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Midnight treasure hunts, fancy-dress parties, and a blue-blooded murder . . . November, 1923. Olive’s school chum, Gigi, invites Olive to London because Gigi’s dotty grandmother fears for her life—or so she’s said to Gigi. However Olive is surprised to find that the dowager is far from muddled. The sharp and imperious matriarch refuses to admit to her worries and sends Oliv Midnight treasure hunts, fancy-dress parties, and a blue-blooded murder . . . November, 1923. Olive’s school chum, Gigi, invites Olive to London because Gigi’s dotty grandmother fears for her life—or so she’s said to Gigi. However Olive is surprised to find that the dowager is far from muddled. The sharp and imperious matriarch refuses to admit to her worries and sends Olive on her way. Without a client or case, Olive is swept into the glittering lifestyle of the “fast set,” and their decadent excess. But then among the cocktails and champagne, a murderer strikes during a frivolous party game, and Olive realizes the dowager’s fears were well-founded. Can Olive unmask the upper crust culprit before the party’s over for a Bright Young Person? An Old Money Murder in Mayfair is the fifth installment in the popular High Society Lady Detective series from USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett. Join Olive and her dapper sleuthing partner, Jasper, as they navigate the extravagant parties of the Bright Young People as well as their own budding relationship . . .


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Midnight treasure hunts, fancy-dress parties, and a blue-blooded murder . . . November, 1923. Olive’s school chum, Gigi, invites Olive to London because Gigi’s dotty grandmother fears for her life—or so she’s said to Gigi. However Olive is surprised to find that the dowager is far from muddled. The sharp and imperious matriarch refuses to admit to her worries and sends Oliv Midnight treasure hunts, fancy-dress parties, and a blue-blooded murder . . . November, 1923. Olive’s school chum, Gigi, invites Olive to London because Gigi’s dotty grandmother fears for her life—or so she’s said to Gigi. However Olive is surprised to find that the dowager is far from muddled. The sharp and imperious matriarch refuses to admit to her worries and sends Olive on her way. Without a client or case, Olive is swept into the glittering lifestyle of the “fast set,” and their decadent excess. But then among the cocktails and champagne, a murderer strikes during a frivolous party game, and Olive realizes the dowager’s fears were well-founded. Can Olive unmask the upper crust culprit before the party’s over for a Bright Young Person? An Old Money Murder in Mayfair is the fifth installment in the popular High Society Lady Detective series from USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett. Join Olive and her dapper sleuthing partner, Jasper, as they navigate the extravagant parties of the Bright Young People as well as their own budding relationship . . .

30 review for An Old Money Murder in Mayfair

  1. 5 out of 5

    Judith von Kirchbach

    I'm thoroughly enjoying this series. "An Old Money Murder in Mayfair" is very well written with subtle clues and extra diversions that cause you to keep changing your mind about who did it. Olive is sensible, likable and efficient. I appreciate the fact that while the setting of England in the 1920s with all it's colloquialism, etiquette, fashion and customs are described, they remain a backdrop to the story rather than becoming the focal point. I listened to the audible audiobook for this one a I'm thoroughly enjoying this series. "An Old Money Murder in Mayfair" is very well written with subtle clues and extra diversions that cause you to keep changing your mind about who did it. Olive is sensible, likable and efficient. I appreciate the fact that while the setting of England in the 1920s with all it's colloquialism, etiquette, fashion and customs are described, they remain a backdrop to the story rather than becoming the focal point. I listened to the audible audiobook for this one and the narration is excellent and establishes the atmosphere of the upper class London home the story is supposed to take place in in an incredible way. Looking forward to #6 with great anticipation!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This series has a lighthearted approach while incorporating serious topics such as the desperation of a person under the financial control of someone who can force decisions without regard as to the controlled person’s wishes. This book actually was an interesting study in personalities and also a fun read. It was my pleasure to receive this ARC and give my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shandare

