Title ~ Death and the Courtesan
Series ~ Name Unknown, #1
Author ~ Pamela Christie
Publisher ~ Kensington
Published ~ 28 May 2013
Genre ~ Historical/Mystery/Humor
*Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington for providing a review in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating ~ 4 bites and a nibble out of 5
Arabella Beaumont is
most infamous courtesan. When an old friend turned enemy ends up dead by Arabella’s
monogrammed paper knife (letter opener) the law is ready to arrest her as a
murderess. However, her rich and highly titled patron, the Duke of Glendeen,
declares that Arabella will be remanded to his custody and therefore free to help
with the investigation of her innocence (of the murder, that is) and she does
just that. With help from London two Bow
Street Runners, her sister Belinda, a family
friend and many others, Arabella has only 3 weeks to find the real killer or
she will be hanged for a murder she didn’t commit.
The writing for this story is a bit different than I’m used to, but it’s not a bad different. It’s told mostly from Arabella’s POV, but there is a narrator at times. The plot is twisty, the characters are wonderful and there is humor aplenty. I quite enjoyed myself while I tried to figure out who killed poor Euphemia Ramsey. I would definitely read more about Arabella and her entourage.