The first book in the new Lady Alkmene Callender Mystery series.

A murderous beginning.

With her father away in India, Lady Alkmene Callender finds being left to her own devices in London intolerably dull, until the glamorous Broadway star Evelyn Steinbeck arrives in town! Gossip abounds about the New York socialite, but when Ms Steinbeck’s wealthy uncle, Silas Norwhich, is found dead Lady Alkmene finds her interest is piqued. Because this death sounds a lot to her like murder…

Desperate to uncover the truth, Lady Alkmene begins to look into Ms Steinbeck’s past – only to be hampered by the arrival of journalist, Jake Dubois – who believes she is merely an amateur lady-detective meddling in matters she knows nothing about!

But Lady Alkmene refuses to be deterred from the case and together they dig deeper, only to discover that some secrets should never come to light…

I found it an OK read, if you are not a stickler to historic details or insertions of Americanisms that wouldn’t have been used at that period of time in England.  I could see where the author was trying to go with the social issues of the time, between Jake Dubois and Lady Alkmene.  And Lady Alkmene thinks herself worldly wise, but in truth is very very naïve.

Hopefully book 2 and 3 that I have agreed to review gets better.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Carina Books UK and downloaded via NetGalley.

3 Stars***


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