    An excellent read. Fun, light-hearted and with an intriguing murder plot. Rosett’s writing sets the standard for mid-war cozy mysteries.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    I love it when mystery is mixed with history. In this story we are swept back to 1923. From the outside it seems the upper class has it all, money, prestige and parties. However, the truth is a terribly controlling Dowager is ruining the lives of everyone around her. When the unthinkable happens and Lady Gina looks guilty it is up to her friend Olive to help before the narrow minded Inspector Thorn arrests the wrong person. This story has it all with a strong plot, interesting characters and a t I love it when mystery is mixed with history. In this story we are swept back to 1923. From the outside it seems the upper class has it all, money, prestige and parties. However, the truth is a terribly controlling Dowager is ruining the lives of everyone around her. When the unthinkable happens and Lady Gina looks guilty it is up to her friend Olive to help before the narrow minded Inspector Thorn arrests the wrong person. This story has it all with a strong plot, interesting characters and a touch of romance. Thanks to the author for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Another fun adventure and excellent mystery with Olive! I’d guessed the culprit quite early in this one, but hadn’t quite expected their motive to be what it was. In any case, I enjoyed seeing it all play out and following Olive’s process as she solves the mystery - she’s really getting better and better at this whole thing. I particularly enjoyed getting to know Olive’s friend Gigi better. We first met her in the previous book (Murder in Black Tie), where she came across as extremely ditzy, sup Another fun adventure and excellent mystery with Olive! I’d guessed the culprit quite early in this one, but hadn’t quite expected their motive to be what it was. In any case, I enjoyed seeing it all play out and following Olive’s process as she solves the mystery - she’s really getting better and better at this whole thing. I particularly enjoyed getting to know Olive’s friend Gigi better. We first met her in the previous book (Murder in Black Tie), where she came across as extremely ditzy, super flirty and not especially close with Olive. As it turns out, the two girls are better friends than I’d thought and Gigi herself is actually far smarter and more sensible and astute than she appears. I rather liked her and felt really sorry for her, considering how judgmental and harsh people around her were as a result of her flighty image. It definitely made me more sympathetic to her plight and I really rooted for Olive to clear her name as quickly as possible. Now it’s probably not surprising at this stage that one of my favorite things about this series is Jasper (as well as the budding romance between him and Olive). There’s unfortunately not as much Jasper as there was in the previous book, but the author definitely made those brief moments count. Olive and Jasper’s interactions in this book carry an undercurrent of sweetness and unspoken attraction, particularly on Jasper’s side, even as they maintain the banter and friendship that made their sleuthing partnership so fun to read. The development at the end is absolutely delightful (even though at the same time I’m disappointed that it was so brief because Olive’s annoying friend Essie can’t read the room). I’m excited to them take it further in the next book - hopefully without untimely interruptions. Also on the list of wishes for the next Christmas book is Inspector Longley - I never thought I’d miss him, but Inspector Thorn gives me high-blood pressure!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Book 5 in the High Society Lady Detective series was a bit of a mixed bag for me, overall. Don't get me wrong, I love, love, love Olive as a protagonist and highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys historical mysteries. I enjoyed the character developments in this book, especially between Olive and Jasper. This book is definitely a must-read if you have enjoyed Olive's other mysteries in the past. The sleuthing itself was fun and the events were a delight to read about. The only thing th Book 5 in the High Society Lady Detective series was a bit of a mixed bag for me, overall. Don't get me wrong, I love, love, love Olive as a protagonist and highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys historical mysteries. I enjoyed the character developments in this book, especially between Olive and Jasper. This book is definitely a must-read if you have enjoyed Olive's other mysteries in the past. The sleuthing itself was fun and the events were a delight to read about. The only thing that fell short for me was the actual mystery. From the moment the murder occurred, I could see where things were going, and I spent the entire book hoping I was wrong. Olive is a smart, clever young woman. For her not to consider the eventual outcome her sleuthing leads to sooner seemed too convenient for me. I really love Rosett's characters, and I really look forward to Olive's next mystery in the hopes it gives her a greater challenge.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vicki May

    I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book but my review is entirely voluntary. In this installment of the High Society Lady Detective series Olive is staying with her friend, Gigi, because Gigi's grandmother believes her life is in danger. Whatever doubts Olive may have are laid to rest as a murderer strikes during a party game. Now the race is on for Olive to solve the murder before someone else loses their live. The High Society Lady Detective series is always a fun, fast paced mystery a I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book but my review is entirely voluntary. In this installment of the High Society Lady Detective series Olive is staying with her friend, Gigi, because Gigi's grandmother believes her life is in danger. Whatever doubts Olive may have are laid to rest as a murderer strikes during a party game. Now the race is on for Olive to solve the murder before someone else loses their live. The High Society Lady Detective series is always a fun, fast paced mystery and look at a time long gone in glittering society. I love the historic detail and humor in these stories. The mystery always keeps me guessing and I eagerly await Olive and Jasper's next adventure.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Suzan

