A Death by Any Other Name: A Mystery (Hardcover)

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Both Lady Clementine Montford and Mrs. Emily Jackson, her housekeeper, find their visit to Hyde House unsettling as the two amateur sleuths investigate a mysterious death. With encouragement from Mr. Ernest Stafford, landscape architect and friend to Mrs. Jackson, the ladies are attempting to clear the name of a previous cook. Mr. Rupert Bartholomew died of suspected food poisoning and the cook, blamed for the death, was terminated. Inviting themselves to the meeting of the Hyde Rose Society, the two unlikely partners are surrounded by unhappy marriages, unorthodox servants, and secrets. Many, many secrets which mean many motives. With war looming, could the motive by money?  Roger Haldane, owner of Hyde House, coveted Bartholomew’s business contract. Ladies liked the dead man which irritated husbands. Mr. Bartholomew created beautiful roses which elevated competitive personalities. As Lady Montfort quizzes guests, Mrs. Jackson works her magic downstairs. And reacquaints herself with Mr. Stafford. One by one, the two sleuths reveal secrets. Then one of the female guests is attacks and the stakes elevate. The two main characters are engaging, likeable, and entertaining. With the world in flux, mystery is the least of society’s problems. This is a well written book is the third in the series. As World War I begins and character roles change, I look forward to the next adventure. – Guest Reviewer Sandra Hale

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A Death by Any Other Name is a delightful Edwardian mystery set in the English countryside. Building on the success of her last two mysteries in the same series, Tessa Arlen returns us to the same universe full of secrets, intrigue, and, this time, roses.

The elegant Lady Montfort and her redoubtable housekeeper Mrs. Jackson's services are called upon after a cook is framed and dismissed for poisoning a guest of the Hyde Rose Society. Promising to help her regain her job and her dignity, the pair trek out to the countryside to investigate a murder of concealed passions and secret desires. There, they are to discover a villain of audacious cunning among a group of mild-mannered, amateur rose-breeders. While they investigate, the rumor mill fills with talk about a conflict over in Prussia where someone quite important was shot. There is talk of war and they must race the clock to solve the mystery as the idyllic English summer days count down to the start of WWI.

Brimming with intrigue, Tessa Arlen's latest does not disappoint.

About the Author

TESSA ARLEN is the author of Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman and Death Sits Down to Dinner. She is the daughter of a British diplomat, and had lived in or visited her parents in Singapore, Berlin, the Persian Gulf, Beijing, Delhi and Warsaw by the time she was sixteen. She came to the US in 1980 and worked as an HR recruiter for the LA Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Olympic Games, where she interviewed her future husband for a job. She lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250101426
ISBN-10: 1250101425
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Lady Montfort Mystery