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Published by Severn House,
28 August 2014. ISBN: 978-0-7278-8426-8
It is May 1911 and Ekaterina
‘Kitty’ Challoner is 18-years-old and looking
forward to being presented at court as part of her coming out into London
society.All the arrangements being
arranged by Aunt Ursula, Lady Devonish who was to bring Kitty out and act as
her chaperone until the end of her first season.Despite disparaging remarks from cousin
Bridget, about the shenanigans of the marriage market Kitty is enjoying the
attention and the pretty clothes.
aware that Bridget is wearing the wide sash in bands of purple and green
signifying her support for the suffragette’s campaign for Votes for Women, and
that Aunt Bridget’s son Jon is editing a subversive newspaper. But nothing
prepares Kitty for the shattering news that her mother, the beautiful Lydia has
been shot while out riding in Hyde Park
Villiers, her constant escort.
Kitty’s father Louis Challoner is suspected,
but following his release from the police he shuts himself away leaving his
daughter floundering.Kitty discovers
that there is so much she didn’t know about her mother, who was of Russian
heritage and still retained links to the mother county. Seeking any answer she
asks herself ‘Was Lydia really the killer’s intended target? Is there a link to
her Russian heritage? And most frightening of all ‘Was she having an affair
with Marcus Villiers? As Kitty
determines to uncover the truth she wonders exactly just who she can trust.
an absorbing mystery, as Kitty Challoner seeks to find her mother’s killer,
whilst the country prepares for George V’s, coronation and London seethes with
unrest as the suffragettes campaign for women to get the vote. The attentions of Marcus Villiers are
confusing, just who is he and exactly what was he to her mother?Soon she learns that the household in which
she lives harbours a number of dangerous secrets.
Challoner is an engaging heroine, in an engrossing mystery, just who did kill
Lydia Challoner and why? Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Marjorie Eccleswas born in Yorkshire and spent much of her childhood
there and on the Northumbrian coast. The author of more than twenty books and
short stories, she is the recipient of the Agatha Christie Short Story Styles
Award. Her books featuring police detective Gil Mayo were adapted for the BBC.
She lives in Hertfordshire.