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REVIEW: Snobbery with Violence by Marion Chesney

Dear Ms. Chesney,

Snobbery with ViolenceHistorical mysteries are my favorite type and I’m looking forward to reading more of your Edwardian series featuring the unconventional Lady Rose Summer and Captain Harry Cathcart. Lady Rose’s suffragette sympathies, excellent education and concern for the lower classes is just enough to be considered odd by her social peers without seeming too modern for the time period. Boer War veteran Captain Cathcart with his willingness to take money for “fixing” embarrassing things for his social peers is made to be an outsider to his upper class background but still able to mingle with them in order to get the task done.

I like how Harry uses down to earth methods to uncover the intentions of a bounder, foil a blackmailer and prevent the King from trying his luck with the socially disgraced Lady Rose.
The fact that Lady Rose wants to fit into society and be liked by her fellow debutantes makes her seem poignant and not strident. I especially like that these two misfits see the other as a misfit instead of instantly bonding through their misfitedness. You make good use of their personal servants, Daisy and Becket, to smoothly convey information about the era. And I enjoyed the fact that the reason for the murders was historically relevant to the times and beliefs.

While there were enough clues to put me on the right path to solve the case and enough red herrings to make it interesting, I still felt the denouement with the killer had a bit much tell instead of show. And you had so many added secondary and tertiary characters in the house party setting, that at times it was hard to keep their identities and personalities separate. I’d still give this a B- and am excited about continuing the series.

~Jayne

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

4 Comments

  1. Keishon
    May 26, 2006 @ 20:55:20

    Oh, this is a new series? I’ll have to look this one up, thanks! I look forward to any historical review you do because I love historical mysteries as well.

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  2. Jayne
    May 27, 2006 @ 07:09:54

    There are four books in the series so far. Snobbery with Violence, Hasty Death, Sick of Shadows and Our Lady of Pain. The last one was just released in hardcover in April.

    Have you seen these links for lists of historical mystery series?

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  3. Keishon
    May 27, 2006 @ 08:23:11

    Thanks for the link, this is so cool. I have a website Historical Mystery that’s very good with new releases that you might want to try.

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  4. Keishon
    May 27, 2006 @ 08:24:30

    Of course the link didn’t show.

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