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London 1924. While investigating the theft of a priceless necklace, Lady Eleanor Bakewell spends an evening at the theatre, but her enjoyment is curtailed by the discovery of the body of Sir David Bristol, the play’s benefactor, in the box next to her own. Determined not to get involved, Eleanor is reluctantly forced to look into the case following requests by the murdere London 1924. While investigating the theft of a priceless necklace, Lady Eleanor Bakewell spends an evening at the theatre, but her enjoyment is curtailed by the discovery of the body of Sir David Bristol, the play’s benefactor, in the box next to her own. Determined not to get involved, Eleanor is reluctantly forced to look into the case following requests by the murdered man’s mistress and a major in Military Intelligence. When she discovers a connection between the string of pearls and the murder, Eleanor is faced with her hardest case yet, and a gang of spies who will stop at nothing to silence her.


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London 1924. While investigating the theft of a priceless necklace, Lady Eleanor Bakewell spends an evening at the theatre, but her enjoyment is curtailed by the discovery of the body of Sir David Bristol, the play’s benefactor, in the box next to her own. Determined not to get involved, Eleanor is reluctantly forced to look into the case following requests by the murdere London 1924. While investigating the theft of a priceless necklace, Lady Eleanor Bakewell spends an evening at the theatre, but her enjoyment is curtailed by the discovery of the body of Sir David Bristol, the play’s benefactor, in the box next to her own. Determined not to get involved, Eleanor is reluctantly forced to look into the case following requests by the murdered man’s mistress and a major in Military Intelligence. When she discovers a connection between the string of pearls and the murder, Eleanor is faced with her hardest case yet, and a gang of spies who will stop at nothing to silence her.

