By Tessa Arlen
Girl Montfort has been making plans her annual summer time dress ball for months with scrupulous care. Pulling jointly the meals, plant life and one thousand different information for some of the most major social events of the 12 months is her fortunately authorized accountability. but if her husband's degenerate nephew is located murdered, it's greater than the ball that's ruined. in reality, girl Montfort fears that the reliable police enquiry, pushed via petty snobbery and sophistication prejudice, is pointing in the direction of her son as a possible suspect.
Taking issues into her personal palms, the particularly over-imaginative countess enlists the aid of her pragmatic housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, to enquire the case, song down the ladies that vanished the evening of the homicide, and transparent her son's identify. because the ladies look for a runaway housemaid and a headstrong younger lady, they unearth the hidden lives of woman Montfort's shut acquaintances, servants and kin and notice the id of a assassin hiding in simple sight.
In this captivating debut guaranteed to attract fanatics of Downton Abbey, Tessa Arlen attracts readers right into a global solely loved by way of the wealthy, privileged periods and suffered by means of the boys and ladies who serve them. demise of a Dishonorable Gentleman is a chic secret choked with interesting characters and engaging descriptions of Edwardian life--a great deal with if you love British novels.
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The Squire seemed satisfied with this, asked jovially after the health of his godson and namesake, and set about pressing cold meat and wine upon his guests. indd 35 6/10/09 2:20:51 PM Georgette Heyer He stared, first at her, and then at Arabella. ‘Eh? What’s that you say? ’ Mrs Tallant, frowning reprovingly at Sophia, explained the matter. He listened very intently, nodding, and pursing up his lips, as his habit was when he was interested; and after turning it over in his mind for several moments, began to perceive what an excellent thing it was, and to congratulate Arabella upon her good fortune.
Those who had never seen it were inclined to think him a proud, disagreeable sort of a man, though only the most daring would ever have uttered aloud such a criticism of one who, besides possessing all the advantages of birth and fortune, was an acknowledged leader of society. Lord Fleetwood, no stranger to that smile, saw it dawn now, and grinned more broadly than ever. ‘How can you, Charles? ’ Arabella entered the room to find both its occupants laughing, and thus had the felicity of seeing Mr Beaumaris at his best.
She commanded the houseboy to summon the ubiquitous Joseph Eccles up to the Parsonage, and desired the pair of them to fetch down from one of the attics two formidable trunks. Joseph, who had been employed by the Vicar since the first year of his marriage as the farm-hand, considered himself the mainstay of the establishment, and was only too ready to oblige the ladies; and he lingered in the dressing-room, proffering counsel and encouragement in the broadest of Yorkshire dialects until kindly but firmly dismissed.
Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen