Murder in Belgravia: A Mayfair 100 Mystery (Hardcover)
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A high-profile murder propels a unique crime-fighting team into the dark environs of London’s underworld—and on a terrifying quest to track a ruthless killer.
London, 1915. As World War I engulfs Europe, a special task force is formed in the affluent Mayfair district to tackle the city’s thorniest crimes against women. When the bobbies and Scotland Yard come up short, there’s only one telephone number to dial: Mayfair 100.
An aristocrat has been murdered, and his wife, a witness and possible suspect, will only talk to a woman. With the blessing of London’s Chief Commissioner, Chief Inspector Beech, a young man invalided out of the war, assembles a crew of sharp, intrepid, and well-educated women to investigate. But to get at the truth, Beech, Victoria, Caroline, Rigsby, and Tollman will venture into the the city’s seedy underbelly, a world where murder is only the first in a litany of evils.
Lynn Brittney’s Mayfair 100 series debut, Murder in Belgravia, is the darkly compelling story of a movement far ahead of its time, in an attempt to combat the prejudices against women then and now.
About the Author
Lynn Brittney has been a writer for almost thirty years and has written several adult and children’s non-fiction books and many plays for adults and children that have been performed all over the world. Her first young adult novel was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize, the Brandford Boase Award and the Doncaster Book Prize. Her second young adult novel was included in the UK Government’s Recommended Reading List for Boys and was described by the Daily Telegraph as containing…"furious swordplay, tremendous chases, atmospheric journeys and wince-inducing reminders that this was an age before anaesthetics." This is her first Mayfair 100 mystery and adult novel.
Praise for Murder in Belgravia:
"A delightful ensemble cast of sleuths with their complex relationships make this a compelling read. Even though the setting is London’s fashionable West End, we are constantly reminded that WWI is never far away and that London’s poshest neighborhoods are not far from its seedy underbelly."
—Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness mysteries
"Murder in Belgravia offers an exciting blend of history and mystery as Chief Inspector Beech and his intrepid team of investigators seek to solve a murder in the often-dangerous environs of WWI-era London. Filled with rich period detail, a lively cast of characters, and fast-paced twists and turns, this novel will leave you cheering for Beech and company and eager for their next adventure!"
—Ashley Weaver, author of the Edgar Finalist Murder at the Brightwell
"Murder in Belgravia is a savvy, sophisticated 1920s murder mystery with a delightfully engaging circle of sleuths, from the wounded war veteran Scotland Yard detective and his team of Bobbies to the smart, unconventional ladies, who bring their own impressive talents to crime solving! I can’t wait for their next case!"
—Andrea Penrose, author of the Wrexford & Sloane Regency-set mysteries
"Brittney plots skillfully and rolls out a terrific cast of investigators, boding well for her proposed series of historical procedurals."
"Enticing…Well-drawn characters…This is a must for Downton Abbey fans."
"A great look at the time period and…the female characters are portrayed very strongly here. The story is enjoyable as well and the time period fits perfectly into the novel. It looks like this is the start of a new series and I for one look forward to more."
—Red Carpet Crash
"A deftly scripted and darkly compelling story of a movement far ahead of its time…Murder In Belgravia will leave its fully entertaining readers looking eagerly toward the next Mayfair 100 novel."
—Midwest Book Review