• Relative Fortunes

  • A Julia Kydd Novel, Book 1
  • By: Marlowe Benn
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (330 ratings)

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Relative Fortunes

By: Marlowe Benn
Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
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Publisher's summary

In 1920s New York, the price of a woman’s independence can be exorbitant - even fatal.

In 1924 Manhattan, women’s suffrage is old news. For sophisticated booklover Julia Kydd, life’s too short for politics. With her cropped hair and penchant for independent living, Julia wants only to publish books under her own imprint. But as a woman, Julia must fight for what’s hers - including the inheritance her estranged half brother, Philip, has challenged, putting her aspirations in jeopardy.

When her friend’s sister, Naomi Rankin, dies suddenly of an apparent suicide, Julia is shocked at the wealthy family’s indifference toward the ardent suffragist’s death. Naomi chose poverty and hardship over a submissive marriage and a husband’s control of her money. Now, her death suggests the struggle was more than she could bear.

Julia, however, is skeptical. Doubtful of her suspicions, Philip proposes a glib wager: if Julia can prove Naomi was in fact murdered, he’ll drop his claims to her wealth. Julia soon discovers Naomi’s life was as turbulent and enigmatic as her death. And as she gets closer to the truth, Julia sees there’s much more at stake than her inheritance....

©2019 by Margaret L. Benton. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“[A] stylish debut... The author effectively shows the casual discrimination against women at the time. Benn is off to a promising start.” --Publishers Weekly

“Set in the 1920s and framed by the quest for women’s rights and details about publishing and printing, this satisfying historical mystery includes a smart, feisty heroine and numerous plot twists.” --Booklist

“Fans of Agatha Christie novels will love this clever murder mystery, with a cast of suspects to keep readers guessing. Julia Kydd’s endeavour is entertaining and engaging to the end.” --Gemma Liviero, international bestselling author of historical fiction

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