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If you love the old ‘whodunits’ from the Golden Age of British crime-writing, you will enjoy this. Set in the 1920s, it’s the first of a series of traditional murder mysteries featuring the amiable Detective Inspector Miles Felix of Scotland Yard and his shrewd but prickly assistant, Sergeant ‘Teddy’ Rattigan. It’s the spring of 1926. Following a macabre discovery, the In If you love the old ‘whodunits’ from the Golden Age of British crime-writing, you will enjoy this. Set in the 1920s, it’s the first of a series of traditional murder mysteries featuring the amiable Detective Inspector Miles Felix of Scotland Yard and his shrewd but prickly assistant, Sergeant ‘Teddy’ Rattigan. It’s the spring of 1926. Following a macabre discovery, the Inspector investigates a fading aristocratic family where everyone seems to have a secret, even the servants.


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If you love the old ‘whodunits’ from the Golden Age of British crime-writing, you will enjoy this. Set in the 1920s, it’s the first of a series of traditional murder mysteries featuring the amiable Detective Inspector Miles Felix of Scotland Yard and his shrewd but prickly assistant, Sergeant ‘Teddy’ Rattigan. It’s the spring of 1926. Following a macabre discovery, the In If you love the old ‘whodunits’ from the Golden Age of British crime-writing, you will enjoy this. Set in the 1920s, it’s the first of a series of traditional murder mysteries featuring the amiable Detective Inspector Miles Felix of Scotland Yard and his shrewd but prickly assistant, Sergeant ‘Teddy’ Rattigan. It’s the spring of 1926. Following a macabre discovery, the Inspector investigates a fading aristocratic family where everyone seems to have a secret, even the servants.

30 review for Death of a Lady

  1. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    I liked Inspector Miles Felix, and that is important in any mystery I read. So many mysteries make their detectives arrogant and unlikable nowadays. His sergeant is a good complement to the inspector as well. The mystery takes places in two parts--1914 and 1926, in which a ghastly death is finally discovered. The world has changed dramatically in the intervening years, but the secrets of 1914 have come back to haunt a ducal famiy. Would hope to read other stories in the series if available.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Secrets and lies must be uncovered by Inspector Felix in the midst of aristocracy gone stale in the 1920's when a body is found in the attic. This is a very enjoyable country manor house mystery and presents a very complex puzzle after so many years have passed since a young bride went missing on her wedding night. The societal changes are also interesting post WWI. I plan to read more by this author. In fact, there seem to be six books featuring Inspector Felix of Scotland Yard. Kindle Unlimited Secrets and lies must be uncovered by Inspector Felix in the midst of aristocracy gone stale in the 1920's when a body is found in the attic. This is a very enjoyable country manor house mystery and presents a very complex puzzle after so many years have passed since a young bride went missing on her wedding night. The societal changes are also interesting post WWI. I plan to read more by this author. In fact, there seem to be six books featuring Inspector Felix of Scotland Yard. Kindle Unlimited

  3. 4 out of 5

    John

    Fairly solid procedural with interesting characters. However, I found the conclusion so complex, and frankly out-of-left-field, that proved almost to be its own novella-within-the-story. Reading a sequel possible, but given the reviews, uncertain for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Les Wilson

    One of the best first books by any author that I have read. Great value for money.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John

    Three and a half stars. I didn't realise until after I had read it that this is a modern book only published in 2016. It read like a book of the period in which it was set. R A Bentley appears to be a bit of a mystery man or woman and even Google can only really come up with a list of books apparently only available on Kindle. Felix is an engaging detective: a gentleman copper in the mould of Roderick Alleyn but not quite so aristocratic. I did enjoy it and found the plot unusual and interesting an Three and a half stars. I didn't realise until after I had read it that this is a modern book only published in 2016. It read like a book of the period in which it was set. R A Bentley appears to be a bit of a mystery man or woman and even Google can only really come up with a list of books apparently only available on Kindle. Felix is an engaging detective: a gentleman copper in the mould of Roderick Alleyn but not quite so aristocratic. I did enjoy it and found the plot unusual and interesting and the characters well drawn. An "English Country House" murder combined with a "Cold Case" scenario is how I would describe it. The details of the set up in the ducal household with the description of life both above and below stairs seemed very plausible and indeed the authors note at the end said that he had researched this thoroughly. I will almost certainly read some more of his or her work. PS I have now read the Amazon Blurb on Ralph Bentley so he is not a mystery man at all. Apologies

