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A Devious Death: A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery #3

Alyssa Maxwell

ISBN 9781617738388
Publish Date 12/26/2017
Format Hardcover
Categories Cozy, Kensington
List Price: $25.00
Upcoming December 26, 2017

In the sobering yet hopeful years following the First World War, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, find their summer plans marred by an instance of murder . . .

Phoebe and her sister Julia are eager for a summer getaway at High Head Lodge, the newly purchased estate of their cousin Regina. But they are not the only houseguests. Regina's odd friend, Olive, is far from friendly, and Regina's mother and brother—bitter over the unequal distribution of her father's inheritance—have descended on the house to confront Regina.

In addition to the family tension, Eva is increasingly suspicious of Lady Julia's new maid. She questions Miss Stanley's loyalty and integrity, wondering why she left her former employer so suddenly. And why does Regina seem ill at ease around the maid, as if they were previously acquainted? Everyone, it appears, is on edge.

But things go from tense to tragic when their hostess meets an untimely end—mysteriously murdered in her bed with no signs of struggle. Now, with suspects in every room, Lady Phoebe and Eva must uncover secrets hidden behind closed doors—before a killer ensures they never leave High Head Lodge . . . alive.

Praise for Alyssa Maxwell and her Lady and Lady’s Maid Mysteries!

A Pinch of Poison

“Colorful information on the postwar period is combined with plenty of suspects, all neatly wrapped up in the style of a classic mystery.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A sweet, delightful mystery, which is sure to appeal to historical-fiction and mystery readers alike.” —Foreword Reviews

“Along with a bracing mystery, Maxwell explores compelling themes. Although this is from a slightly earlier time period, it’s a good match with Rhys Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness series.” —Booklist

Murder Most Malicious

“Entertaining . . . some of the characters and scenes are highly reminiscent of TV’s Downton Abbey, but Maxwell makes Phoebe and Eva distinctive personalities in their own right.” —Publishers Weekly

“Maxwell provides a neat little mystery and a heavily atmospheric look at life in a great house after the trials of the war.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Details of the lives of the nobility and their servants, and the aftermath of the war, are woven throughout the story, and the forward-thinking Phoebe is a charming main character.” —Booklist

“The story is so good, you don’t want it to end.” —Suspense Magazine

“Downton Abbey fans will enjoy Maxwell’s evocative descriptions of a particular society as it transitions from the Edwardian Age to modern times.” —Library Journal

About Alyssa Maxwell:

Alyssa Maxwell began a love affair with the city of Newport when visiting friends there back in her high school days. Time and again the cobbled lanes and harbor side, gas lit neighborhoods drew her to return, and on one of those later visits she met the man who would become her husband. Always a lover of history, Alyssa found that marrying into a large, generations old Newport family opened up an exciting new world of historical discovery. From the graveyards whose earliest markers read from the seventeenth century, to original colonial houses still lived in today, to the Newport Artillery Company whose curator for many years was her husband’s grandfather, Newport became a place of fascination and romantic charm. Today, Maxwell and her husband reside in Florida with their two adult daughters, but part of her heart remains firmly in that small New England city of great significance, a microcosm of American history spanning from before the Revolution through the Civil War, the Industrial Age, the Gilded Age, and beyond. You can learn more about Alyssa and her books at www.alyssamaxwell.com, and friend her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gildednewport and facebook.com/AlyssaMaxwellauthor.

Photo Credit: Erin Manuel


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