    I have seen this series before and I am a fan of Sara Rosett's other series but I had not read any of the previous books in High Society Lady Detective. Well, I can say that I will be. I really enjoyed this mystery set in the early 1920s. The cast of characters is fun and well developed. Even though this is book 5 I was never lost as to who was who or felt I should have read the books before first. I like that in a series. Thank you for the ARC. My eyes have been opened to another great series. I have seen this series before and I am a fan of Sara Rosett's other series but I had not read any of the previous books in High Society Lady Detective. Well, I can say that I will be. I really enjoyed this mystery set in the early 1920s. The cast of characters is fun and well developed. Even though this is book 5 I was never lost as to who was who or felt I should have read the books before first. I like that in a series. Thank you for the ARC. My eyes have been opened to another great series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Nealy

    These books just get better and better! I love listening to them on audio, I'am transported back to 1920's London and I love it! The mysteries are cozy so they are not that difficult to solve, but the atmosphere and Olive and Jasper make it worth the read! These books just get better and better! I love listening to them on audio, I'am transported back to 1920's London and I love it! The mysteries are cozy so they are not that difficult to solve, but the atmosphere and Olive and Jasper make it worth the read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dorris

    Another excellent mystery from Sara Rosett. As in all her novels one is quickly caught up in the story. I found myself finishing this book on one sitting. Now, over the next few days, I will definitely be re-reading this entire series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A charming addition to the series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jayne

    This is a light hearted and fun cozy series set in early 20th century Britain, which nails all my sweet spots.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Regina Tapoohi

    Another easy palate cleanser of a book. Mysteries are nothing to write home about but the developing relationship between certain characters ( no spoilers) is interesting and amusing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joelle

    Please someone turn these books into a show. The clothing, the music, the houses, the automobiles...the murder. I can’t get enough.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Hansen

    4.5 Stars - review to come!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bailes

    Good book, but I love the cover. Reminds me of a George Rodrique painting of a yellow Rolls Royce. I love Sara and George, perfect combo!