  6. 4 out of 5

    JJ

    I found this an interesting read and quite a compelling storyline. We start in 1914 on the morning of Lady Genevieve’s wedding. So far so innocuous. Suddenly it’s 1926 and Inspector Felix from Scotland Yard has been called in after a mummified body is found in the attic of the said ‘wedding’ mansion. So starts the saga of trying to find out if this was an accidental death, as the family hold on to, or if it was murder as the Inspector fears. Felix is an interesting very human character and it is go I found this an interesting read and quite a compelling storyline. We start in 1914 on the morning of Lady Genevieve’s wedding. So far so innocuous. Suddenly it’s 1926 and Inspector Felix from Scotland Yard has been called in after a mummified body is found in the attic of the said ‘wedding’ mansion. So starts the saga of trying to find out if this was an accidental death, as the family hold on to, or if it was murder as the Inspector fears. Felix is an interesting very human character and it is good to see he has a small crew with him taking fingerprints and photos etc, instead of the usual solitary figure or one with just a sidekick to call on, though he does have that too in his sergeant. I liked the way the ending started off very Poirot-ish but then wasn’t!! I’d be happy to read the next in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    3 1/2 Stars The mystery began beautifully-the writing, the characters, the story. 3/4 of the way with only a few suspicions developed wham the detective solves it. The remaining book was a flurry of activity much not understood by reader. Having read the detective's summation, I still don't understand how he solved it. Disappointing from a 4/5 to 31/2. 3 1/2 Stars The mystery began beautifully-the writing, the characters, the story. 3/4 of the way with only a few suspicions developed wham the detective solves it. The remaining book was a flurry of activity much not understood by reader. Having read the detective's summation, I still don't understand how he solved it. Disappointing from a 4/5 to 31/2.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jacqui

    A contemporary author writing in the style of a "Golden Age Mystery". The book is set in 1914 and then 1926 in a country house with an aristocratic family and the below stairs staff. The detectives are a Scotland Yard Team brought in to investigate the discovery of a body 12 years after the Lady had disappeared during her wedding celebration. Inspector Felix and Sergeant Rattigan helped by a photographer, finger print man and forensic pathologist, question everyone, and then rehash everything tha A contemporary author writing in the style of a "Golden Age Mystery". The book is set in 1914 and then 1926 in a country house with an aristocratic family and the below stairs staff. The detectives are a Scotland Yard Team brought in to investigate the discovery of a body 12 years after the Lady had disappeared during her wedding celebration. Inspector Felix and Sergeant Rattigan helped by a photographer, finger print man and forensic pathologist, question everyone, and then rehash everything that has been discovered. Likeable characters, but I did feel that as they were all there at the time of the questioning (as was I as reader) there wasn't really any need for them to go over things quite as often as they did. I found there to be too many characters with little or no personality and so similar that it was difficult to know where one person ended and another started, and unfortunately, the amount of clues, relationships and motives that were withheld until the denouement when they were presented en masse had me shaking my head. I gave it two stars - the atmosphere was almost right, some of the characters shone and the plot could have been very good indeed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Cook

    Well I tried to read this book. I made it to chapter 4 before throwing in the towel. According to the bio of the author, he lives in Dorset. I don't actually know if he is British or not but whether he is or is not, he doesn't know the basic things that are necessary to write an historically based novel about the English upper classes in the first quarter of the 20th century! He muddles the titles and forms of address of the ducal family in whose home the murder mystery is set. His word choices Well I tried to read this book. I made it to chapter 4 before throwing in the towel. According to the bio of the author, he lives in Dorset. I don't actually know if he is British or not but whether he is or is not, he doesn't know the basic things that are necessary to write an historically based novel about the English upper classes in the first quarter of the 20th century! He muddles the titles and forms of address of the ducal family in whose home the murder mystery is set. His word choices reveal an unfamiliarity with ordinary usage. His characters are blanks - they could be anyone or no one at all. The police men are barely sketched, written about but never actually taking any shape at all. All in all, it was a waste of time.!

