Friday, March 3, 2017

A Knightsbridge Scandal by Anita Davison

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A Knightsbridge Scandal
by Anita Davison

ISBN-13: 9781786690838
ebook: 300? pages
Publisher: Aria
Released: March 1, 2017

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
Flora Maguire has come to enjoy some time in fashionable Knightsbridge, London. Extravagant shops, exuberant theatres and decadent restaurants mean 1903's London is a thrilling adventure, but there are dark secrets threatening from the continent.

When the body of a London socialite--a leading light of the burgeoning women’s movement--is found outside The Grenadier public house, Flora can’t resist investigating. Mysterious letters are discovered in the victim’s belongings, strange links to the foreign office, and why do the clues keep coming back to the assassination of a Baltic king?

My Review:
A Knightsbridge Scandal is a mystery set in 1903 in England. It's the third book in a series, but you don't need to read the previous books to understand this one. However, the characters referred to events in the previous novels and partly spoiled previous mysteries.

The characters were interesting, especially Flora's maid. Flora now seems to feel she's better at detective work than she actually is, which gets her into trouble. Flora still walks into dangerous situations, but in this book, she ends up passively waiting for someone to notice she's missing and rescue her.

Historical details (like politics, technology, etc.) were woven into the story and played a role in the mystery. Flora and her maid asked questions and uncovered clues. I strongly suspected whodunit as being the murderer from early on, and I had a fair idea of what was going on before Flora did. There was enough complexity to the mystery to keep it interesting, though.

There were no sex scenes. There was a very minor amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable historical mystery novel.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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