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Snobbery with Violence

An Edwardian Murder Mystery

Edwardian Murder Mysteries

M. C. Beaton

Minotaur Books

When a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful -- if rebellious -- Lady Rose Summer, her father wants to know if her suitor's intentions are honorable. He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart, the impoverished younger son of a baron, to do some intelligence work on the would-be fiancee, Sir Geoffrey Blandon.

After his success in uncovering Geoffrey's dishonorable motives, Harry fashions a career out of "fixing" things for wealthy aristocrats. So when the Marquess of Hedley finds one of his guests dead at a lavish house party, he knows just the man to call.

But when Harry is caught between his client's desire for discretion and his suspicion that murder may indeed have been committed, he enlists the help of Superintendent Kerridge of the Scotland Yard and Lady Rose, also a guest at Lord Hedley's.

Set in the Edwardian world of parties, servants, and scandal, Snobbery with Violence is a delightful combination of murderous intrigue and high society. Snobbery with Violence was originally published under the name "M.C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney."

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SNOBBERY WITH VIOLENCE (Chapter 1)

All the world over, I will back the masses against the classes.

--WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE

Unlike White's or Brooks's, it was simply known as The Club, lodged in a Georgian building at the bottom of St. James's Street, hard by St. James's Palace. Its membership was mostly comprised of the younger members of the aristocracy, who considered it a livelier place than the other stuffy gentlemen's clubs of London.

Some of them felt that the acceptance of Captain Harry Cathcart into The Club was a grave mistake. When he had left for the Boer War, he

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Praise for Snobbery with Violence

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

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

"A delightful costume melodrama, featuring wry humor and sleuthing protagonists with a pesky/love hate relationship. An easy go for most mystery collections."
--Library Journal

"Murder and mayhem abound at an Edwardian house party in this debut installment of a promising new mystery series."
--Booklist

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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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    M. C. Beaton
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