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Keeth

    I Am Not Sure What To Say Overall the plot was interesting but I became bored less than half way through. I sometimes think it would have been better if written as a novella. There was too much repeating of basically the same information in the first half or so which largely dealt with the bothering episode on the wedding night. I almost quit reading it and thought I would just go to the end to see what the outcome was. However, instead I started scanning the pages in an effort to get to the end. I Am Not Sure What To Say Overall the plot was interesting but I became bored less than half way through. I sometimes think it would have been better if written as a novella. There was too much repeating of basically the same information in the first half or so which largely dealt with the bothering episode on the wedding night. I almost quit reading it and thought I would just go to the end to see what the outcome was. However, instead I started scanning the pages in an effort to get to the end. I wavered between giving this two stars or three. Although it didn’t really leaving me wanting to read another Inspector Felix mystery I might try one more just to see if they improve.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Narrah Gibbs

    good book but a little confusing at times I loved the book because as much as I speculated, I still didn't guess the ending. The way she wrote the ending was a bit confusing though. I didn't know why things happened, and had to read quite a bit more to find out. The transition between locals or conversations were startlingly, and I had to re-read many passages bc I thought I was going into another paragraph of the same conversation, but I was really going into a different scene or conversation. I good book but a little confusing at times I loved the book because as much as I speculated, I still didn't guess the ending. The way she wrote the ending was a bit confusing though. I didn't know why things happened, and had to read quite a bit more to find out. The transition between locals or conversations were startlingly, and I had to re-read many passages bc I thought I was going into another paragraph of the same conversation, but I was really going into a different scene or conversation. I liked how it ended and was very surprised. Very confusing to read, but will keep reading this author for now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Norm Karin

    I enjoyed this book very much and only knocked one star off for reasons of pacing. The first 90% of the book plods pleasingly along with engaging characters, particularly the inspector and his sergeant. I didn't have a clue as to who the murderer was until a surprise (to me) confession happens in a Poirot-like setting. But then a firehose of revelations opens up and the reader is barraged with new facts for which no hint seemed to be provided in the story leading up to that point. In the end, I I enjoyed this book very much and only knocked one star off for reasons of pacing. The first 90% of the book plods pleasingly along with engaging characters, particularly the inspector and his sergeant. I didn't have a clue as to who the murderer was until a surprise (to me) confession happens in a Poirot-like setting. But then a firehose of revelations opens up and the reader is barraged with new facts for which no hint seemed to be provided in the story leading up to that point. In the end, I liked the surprises at the end but wish they had been dispersed a bit prior to the whirlwind ending. I expect that I'll read more in this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    A nice read, decent mystery and compelling, attractive characters This is a solid entry into British manor mysteries set in the 1920s. Aside from some subject matter that was rarely discussed as directly when writing in the 1920s, and creating more of a team dynamic at Scotland Yard which would was generally not captured by contemporary 1920s authors, the reader would have no clear idea the book was not written in the 1920s rather than in current times. The mystery is solid, and the detectives en A nice read, decent mystery and compelling, attractive characters This is a solid entry into British manor mysteries set in the 1920s. Aside from some subject matter that was rarely discussed as directly when writing in the 1920s, and creating more of a team dynamic at Scotland Yard which would was generally not captured by contemporary 1920s authors, the reader would have no clear idea the book was not written in the 1920s rather than in current times. The mystery is solid, and the detectives entertaining and likeable. A pleasure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    I've just finished the third in this series. I'm not sure I can take anymore of Felix and Rattigan. The mysteries are so twisty and there are always clues held, unshared until the end so that the reader can't solve it. The writer's style is total chaos aided by a constant uses of alliteration with names, ie. Lucia & Lucas, Marcus & Marcia, Alice & Alex. I like the police characters, they are quite a team, but it's exhausting to get through one of these books and I just read three. Recommended wi I've just finished the third in this series. I'm not sure I can take anymore of Felix and Rattigan. The mysteries are so twisty and there are always clues held, unshared until the end so that the reader can't solve it. The writer's style is total chaos aided by a constant uses of alliteration with names, ie. Lucia & Lucas, Marcus & Marcia, Alice & Alex. I like the police characters, they are quite a team, but it's exhausting to get through one of these books and I just read three. Recommended with caution.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Brown

