Hasty Death

An Edwardian Murder Mystery

Edwardian Murder Mysteries (Volume 2)

M. C. Beaton

Minotaur Books

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Eager to join the working classes, Lady Rose Summer has abandoned the comforts of her parents' home to become self-supporting. But life as a working woman isn't quite what Rose had imagined---long hours as a typist and nights spent in a dreary women's hostel are not very empowering when you're poor, cold, and tired. Luckily for Rose, her drudgery comes to a merciful end when she learns of the untimely death of an acquaintance.

Freddy Pomfret, a silly and vacuous young man, was almost certainly up to no good before he was shot dead in his London flat. When Rose discovers incriminating evidence pointing to several members of her class, she returns to London high society in order to investigate properly. With the help of Captain Harry Cathcart and Superintendent Kerridge of Scotland Yard, Rose prepares to do the social rounds---uncovering a devious blackmail plot and an unexpected killer.

Hasty Death
was originally published under the name "M.C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney."

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HASTY DEATH (Chapter 1)

Don't, when offered a dish at a friend's table, look at it critically,turn it about with the spoon and fork, and then refuse it.

--ETIQUETTE FOR WOMEN,BY ONE OF THE ARISTOCRACY

Winter is very democratic. In London, its grip extended from the slums of the East End to the elegant squares of Belgravia. Tempers were made as brittle as ice by the all-encompassing cold, even in the home of the Earl and Countess of Hadshire. Their London home in Eaton Square had run out of coal and wood. The butler blamed the housekeeper and the housekeeper blamed the first footman,

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"Fans of the author's Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries, written under the name M. C. Beaton, will welcome this new series of historical whodunits."-- Praise for Snobbery with Violence

"Fans of the author's Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries, written under the name M. C. Beaton, will welcome this new series of historical whodunits."-- Booklist

"Combines history, romance, and intrigue, resulting in a delightful romantic mystery."--Midwest Book Review

"A delightful costume melodrama, featuring wry humor and sleuthing protagonists with a pesky love/hate relationship."---Library Journal

"Old hand Chesney maintains her charm and sassiness while indicting evergreen pomposity and class-status stupidity."---Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of the author's Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series should welcome this tale of aristocrats, house parties, servants and murder."--Publishers Weekly

"If you are a fan of well-written traditional mysteries, Lord Peter and Albert Campion, you might want to try this series. I, for one, will be eagerly awaiting the next."--Reviewing the Evidence

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M. C. Beaton

M.C. Beaton, the widely acclaimed author of historical romances written under the name Marion Chesney, also writes the popular Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth mystery series. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between the English Cotswolds and Paris.

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Hasty Death
An Edwardian Murder Mystery
M. C. Beaton

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429902731
ISBN10: 1429902736
240 pages
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January 2013
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ISBN: 9781250022493
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