  17. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    3.5 stars Olive's school chum Gigi (Lady Gina Alton) asks Olive to come help her grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Alton, figure out whether the strange accidents and illnesses that have beset her lately are real or imagined. Since Olive is currently homeless and Jasper is called away to visit his father, she accepts the invitation. However, the Dowager Duchess won't even consider talking to Olive, in spite of Gigi's assurances that Olive is discreet. Olive finds herself in the middle of family 3.5 stars Olive's school chum Gigi (Lady Gina Alton) asks Olive to come help her grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Alton, figure out whether the strange accidents and illnesses that have beset her lately are real or imagined. Since Olive is currently homeless and Jasper is called away to visit his father, she accepts the invitation. However, the Dowager Duchess won't even consider talking to Olive, in spite of Gigi's assurances that Olive is discreet. Olive finds herself in the middle of family drama pitting Gigi and her cousin Felix against their grandmother who disapproves of everything about them and anything that isn't her suggestion. When the Dowager holds a dinner party for her grandchildren, Gigi and Olive are horrified to discover the Dowager's companion Clara dead in the library. The police come and start an awkward investigation, determined to pin the crime on Gigi. Olive has a niggling feeling that something is not quite right and when she recognizes one of the policemen as a stage actor, she calls the Dowager's bluff. The murder turns out to be a hoax to teach Gigi a lesson about her wild ways. Gigi is embarrassed and angry but isn't interested in giving up the Bright Young People set. Instead, she and Olive go out for a night of dancing and a treasure hunt. When they return at dawn, the house is alight and police are swarming the house. An Inspector informs Gigi her grandmother is dead and not by natural causes. Gigi assumes it's another prank designed to control her behavior but Olive, recognizing Inspector Thorn, knows it's for real this time. Once again, Gigi seems the most likely culprit for murderer and Thorn is determined to pin it on her. Olive knows she needs to sort out the clues to save her friend but Jasper warns her to look at all angles and not discount someone because they're a friend. Olive will have a devilish hard time solving this one and what will she do if it does turn out that Gigi murdered her grandmother? This is another fun mystery. I stayed up late to finish it and didn't guess whodunit until the clue was dropped. The twist was a surprise and the motive was not easy to guess. If I hadn't been trying to read while my dad was muttering and yammering at me, the TV, and his phone, I probably would have picked up on more clues. The Bright Young People are exhausting and I'm too old to want to party with them. The story moves along quickly enough and the writing is fine but for me, it picked up when Jasper finally appears. I missed the detecting duo and their sweet, budding relationship. Olive is supposed to be so smart but she can't see how he feels for her! There are references to people and events from previous books but no spoilers. This book also references Olive and Jasper working on an art inventory for Sebastian and the author's note reveals that story is told in the most obscure of all novels Duplicity! I wouldn't recommend starting here though because you miss the character development. It works as a standalone if you want it though. The Dowager Duchess of Alton is a tyrant. She's not a VICTORIAN dragon, she's a medieval dragon! The Dowager thinks she should be allowed to control every aspect of everyone's life, from the villagers to her servants to her family. No one is allowed any freedom or free will. None. She's a despot and a tyrant. Doesn't she know what happens to autocratic rulers? The most recent example would be the Romanovs, fresh in everyone's minds! Her grandchildren should remind her of that. There's also King Charles I and King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette should she need further reminders. The Dowager keeps threatening to change her will and disinherit her grandchildren. She doesn't see that they call her bluff and don't care. She doesn't see that this is a new era and in modern times women can have jobs and some can vote, men aren't tied to the land because land is worthless. I would feel bad for her for not being able to change with the times but because she's so ghastly and beastly to everyone, I don't feel sorry for her at all. Unlike Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess of Grantham, this woman has no heart and no family feeling whatsoever. I loathe her as much as her grandchildren do and I'm not surprised someone killed her. There are a lot of suspects! Inspector Thorn is a jerk. He hates the Bright Young People, he hates the aristocracy and in his mind Gigi represents all that is bad about the upper classes. He lets his bias against the aristocracy cloud his judgement. Still, his investigation seems fair enough even if he continues to think Gigi is a murderer. I don't think Gigi did it. She's used to her grandmother's threats and demands. She hasn't been willing to change before and doesn't take her grandmother seriously so why all of a sudden murder her grandmother? Just for embarrassing her? She knows another juicy piece of gossip will come along in a minute and distract everyone. Like Olive, I can see her pushing or shoving and accidentally killing her grandmother or even bashing her grandmother over the head, but arsenic poisoning is deliberate and cruel. I don't understand why in every other book, arsenic smells like bitter almonds and acts super fast, yet in this book no one seems to know how the Dowager Duchess died except for the doctor who based his guess on symptoms and no one knows specifically when she was poisoned. I think they had more forensics in the 1920s than Inspector Thorn seems to have available. The next most likely suspect is Felix, the heir. He's young, moody and doesn't want to inherit. He thinks the aristocracy are dinosaurs and their day is over. He would rather be a playwright. Felix surprised me because even though he's angsty and angry a lot, he does work and is willing to work at his writing to make a living. He says he's always typing away but everyone else claims to tune it out. That leaves him without an alibi. I think he's more likely to have killed his grandmother than his cousin but he was also out on the town with them that evening. Another off chance for murderer is Clara, the companion. She's a poor relation and wears Gigi's old cast off gowns. That has to hurt being at the beck and call of a tyrannical old lady, having to do whatever she says and having to wear someone else's old gowns. Everyone will know how poor she is and perhaps she just is tired of it all and snapped. I wouldn't blame her. A slightly more likely suspect is Captain Inglebrook's sister, Addie. Captain Inglebrook is flirting with Gigi but Olive isn't certain how serious either of them all. Neither seems to like the other flirting with someone else but the Captain hasn't made any formal moves and the Dowager wouldn't approve. His stepsister, Addie, is young, cheerful and optimistic. She's also poor and in love. Addie is perky and nice but rather naïve. She has a good motive for murder, more than the Dowager has for interfering in Addie's life. I don't want any of those people to be the murderer. I'd prefer it if it was Elrick, the creepy butler or Dowd the Dowager's nosy maid. Both of them are ostensibly loyal to the Dowager. Dowd is so devoted as to spy on Felix and Gigi and report back to the Dowager. Dowd tries to frame Gigi for the murder and that makes Dowd a suspect in my book. What if the Dowager was going to leave the servants money in her will and then changed her mind? Or what about the other way around and Dowd killed her before she changed her will again? What if the Dowager's jest about leaving everything to Clara made her devoted servants uneasy? Inspector Thorn is more likely to consider Stella, a "difficult" housemaid who wants to be a lady's maid. She's young and eager for advancement. Because her dreams have been denied and because she's young, she shows her feelings in her work. She's lazy because she's unfulfilled in her job. I feel very sorry for her. Her story is the saddest one. Other characters include Mr. Tower, the Dowager's lawyer, is quiet and dutiful but only to a certain point. He hates to see injustice and is willing to speak up when necessary. I quite like him even though he's boring. I sense another romance blooming! Dr. Benhurst, the Dowager's doctor is a longshot for murderer but he's the one who recognizes the symptoms of arsenic poisoning and attended the Dowager when she was ill. Can he be trusted? I'm not sure. He doesn't seem very up-to-date with his medical knowledge and what happens next when a person is believed to have been murdered. He was old school, I think and so the Dowager trusted him but what if she refused to pay him or what if she knew secrets about him and he killed her before she could ruin him? Essie, Olive and Gigi's school chum who is now a gossip columnist. Essie is unethical and not a friend. I had more sympathy for her when we first met her. This time she's just eager for a juicy story. Mr. Quigley, Olive's parrot appears in a few scenes. I don't find him funny or that charming. Sebastian, of Archly Manor, pops up again. He is a good friend who has sobered since Olive first met him. I like him better now. I'm DYING to read Murder on a Midnight Clear, especially after what happens at the end of Old Money Murder! I will this weekend. I'd like to read Olive's portion of Duplicity but I can't get it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Another fun outing with Olive as she helps her friend Gigi, who is suspected of murdering her grandmother. Too little of Jasper, but the ending makes up for it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tara Savanna