30 review for A Burglary In Belgravia

  1. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Lady Eleanor Bakewell has just received her first official case as a private inquiry agent. However, Eleanor didn't count on having to help people she knows from Society. Lady Barbara Lancashire, wife of a senior civil servant, is missing her favorite strand of pearls. They appear to have been stolen during a party. Lady Barbara needs them back. Eleanor needs the mental stimulation so she agrees. During a night at the theater with her friend Ann, Eleanor hears a faint pop or thud from the box n Lady Eleanor Bakewell has just received her first official case as a private inquiry agent. However, Eleanor didn't count on having to help people she knows from Society. Lady Barbara Lancashire, wife of a senior civil servant, is missing her favorite strand of pearls. They appear to have been stolen during a party. Lady Barbara needs them back. Eleanor needs the mental stimulation so she agrees. During a night at the theater with her friend Ann, Eleanor hears a faint pop or thud from the box next to theirs. When she investigates, she discovers the theater patron and newspaper owner Sir David Bristol lying dead. While Eleanor is convinced Chief Inspector Blount can solve this one on his own, Major Peter Armitage arrives to inform Eleanor she has 10 days to figure out who killed Sir David or another war will break out. Eleanor still refuses to take the case until Sir David's mistress, a popular stage actress, asks for Eleanor's help. Rumors around town of more jewel thefts are circulating through polite society and when Eleanor checks out her family's townhouse on behalf of her father, she finds someone has been staying there without permission. Could any or all of these events be connected? There's a lot going on in this story. I figured out one piece of the puzzle right away but stayed up late to finish the book. I was impressed with how Eleanor figured things out and how she handled the situation. I really like her. She's intelligent, compassionate and wants more out of life than marriage. The secondary characters from the first book return here. Tilly, Eleanor's devoted maid and friend, shows a softer side here. Not much but a little. She's a good person to have at your back. She's growing on me. Lady Ann Carstairs, Eleanor's best friend who seems content to have a job where she can party the night away. Ann is a bit flighty and "bright young person"ish. She's a good friend to Eleanor though. Chief Inspector Blount respects Eleanor's intelligence but isn't yet ready to admit he needs her help. Peter is a bit of a bully. He uses flirtatious banter, jokes and flattery to try to get Eleanor to help. I like how she deals with her attraction to him. She's aware of what he's doing, doesn't like it and tries to push him away. Totters and Sophie Westlake pop up again. He's still a little brainless but he's a sweetheart and means well. I like her but now she has her man, all she wants to do is marry everyone else off. Eleanor has a new friend who may reappear in the next novel: Danny Danvers, reporter for Sir David Bristol's Daily Banner. That paper is little more than a tabloid. Eleanor is aware of that and shrewd enough to see through Danny. He's just trying to make a living same as everyone else. He's charming but roguish. Another new friend is Joel Minshull, a street urchin befriend by Eleanor. He's a typical working class kid. His mum is ill and unable to work and he supports the family. The family situation is terrible and I would react the same way Eleanor did. I like Joe. He's cute and earnest. There are way too many new characters and anyone could be a suspect in the jewel theft. Eleanor describes Lady Barbara Lancashire as a crushing bore. I didn't get that impression but I saw her as old school. She's one of those older ladies who knows what's proper and right for everyone else. She adheres to the rules of society and for someone to rob her of her pearls is an insult. I don't think she's very intelligent. I almost felt sorry for her. Her husband, Sir Robert, seems kind. Sir David Bristol sounds like a pretty awful man. He owned a socialist newspaper without believing in the cause, invested only in the theater if the actress consented to sleep with him, and ran a mysterious business. He even was rumored to have had at least one other mistress. Who wouldn't want him dead? Deanna Dacre, actress and mistress of Sir David, is a consummate performer. There's not much character development here. I wonder what her background is and whether she's serious with Eleanor or not. I don't think she's very good to herself taking up with Sir David for the reasons she did. Suspects for political intrigue come from the civil service. There's Sir Oswald Brian, whom Eleanor describes as having the name Brain to make up for the lack of one; Gerald Hope-Weedon and Sir Robert Lancashire. Sir Robert is so nice. If he's passing information on to enemy spies, it's accidentally. After all, he is forgetful and bumbling. However, it could be an act. Sir Oswald must be spilling secrets accidentally if at all since he isn't very bright. Gerald Hope-Weedon is the youngest and sharpest of all 3. He's ambitious and also a predator. He sees Eleanor as a conquest, one she isn't about to let him make. He's so smarmy and creepy. Bristol’s secretary, Miss Haringay, is a dragon. I think she is in love with her boss and would do anything he asked and anything to protect him. She plays dumb but I think she's more intelligent than she lets on. I enjoy this series a lot. It's similar to Ginger Gold Mysteries Books 1-3 but more detailed and polished. The author knows more about British Society in the 1920s and how it worked. I recommend this series for historical cozy mystery fans. There's history, politics, mystery, and a bit of romance.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    So Lady Eleanor joins the ever increasing numbers of lady detectives between the wars in London. This is better than the Violet Carlisle series, (yawn) and better written than the Ginger Gold series (sigh) and infinitely superior to the Miss Alice series (how was this ever published?) but cannot approach the Maisie Dobbs series. I think I need to attempt a new genre, and I would if I could master the Kindle algorithm, which is not as good as the Kobo algorithm for sorting out the kinds of things So Lady Eleanor joins the ever increasing numbers of lady detectives between the wars in London. This is better than the Violet Carlisle series, (yawn) and better written than the Ginger Gold series (sigh) and infinitely superior to the Miss Alice series (how was this ever published?) but cannot approach the Maisie Dobbs series. I think I need to attempt a new genre, and I would if I could master the Kindle algorithm, which is not as good as the Kobo algorithm for sorting out the kinds of things I really like to read. And does anybody read these reviews? I suspect not. It's all in the rating. So from now on I am downgrading all of my 4's to 3's and all of my 3's to 2's and all of my 2's to 1's.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I enjoyed this book and I found following Eleanor quite interesting, although I never felt I was part of the investigation. The author likes to maintain the mystery right until the end, when Eleanor suddenly comes up with the answer. This is one of the things that makes me unsure about continuing with the series. The other is although Eleanor keeps professing her desire to stay independent I feel that 'Major Armitage' is hanging over the books like the sword of Damocles and any minute they are go I enjoyed this book and I found following Eleanor quite interesting, although I never felt I was part of the investigation. The author likes to maintain the mystery right until the end, when Eleanor suddenly comes up with the answer. This is one of the things that makes me unsure about continuing with the series. The other is although Eleanor keeps professing her desire to stay independent I feel that 'Major Armitage' is hanging over the books like the sword of Damocles and any minute they are going to turn into boring romances.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Ernest

