This comic novel, which takes its title from the most famous Shakespearean quote that Shakespeare never wrote, explores how easy it is to perpetrate a character assassination whether by a great playwright or a gang of online trolls. It's a laugh-out-loud mashup of romantic comedy, crime fiction, and satire: Dorothy Parker meets Dorothy L. Sayers.
Perennially down-and-out socialite Camilla Randall - aka The Manners Doctor - is a magnet for murder, mayhem, and Mr. Wrong, but she always solves the mystery in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way. Usually with more than a little help from her gay best friend, Plantagenet Smith. In this hilarious episode she makes the mistake of responding to an online review of one of her etiquette guides and sets off a chain of events that leads to arson, attempted rape, and murder. Plantagenet, vacationing in England, is accused of the murder and nobody but Camilla's shady former boyfriend, fresh from prison, can save him. Camilla and Plantagenet are caught between rival factions of historical reenactors who are fiercely pro- and anti-Richard III.
A comedy and a mystery, I had to try this book. I liked it. Now I'm off to see if Audible has any more of her work. I did not care fir the author's reading though I can understand her wanting to do so.
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