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Fatal Masquerade by Vivian Conroy HQ Digital Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 04 Oct 2017 Review
If you enjoy the Miss Fisher Mysteries you will enjoy Vivian Conroy’s charming series featuring Lady Alkmene and reporter Jake Dubois. Set against the glittering backdrop of England in the 1920’s these stories have murder, suspense and just a hint of romance.
In Fatal Masquerade, Lady Alkmene accompanies her friend Denise to a grand party at her father’s estate. No expense is spared in preparing for the event, and a who’s who of business and aristocracy is expected to attend. Lady Alkmene’s first surprise is finding her friend Jake Dubois in attendance. Her second is finding yet another body - that of an insolent footman with an eye for the finer things in life and a taste for blackmail.
Vivian Conroy is a good writer of cosy mysteries, but I have to say her Lady Alkmene Demysteries are the best I’ve read so far. The plots are complex without being over complicated, and the settings and characters have an authentic 1920s feel. If you like light historical mysteries with just a dash of romance, you will enjoy Fatal Masquerade.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Fatal Masquerade from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside. Masked danger… Lady Alkmene Callender has always loved grand parties, but when she receives an invitation to a masked ball thrown by Franklin Hargrove – oil magnate, aviation enthusiast and father of her best friend, Denise – she’s never seen such luxury. The estate is lit up with Chinese lanterns in the gardens, boats operated by footmen float across the pond and the guest list features the distinguished, rich and powerful! But below the glamour, evil is lurking. When a dead body is discovered, it forces Lady Alkmene to throw off her mask and attempt to find the true killer before Denise’s family are accused. If only her partner, Jake Dubois, weren’t hiding something from her… This case might just be more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.