    Burglary in Belgravia by Linda Wilcox Lady Eleanor Bakewell is back in the second of the Lady Eleanor mysteries. This time, spurred on by the success she had in book one, she has decided to work as a Private Enquiry Agent. She places her ad in the paper and waits for someone to contact her. It isn't long before she has her first client but 24 hrs. later she is fired for no good reason except that the client no longer seems to need what was taken. The night before she was fired, she was at the the Burglary in Belgravia by Linda Wilcox Lady Eleanor Bakewell is back in the second of the Lady Eleanor mysteries. This time, spurred on by the success she had in book one, she has decided to work as a Private Enquiry Agent. She places her ad in the paper and waits for someone to contact her. It isn't long before she has her first client but 24 hrs. later she is fired for no good reason except that the client no longer seems to need what was taken. The night before she was fired, she was at the theater with friends when a newspaper magnate was shot thru the head in the next box, where Lady Eleanor discovered the body. She and Tilly, her companion and maid, are off to figure out who killed him and why and, of course, Major Armitage is again involved as well.When Eleanor is asked by the Major to look into the matter, right after being hired by the magnate's mistress to do the same thing, she can't stop thinking about it. What follows is a mastery of taking small clues and making them all fit into one puzzle to solve not one but three cases. Grand fun all around! I seriously can't wait to read the third Lady Eleanor mystery! Enjoy!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Merle

    Lady Eleanor, having come home from war, has no intention of getting married and becoming a lady of leisure "at the manor". She wants to earn money for herself, so she sets up as a "private enquiry agent". When a noble contacts her about a missing necklace, she agrees to discreetly find it for her. Thos begins a series of twists, including spies, socialism, the plight of the poor and a special agent who has feelings for Lady Eleanor. There is a streak of welcome humor as well as some feeling for Lady Eleanor, having come home from war, has no intention of getting married and becoming a lady of leisure "at the manor". She wants to earn money for herself, so she sets up as a "private enquiry agent". When a noble contacts her about a missing necklace, she agrees to discreetly find it for her. Thos begins a series of twists, including spies, socialism, the plight of the poor and a special agent who has feelings for Lady Eleanor. There is a streak of welcome humor as well as some feeling for the poor in the narrative. I also like the fact that Lady Eleanor doesn't arrive at the solution quickly, or even automatically. She has to use her brain, as well as some of her wealthy friends to arrive at the end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angela Bray

    Not your usual fluff. I was not to enthralled with the first book in this series. But it peaked my interest enough to give it another chance. I'm glad I did. These mysteries are not about your usual paint by numbers, rich, aristocrat, who is bored with her life of privilege. This heroine has an espionage background, is not a sexual prude and smart! This story is well crafted, interesting and has enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Not your usual fluff. I was not to enthralled with the first book in this series. But it peaked my interest enough to give it another chance. I'm glad I did. These mysteries are not about your usual paint by numbers, rich, aristocrat, who is bored with her life of privilege. This heroine has an espionage background, is not a sexual prude and smart! This story is well crafted, interesting and has enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Nolan

