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Fatal Masquerade by Vivian Conroy #Review #BlogTour #MurderMystery #Series

Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside.

Series: A Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery #4

Title: Fatal Masquerade 

Author: Vivian Conroy

Publisher: HQ Digital

Published: October 9th, 2017

Pages: 384

Rating: 5/5

Nothing should disrupt the masquerade ball which Lady Alkmene Callender is attending with her best friend Denise Hargrove, but that wouldn’t be much of a story, would it? Get ready for blackmail, family arguments, mystery and murder in this brilliant read, the fourth Lady Alkmene mystery.

Set in 1920s England, members of the nobility enthusiastically congregate to participate in the Masquerade ball hosted by Franklin Hargrove, the wealthy oil magnate who is also the father of Denise. From the very start, Lady Alkmene senses the unease and rifts which permeate the Hargrove home – some of the arguments are loud and vociferous, so she could hardly miss them. When she also discovers the murdered body of one of their servants, the party atmosphere is definitely ruined! The police are led to believe the perpetrator is a quiet maid but Alkmene doesn’t agree and sets out to clear the young lady’s name – with the help of her journalist investigating partner, Jake Dubois, though he is keeping secrets from her, too.

This is another superb cosy mystery, with brilliant characters and a plot full of twists and turns. Hints and clues are slowly revealed, misdirection frequently occurs until the dangerous face off at the end endangers Lady Alkmene, too! Can they discover who the murder is? What was their motivation? Who else is involved? So many questions waiting to be answered as the story progresses and danger lurks for all concerned.

This is the fourth book in the series but it is so well written that I believe it would also work well as a standalone. Having said that, it is such a great read that readers who haven’t read the earlier books may well be tempted to read them, too. I know I’ll definitely be looking out for more in this series or by this author in future. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone looking for a high class murder mystery to read.

I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.

Synopsis

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.

Buy Links:    Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

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Many thanks to Vivian Conroy for writing such superb mysteries and for organising the blog tour for this book. The opinion expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions after reading the novel.

 

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