    A mistake that paid off! I ordered this book by mistake. The Bookclub I belong to had elected to read Murder of a Lady, a truly impossible 'closed room' oeuvre , which I did read with little enthusiasm. Having duly read that, I turned to Death of a Lady with low expectations. I was delighted to find, by contrast, a gripping read which kept me guessing to the end. Good characterisation, believable twists in the plot and with wit and intellect threaded throughout. A mistake that paid off! I ordered this book by mistake. The Bookclub I belong to had elected to read Murder of a Lady, a truly impossible 'closed room' oeuvre , which I did read with little enthusiasm. Having duly read that, I turned to Death of a Lady with low expectations. I was delighted to find, by contrast, a gripping read which kept me guessing to the end. Good characterisation, believable twists in the plot and with wit and intellect threaded throughout.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Malik

    Twists and turns: Great who done it! I was intrigued when I read the sample and had to buy the ebook. The characters were quite believable, well drawn, likable or unlikable as the case may be, and I cared about them. The main characters were intelligent, especially the women. The historical aspect of the early 20th century was an added a charm. I might have considered 5 stars, but, while well written, I found it a bit unsophisticated. Also, I didn’t care for the ending.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Excellent! This mystery occurs in 1926 England. DI Felix, a Scotland Yard policeman, is a modern policeman. He photographs the crime scene, takes fingerprints, and looks for forensic clues. Brains and careful investigation are used This is a very interesting , complicated. mystery with too many suspects. Excellent plot!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tom Jenckes

    I liked the book a lot. Inspector Fritz takes a while to get comfortable with. Of course, the victim had died twelve years ago. I got a bit confused with the bumbling first inspector. It was to keep up with all the characters. Sometimes they were His Lordship or the Major. Other times their first names were used. But I decided that was part of the charm of the book. I had no idea who the guilty party was or what motive it might be. Good job! I purchased the next one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    P.

    This is a fine read. The characters are good and the writing is the kind you don't notice ie not intrusive. The plot is [one might say] needlessly complicated but I didn't care - just enjoyed the read. This is a fine read. The characters are good and the writing is the kind you don't notice ie not intrusive. The plot is [one might say] needlessly complicated but I didn't care - just enjoyed the read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Judith Hitt

    SMASHINGLY GOOD MYSTERY This story has as many twists and turns as Godwinstowe has rooms. It reads smoothly and the solution was a surprise, one I'd not considered and that's a fairly rare experience. I look forward to reading more. SMASHINGLY GOOD MYSTERY This story has as many twists and turns as Godwinstowe has rooms. It reads smoothly and the solution was a surprise, one I'd not considered and that's a fairly rare experience. I look forward to reading more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Georgia Lengyel

    I borrowed this book from Kindle Lending Library. After a large part of the first chapter, I nearly sent it back. However, "I persisted", and really enjoyed it. A very good start to a fairly new series, at least for me. Never guessed the outcome. I borrowed this book from Kindle Lending Library. After a large part of the first chapter, I nearly sent it back. However, "I persisted", and really enjoyed it. A very good start to a fairly new series, at least for me. Never guessed the outcome.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sheridan

    Very Enjoyable read. I found myself reading this book with such ease,the characters jumped from the page in their descriptions and individuality.The conclusion also took me by surprise and proved me wrong.A first rate who dunnit

  23. 5 out of 5

    LaVerne Cording

    Surprise Ending Since this involved a murder that had occurred Over a decade prior, it was very challenging for the detective inspectors, and led to a very surprising ending. Well written with interesting characters!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa T. Ungerer

    Well written A well written yarn. Murder in the manor house meets police procedural. The first couple of chapters show a generous sympathy for the characters, especially the victim. Recommended

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debi Levins

    Loved this book Very much in keeping with the golden age of mystery. Reminiscent of a good Agatha Christie. The Detective Inspector is charming and human. Recommended reading for those with a taste for classic mysteries.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sudha Raghavan

    This is how a murder mystery should be written Very neatly tied up murder mystery. Till the end I was wondering when the puzzle was going to come together, thinking it may not happen. And I was WRONG!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Martin Robbins

    Giant leap It seems to me to be a giant leap from the detective work to the big reveal at the end. Going to give book 2 a go to see how that goes

  28. 5 out of 5

    Clemmie Jackson

    Who done it? A pretty good who done it. Like the two main characters in the story. Love the fact it started off leading to the mystery.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Daniels

    A bit of a mediocre mystery. Okay, but nothing to warrant praise for.

  30. 5 out of 5

    robyn

    A bride in a chest!! Such a classic. And even though it's a modern writer, it does capture the Golden Age feel really successfully. A bride in a chest!! Such a classic. And even though it's a modern writer, it does capture the Golden Age feel really successfully.

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