    Another good read. So well written Full of intrigue while interspersed with the party scene of the roaring twenties Lady Eleanor very ably manages to beat both Scotland Yard and her espionage friend Major Armitage in her quest to uncover the murderer of a newspaper tycoon. Though the reason for the jewellery thefts could have had a better explanation considering the books title.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    2 1/2 stars. Fairly typical fare for a mystery set in the 1920s. Though I think it is a little unrealistic that military intelligence would ask an aristocratic lady to investigate a murder when they could do it as easily as she. They would have connections. But you don't exactly read these book for realism, except maybe for period details: dress, cocktails they drink and music. It is a surprise that Lady Eleanor doesn't like Jazz, which is so much a part of this time period. 2 1/2 stars. Fairly typical fare for a mystery set in the 1920s. Though I think it is a little unrealistic that military intelligence would ask an aristocratic lady to investigate a murder when they could do it as easily as she. They would have connections. But you don't exactly read these book for realism, except maybe for period details: dress, cocktails they drink and music. It is a surprise that Lady Eleanor doesn't like Jazz, which is so much a part of this time period.

  9. 5 out of 5

    sarah williams

    Jewels go missing Jewels go missing and so does as young newspaper sales boy. Major Peter, is back again, asking for a favor. Lady Eleanor is engaged to find some missing pearls. Bakewell Estate is to be opened again. Can Lady Eleanor handle being a real private detective? Read and enjoy!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gjohnson135

    Good read I really like Lady Eleanor and Tilly. Nice to be able to put aside reality and Lose yourself into a good read. Yes, not earth shattering but I like the writing and the characters. I don't need to read for hours and hours and still be very satisfied with the story. Will be reading the next book, see what the next adventure brings. Good read I really like Lady Eleanor and Tilly. Nice to be able to put aside reality and Lose yourself into a good read. Yes, not earth shattering but I like the writing and the characters. I don't need to read for hours and hours and still be very satisfied with the story. Will be reading the next book, see what the next adventure brings.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Very Good Story This book is as good as the first one in the series. Quite enjoyable. Makes me want to find out where the Lady Eleanor/Major Armitrage relationship goes in the next books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christine Margaret Costello

    Loved this story very much, London and the bright young things of the 1920's is magical. Lynda writes a good mystery. Can't wait to read her other books Loved this story very much, London and the bright young things of the 1920's is magical. Lynda writes a good mystery. Can't wait to read her other books

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deb Page

    Brilliant Strong characters all and the plot held me enthralled all the way through. Can t wait to read number 3

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christina K Stopka

    A fun romp through London and high society with Lady Eleanor and Tilly. A quick and enjoyable read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Dunford

    Another light hearted mystery A little more complicated than the first book, but still entertaining. Enjoyable, but in a longer form would be even better. A bit hurried in places

  16. 4 out of 5

    jeannette mayo

    A fun story with many twists and turns lots of mischief in personnel. Not a cut and in characters. Very easy to trust the wrong person.i Who, what and where. What was the reason to kill and pretend to be innocent, stealing and spying. Some bad guys appear innocent and the guilty appear completely to be good guys by playing along as they go. Motive is money and blackmail. The richer they make alright to make and break the law; seems it's Ok to break the law. A fun story with many twists and turns lots of mischief in personnel. Not a cut and in characters. Very easy to trust the wrong person.i Who, what and where. What was the reason to kill and pretend to be innocent, stealing and spying. Some bad guys appear innocent and the guilty appear completely to be good guys by playing along as they go. Motive is money and blackmail. The richer they make alright to make and break the law; seems it's Ok to break the law.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Enjoyed it I'm enjoying the Lady Eleanor mysteries. This second one did a much better job of describing the history between Eleanor and Major Artimage. The mystery was interesting as are the characters. I look forward to the next one! Enjoyed it I'm enjoying the Lady Eleanor mysteries. This second one did a much better job of describing the history between Eleanor and Major Artimage. The mystery was interesting as are the characters. I look forward to the next one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Very Good! Second entry in the series is as entertaining and enjoyable as the first one. Time is early 1926 so clothes, customs, and social interaction add to the mystery! Pressure on our young sleuth, Lady Eleanor, to behave as expected comes from all directions.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Grenfell

  20. 4 out of 5

    jan canavan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judith Azzopardi

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  23. 4 out of 5

    jennifer wootten

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hope Myers

  25. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Eveleigh

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Powell

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Stone

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim Halsey

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deirdre Sumpter

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda Thorpe

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