am maliciousARC honest review for Kensington Books via Netgalley.

In post–World War I England, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, step outside of their social roles and put their lives at risk to apprehend a vicious killer. . .

December 1918: As a difficult year draws to a close, there is much to celebrate for nineteen-year-old Phoebe Renshaw and her three siblings at their beloved family estate of Foxwood Hall. The dreadful war is finally over; eldest daughter Julia’s engagement to their houseguest, the Marquis of Allerton, appears imminent; and all have gathered to enjoy peace on earth, good will toward men.

But the peace of Foxwood Hall is shattered on the morning of Boxing Day, when the Marquis goes missing. Not entirely missing, however, as macabre evidence of foul play turns up in gift boxes given to lady’s maid Eva Huntford and a handful of others. Having overheard her sister and the Marquis in a heated exchange the night before, Lady Phoebe takes a personal interest in solving the mystery.

As the local constable suspects a footman at Foxwood Hall, Phoebe and Eva follow the clues to a different conclusion. But both young women will need to think outside the box to wrap up this case–before a cornered killer lashes out with ill will toward them. . .

*****

Another Great start to a New Historical Murder/Mystery series!

This was one of those books that you pick up as interesting, and are not sure about whether you are going to like it or not…but are pleasantly surprised!

Post-World War I brought a lot of social changes, the breakdown of class distinction, women’s rights, etc…

I liked the fact that the author has brought together 2 young women from different social classes that they work so well together.  The Upstairs & Downstairs of the murder/mysteries.

This was a well written and plotted book.  With characters that you get to like…and would like to see more of at a later date.

Alyssa Maxwell also writes the Gilded Newport Mysteries series…which I have the first 2 books on my TBR list.  Hopefully they are as good as this Lady & Ladies Maid series.

Can’t wait for the next instalment of Lady Phoebe Renshaw & Eva Huntford adventures.

5 Stars****

 

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