Hasty Death: An Edwardian Murder Mystery (Edwardian Murder Mysteries)

Hasty Death: An Edwardian Murder Mystery (Edwardian Murder Mysteries)

M. C. Beaton

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 1250022495

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

Set in Britain during the Edwardian world of parties, servants, and scandal, M. C. Beaton's Hasty Death is a delightful combination of murderous intrigue and high society.

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clenched at the same time. Daisy went down the stairs and stood in the hall, but before she could relieve herself of gas, an arm went round her waist and a voice in her ear said, “Looking for me, my pretty?” She swung round and found Peregrine Stockton smiling down at her and twisting his moustache like a stage villain. “I needed some air,” said Daisy. Her eyes, which were green and slightly prominent, felt as if they would burst from their sockets and roll across the floor like two marbles.

Baker-Willis, unless you are prepared to make an official statement, I must assume you are lying.” Tristram stared at him for a long moment. Then he shrugged. “May as well get it over with. I’ll come now.” Later that evening, armed with a letter of introduction from an old army friend, Brigadier Bill Handy, Harry visited the late Freddy’s father. Colonel Hugh Pomfret read the letter carefully. Then he said, “Of course I want to find out who murdered my son. But what can you do that the police

Baker-Willis, unless you are prepared to make an official statement, I must assume you are lying.” Tristram stared at him for a long moment. Then he shrugged. “May as well get it over with. I’ll come now.” Later that evening, armed with a letter of introduction from an old army friend, Brigadier Bill Handy, Harry visited the late Freddy’s father. Colonel Hugh Pomfret read the letter carefully. Then he said, “Of course I want to find out who murdered my son. But what can you do that the police

Burma. She proved to be neat, efficient, and, above all, impersonal. What he did not know because Ailsa did not consider it important enough to tell him was that two days after she had started work and while Harry was out of the office, she had sustained a visit from Miss Jubbles. Miss Jubbles announced that she was the captain’s former secretary and said that the china in the cupboard was her property. Armed in her new status of affianced lady, Miss Jubbles was ready to do battle, but Ailsa

memsahibs, and what about the Hulberts?” “Who are the Hulberts?” asked Harry. “Some terrible dragon of a woman who is an old friend of Mama’s,” said Rose. “What if I take a fancy to some gentleman shortly after this supposed engagement?” “Then you terminate the engagement early,” said Harry cheerfully. “Your parents won’t mind so long as you have someone, anyone, to marry.” Rose was beginning to find all this humiliating. Harry could at least have shown a little warmth instead of looking at

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