Lady Rose Summer may be a beauty, but she's still a disappointment to her parents - frustratingly uninterested in balls and parties, alarmingly in favour of social reform. So when she becomes engaged to Captain Harry Cathcart (strictly for convenience, if only they knew), it's a relief of sorts. A detective may be a man in trade, but at least ...
Lady Rose Summer may be a beauty, but she's still a disappointment to her parents - frustratingly uninterested in balls and parties, alarmingly in favour of social reform. So when she becomes engaged to Captain Harry Cathcart (strictly for convenience, if only they knew), it's a relief of sorts. A detective may be a man in trade, but at least Harry's family and fortune are good. It takes more than a pretend engagement to keep Rose out of trouble, though. Bored with the social round, she's delighted to befriend sweet, bewildered Dolly Tremaine, an exquisite country girl for whom the London Season is all a bit much. But when her protege is found floating in the river, it's time for Harry to step up and solve the mystery of Dolly's death - before Rose herself falls victim.
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Marion Chesney is better known for her humorous Regency romances, often with a mystery sub-plot. I particularly enjoy her humor, insight into customs, and excellent plots. If possible, her mysteries are even better than her romances. She does a particularly good job of explaining details of Edwardian life that are crucial to the plot but might not be known to a modern reader as asides without losing the thread of the story. Sick of Shadows is the third book in a series featuring Lady Rose Summer and Captain Harry Cathcart, but it stands nicely on its own if you haven't read the first two books. They and the other characters are likeable and imperfect enough to be realistic and interesting. If you are a fan of Marion Chesney or cozy mysteries, then you will enjoy Sick of Shadows as much as I did! Marion Chesney also writes mysteries as M.C. Beaton.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-03-21 Lady Rose Summer gets engaged to her paramour, Capt. Harry Cathcart, if only to avoid being shipped off to India, but a dramatic murder soon distracts the couple in Marion Chesney's Sick of Shadows: An Edwardian Murder Mystery, the third in this charming historical series (after 2004's Hasty Death). Agent, Barbara Lowenstein. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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