The Temptress

The Scandalous Life of Alice de Janze and the Mysterious Death of Lord Erroll

Paul Spicer

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In the spirit of Frances Osborne’s The Bolter, this fascinating life of femme fatale and gorgeous Chicago heiress, Alice de Janzé, offers a solution to the decadesold murder of Lord Erroll—the story at the center of James Fox’s acclaimed book and movie White Mischief

A glamorous American multi-millionairess, Alice de Janzé scandalized 1920’s Paris when she left her aristocratic French husband for an English lover—whom she later tried to kill in a failed murder-suicide in the Gare du Nord. Abandoning Paris for the moneyed British colonial society known as Kenya’s Happy Valley, she became the lover of the handsome womanizer, Joss Hay, Lord Erroll. In 1941, Erroll was shot in his car on an isolated road. A cuckolded husband was brought to trial and acquitted, and the crime remained tantalizingly unsolved.

Paul Spicer, whose mother was a confidante of Alice’s, used personal letters and his own extensive research to piece together what really happened that fateful evening. He brings to life an era of unimaginable wealth and indulgence, where people changed bed partners as easily as they would order a cocktail, and where jealousy and hidden passions brewed. At the heart of The Temptress is Alice, whose seductive charms no man could resist, and whose unfulfilled quest for love ended in her own suicide at age forty-two.
 
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THE TEMPTRESS (Chapter One)The Heiress

ALICE DE JANZÉ WAS BORN ALICE SILVERTHORNE, at home in Buffalo, New York, on September 28, 1899. Home was an apppropriately extravagant and elaborate setting for the arrival of this little heiress who would one day grow up to become a countess. The year before her birth, Alice’s father, the Buffalo millionaire William Silverthorne, had bought a brand-new three-story redbrick Georgian Revival mansion on Delaware Avenue, also known as Millionaire’s Row. It was here that Alice was born and spent her early years.

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Paul Spicer

PAUL SPICER was born in Kenya and educated at Eton College. He was a Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards, serving in the UK, Palestine, and Libya, as well as a managing director Overseas of Shell International Petroleum.

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The Temptress
The Scandalous Life of Alice de Janze and the Mysterious Death of Lord Erroll
Paul Spicer

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St. Martin's Press
July 2010
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ISBN: 9781429984720
ISBN10: 1429984724
272 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
August 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312584184
ISBN10: 0312584180
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages, includes one 8-page black-and-white photograph section
$16.99
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