    Olive’s former schoolmate is a suspect this time. Can she clear her name? This book was so much fun, showing how people entertained themselves in the ‘20s. I found it very interesting!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brenda H

    4 stars - review to come

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Eccles

    Olive is staying at the home of her school friend, Gigi, and enjoying the champagne lifestyle of the ‘bright young things’ of the 1920s while employed to investigate some worrying goings on. Once again though, she soon finds herself caught up in murder. I simply adore this series of books by Sara Rosett- and they just keep getting better! The regular characters feel like old friends now (oh how lovely is Jasper??) and the plots are entertaining, clever and surprising. As an English teacher, I ha Olive is staying at the home of her school friend, Gigi, and enjoying the champagne lifestyle of the ‘bright young things’ of the 1920s while employed to investigate some worrying goings on. Once again though, she soon finds herself caught up in murder. I simply adore this series of books by Sara Rosett- and they just keep getting better! The regular characters feel like old friends now (oh how lovely is Jasper??) and the plots are entertaining, clever and surprising. As an English teacher, I have a loathing of careless or dumbed down writing, and coming from the UK I like my England-set mysteries to feel authentic! Sara Rosett’s writing is a class act - it flows beautifully, and is relaxing to read because the descriptions and dialogue feel natural and authentic. So too do all the 1920’s details - clearly they’ve been well researched, but they don’t ever feel forced into the story, or explained too much, like they do in some of the other 1920s-set books out at the moment. This is different - it reminds me more of the writing of authors who were actually writing at that time, such as the 1920’s Agatha Christie books. (And as I’m a huge Agatha Christie fan, there is no higher praise!) If you like vintage murder mysteries that are easy, relaxing reads, thoroughly entertaining, satisfying and really well written, with likeable characters and a stonking good plot - you’ll love this :) I was thrilled to receive an ARC of this book as I’m already a fan of the series, and I highly recommend it. It works as a stand-alone book, no problem. But you’re missing a treat if you don’t read the rest of the series too :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maria Thomas

