. It could be my age is quite a bit older. I think if the young woman had a little more understanding of the world and herself, she would have been more believable. Of course it was her stupidity and lack of social skill that got her into trouble.

    Cathcart, the main male character was not well formed so his appeal to the young lady or his interactions with anyone but his manservant were not well fleshed out. So when the two main characters were thrown together, their appeal and attraction to one another had no (or not enough) foundation.

    I was more interested in the life and love of the two servants and a story about them (and the society that they lived in as servants) would have been more interesting to me. It's a writer's dilemma when secondary characters become more interesting than the primary ones.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It worked fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. Not enough depth of character to be appealing. It would have to be absolutely gorgeous clothes and scenery for me to consider it and even then I'd wait until it got streamed.


    Any additional comments?


    This is a frothy and frivolous Edwardian story of fripperies and foul play. Lady Mary is a stubborn marriageable daughter possessed of a fortune embarking on her first season with scandal already dogging her heels. For she went to a Suffragette demonstration and got her picture in the paper. Thinking a season too frivolous to her more serious nature, Lady Mary had refused a season until she fell in love.

    The object of her affections seems to return it, but her father is suspicious. He hires the brooding and wounded Captain Harry Cathcart to find out about her love object. Cathcart does and Lady Mary creates another scandal by speaking up for her self.

    Cathcart's new career as a fixer for the upper classes is now assured and Lady Mary is to rusticate. Not that she can keep out of trouble. And thus follows, murder, scandal and the comedy of manners.

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Chesney's writing as M.C. Beaton. I think my appetite for these little social vignettes is over. I found Lady Mary to be an annoyingly silly and stupid girl with pretensions to intelligence. The secondary story of the maid Daisy was more interesting.

    I listened to this and the narrator did a good job with the various voices. Lady Mary was, however, high, soft-spoken and even squeaky. I shall not read or listen to the rest of the series. This was a entertaining way to pass the time but I am over it now.


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    nancy TOPTON, PA, United States 01-03-12
    nancy TOPTON, PA, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "davina porter makes the book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    i only recommend books that were particularly enjoyable. this was only ok.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    davina is always excellent


    Could you see Snobbery with Violence being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    tv maybe


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