5 stars · British · Female sleuth · Historical · Mystery

A Proposal to Die For (Lady Alkmene Callender Mysteries #1)

★★★★★

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By Vivian Conroy

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…

The twenties have never been so dangerous

My review

I adored the book, the writing is great, the story interesting and the interactions between the main characters are perfect. I particularly enjoyed how Lady Alkmene’s character stayed realistic, she’s testing and stretching her boundaries given by sex and society, but doesn’t overdo it. I’m looking forward to more stories featuring Lady Alkmene and Jake!

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