    I enjoy a good British cozy mystery. I have only read one other in this series so after reading this one I now feel I need to rectify that and read the rest. And I thoroughly recommend doing it by audio-book because the narrator, Elizabeth Klett, was great. Totally enhanced the story. (I have read and enjoyed books from another series by Sara Rosett as well). I think High Society is a fun background for this series, especially in the 1920's. It is an interesting dynamic. I liked the characters a I enjoy a good British cozy mystery. I have only read one other in this series so after reading this one I now feel I need to rectify that and read the rest. And I thoroughly recommend doing it by audio-book because the narrator, Elizabeth Klett, was great. Totally enhanced the story. (I have read and enjoyed books from another series by Sara Rosett as well). I think High Society is a fun background for this series, especially in the 1920's. It is an interesting dynamic. I liked the characters and the language use of the time period. The mystery was interesting. I really couldn't figure out who had done it or why so the reveal was a surprise to me. This is a murder mystery but the reader doesn't see any violence. We just learn about the death after the fact. I'm not really keen on violence so I appreciate that fact. And there was no sex. I can't remember swearing either. So, clean read. I enjoyed this audio-book and would recommend it. *I received a complimentary copy of this audio-book and voluntarily chose to review it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol Evans

    Olive is staying at the home of her school friend, Gigi, and enjoying the champagne lifestyle of the ‘bright young things’ of the 1920s while employed to look into Gigi’s grandmother’s fears that someone is trying to hurt her. Of course, grandmother does end up being killed, and several people have motives, not the least of whom is Gigi. If her grandmother did change her will like she threatened, it would be Gigi who was left out in the cold. I enjoy this series. The regular characters feel like Olive is staying at the home of her school friend, Gigi, and enjoying the champagne lifestyle of the ‘bright young things’ of the 1920s while employed to look into Gigi’s grandmother’s fears that someone is trying to hurt her. Of course, grandmother does end up being killed, and several people have motives, not the least of whom is Gigi. If her grandmother did change her will like she threatened, it would be Gigi who was left out in the cold. I enjoy this series. The regular characters feel like old friends and the plots are entertaining. I adore all the 1920s details – the fashion, etiquette, and colloquialism. It also paints a good picture of the gap between the servants, the upper class who have money, and the upper class who don’t, like Olive. This feels in a lot of ways like a vintage mystery. It’s an easy read, without any real violence or graphic scenes. It’s well-written and the solution was clever.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily Jean

    3.5 stars This was my least favourite book in the High Society Lady Detective Series. Personally, I found this book to be a little lack-lustre. An Old Money Murder in Mayfair seemed to be a transition period for characters and their situations. Don’t get me wrong, I like the evolution of Sara Rosett’s characters and I’m excited about some of their changing circumstances (especially the relationship between Olive and Jasper), but I felt like there was more emphasis on the characters than in the my 3.5 stars This was my least favourite book in the High Society Lady Detective Series. Personally, I found this book to be a little lack-lustre. An Old Money Murder in Mayfair seemed to be a transition period for characters and their situations. Don’t get me wrong, I like the evolution of Sara Rosett’s characters and I’m excited about some of their changing circumstances (especially the relationship between Olive and Jasper), but I felt like there was more emphasis on the characters than in the mystery itself. Unlike the previous books in the series I didn’t find myself shocked as Olive uncovers secrets pertaining to this mystery. Mind you it would be difficult to live up to the plot twists of the previous books. It’s hard to beat a secret marriage and fake identities. Overall this book was good, just not my favourite.

  25. 5 out of 5

    kathy

    I actually got this title as a free audiobook from the author to listen to on BookFunnel. I had a good experience using the BookFunnel app. The narrator does a great job! She has narrated all the books in this series. The plot was enjoyable set in 1923. Who can resist descriptions of the opulence, elegance and sophistication of the well off upper crust? I love how Olive’s friend Jasper is in this book and things progress a bit in their relationship!! He always adds a nice part to the mystery solv I actually got this title as a free audiobook from the author to listen to on BookFunnel. I had a good experience using the BookFunnel app. The narrator does a great job! She has narrated all the books in this series. The plot was enjoyable set in 1923. Who can resist descriptions of the opulence, elegance and sophistication of the well off upper crust? I love how Olive’s friend Jasper is in this book and things progress a bit in their relationship!! He always adds a nice part to the mystery solving! The setting was fun with an elegant home and parties for the young people. The treasure hunt and hints of other party themes make the reader actually feel part of the roaring ‘20’s!! And descriptions of the clothing are fun to envision!! All in all I was thoroughly entertained!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bronwyn

