Hasty Death: An Edwardian Murder Mystery
St. Martin's, 2005 (2004)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
just woke up to the fact that Marion Chesney is one and the same as M. C. Beaton, one of my favorite writers. For a book filled with fun and mystery, you can never go wrong with one of Beaton's two series, starring Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin.
is an Edwardian murder mystery, taking place just after the Boer War. English standards of conduct and morals were still exceedingly high and the class system had not yet begun to break down.
ady Rose Summer is fighting her parents on the subject of marriage. Also on almost everything else. She wants her freedom to exist as an individual, not as a clone of every other woman of her class. Rose gets their grudging permission to work as a typist, and to live in a rooming house with her maid/companion, Daisy. She again meets up with Captain Harry Cathcart (from a previous novel) who is working as a detective – going against the idea of gentlepeople working in trade. Murder is done, and Harry, Rose and Daisy become involved and are endangered.
hat fun the whole book is. From the great characterizations to a plot that doesn't falter, with humor that livens the writing even more,
is a fine read.
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