Thursday 15 September 2016

A Proposal to Die For by Vivian Conroy

A Proposal to Die For by Vivian Conroy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first book in the new Lady Alkmene Callender Mystery series

A murderous beginning

With her father away in India, Lady Alkmene Callender finds being left to her own devices in London intolerably dull, until the glamorous Broadway star Evelyn Steinbeck arrives in town! Gossip abounds about the New York socialite, but when Ms Steinbeck’s wealthy uncle, Silas Norwhich, is found dead Lady Alkmene finds her interest is piqued. Because this death sounds a lot to her like murder…

Desperate to uncover the truth, Lady Alkmene begins to look into Ms Steinbeck’s past – only to be hampered by the arrival of journalist, Jake Dubois – who believes she is merely an amateur lady-detective meddling in matters she knows nothing about!

But Lady Alkmene refuses to be deterred from the case and together they dig deeper, only to discover that some secrets should never come to light…

The twenties have never been so dangerous


A Proposal to Die For is a very delightful cozy mystery novel. Lady Alkmene Callender finds herself drawn into a mysterious murder case together with the journalist Jake Dubois. They may come from different social classes, but they both want to find out the truth about the death of Silas Norwich who suspiciously is found dead after finding his lost niece. Could it be that she is behind her uncle's death or is there someone else that would benefit from Norwich death?

I found the book to be quite nice to read. Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois is quite a wonderful team, of course, totally unsuitable since they are worlds apart when it comes to social status. And, Jake Dubois never lets her forget that she is a Lady and Lady Alkmene does realize several times in this book what a sheltered life she has been living. But, you can feel the chemistry between them. It's just too bad, that Lady Alkmene father would never approve of a journalist as a son-in-law...

The case is not perhaps the most complex, but I found myself enjoying the book thanks to the colorful characters and the easygoing nature of the story. The culprit was not really a big surprise, but nevertheless, I enjoyed the book very much. I'm looking forward to reading the next book to find out what Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois will take on next especially since they may have found out the truth about Norwich death, but they have yet solved the other case...

This is a perfect book for people who like the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries books/TV-series.

I want to thank Carina UK for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

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