    Bubbly fun with Bright Young Things I’m racing through this series, since I discovered Murder in a Stately Home (#1). Fun, frivolity and frocks along with mischief and of course murder - but there’s a bedrock of reality that distinguishes the series from the usual “cozy” whodunnit. The harsh realities for the less-well-off, the plight of servants dependant on their employers’ goodwill and the tragedy and disfigurements (physical and emotional) of the recent war subtly underlie the wealthy and not Bubbly fun with Bright Young Things I’m racing through this series, since I discovered Murder in a Stately Home (#1). Fun, frivolity and frocks along with mischief and of course murder - but there’s a bedrock of reality that distinguishes the series from the usual “cozy” whodunnit. The harsh realities for the less-well-off, the plight of servants dependant on their employers’ goodwill and the tragedy and disfigurements (physical and emotional) of the recent war subtly underlie the wealthy and not-so-well-off young people’s frenetic lifestyles. The main characters are charming and we want to know what happens to them, as well as discovering, with the intrepid Olive and her intriguing sidekick Jasper, just who done it?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    A good mystery, colorful characters and interesting locations are all hallmarks of this series and this book does not disappoint. The mystery was well constructed and I solved it just about the same time as Olive. The characters are fun and well drawn and the locations were described so well I felt as though I was at Olive's side. Olive handled everything life threw at her with grace, brains and style. My only complaint is that the story was a bit short at just under 175 pages but the ending set A good mystery, colorful characters and interesting locations are all hallmarks of this series and this book does not disappoint. The mystery was well constructed and I solved it just about the same time as Olive. The characters are fun and well drawn and the locations were described so well I felt as though I was at Olive's side. Olive handled everything life threw at her with grace, brains and style. My only complaint is that the story was a bit short at just under 175 pages but the ending set up the next book which is due out during the Christmas holidays. Yay! Something to look forward to!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elissa

    Man, 2020 is just going on forever. I ran through all the High Society Lady Detective novels before this one because the first was part of Hoopla's Bonus Borrows earlier this year (it was this year, right?). They're fun romps through the upper class of England in the 1920s and Olive straddles both upper and I guess middle class. This one was like the other, maybe a bit blander (I mean, Egyptian mummies were fun!) but still entertaining. I'm loving watching Olive and Jasper inch closer to each ot Man, 2020 is just going on forever. I ran through all the High Society Lady Detective novels before this one because the first was part of Hoopla's Bonus Borrows earlier this year (it was this year, right?). They're fun romps through the upper class of England in the 1920s and Olive straddles both upper and I guess middle class. This one was like the other, maybe a bit blander (I mean, Egyptian mummies were fun!) but still entertaining. I'm loving watching Olive and Jasper inch closer to each other. I do appreciate the author's note at the end of each book where she grounds the plot of the novel in real life events, which is pretty neat.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When Olive's friend Gigi believes her grandmother is in danger, Olive quietly investigates. Olive is invited to spend the weekend at the family estate and discuss the situation with the dowager. Once she arrives, the dowager insists no one is trying to murder her and puts Olive off. But after announcing that she is changing her will to give everything to her companion Clara, essentially disinheriting Gigi and her brother Felix, someone is found dead in the study. Another excellent investigation When Olive's friend Gigi believes her grandmother is in danger, Olive quietly investigates. Olive is invited to spend the weekend at the family estate and discuss the situation with the dowager. Once she arrives, the dowager insists no one is trying to murder her and puts Olive off. But after announcing that she is changing her will to give everything to her companion Clara, essentially disinheriting Gigi and her brother Felix, someone is found dead in the study. Another excellent investigation by Olive and her friend Jasper.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Give audio to beta test for book funnel. A fan of the authors book and found the author has another excellent one in the plot. The great clear speaking of the narration by Elizabeth Klett added to the story and the enjoyment of listening to it. Have found few woman I enjoy listening to, and this woman’s voice was excellent. The story once again takes us to the time if the 20’s with the fancy gowns and parties, gigi’s grandmother fears for her life, does she have a reason to. Given audio for my v Give audio to beta test for book funnel. A fan of the authors book and found the author has another excellent one in the plot. The great clear speaking of the narration by Elizabeth Klett added to the story and the enjoyment of listening to it. Have found few woman I enjoy listening to, and this woman’s voice was excellent. The story once again takes us to the time if the 20’s with the fancy gowns and parties, gigi’s grandmother fears for her life, does she have a reason to. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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