Friday, October 12, 2018

Murder at Archly Manor: High Society Lady Detective Series plus a Giveaway!

Murder at Archly Manor 

(High Society Lady Detective Series)

by Sara Rosett

About the Book

Historical Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (October 15, 2018)
Paperback: 252 pages
ISBN-10: 0998843164
ISBN-13: 978-0998843162
Digital ASIN: B07H2P8J3H
A high-society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she out-class the killer before an innocent person takes the fall?

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancĂ©, Alfred. He burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague.

Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last.

Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett’s series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike. Travel back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with Murder at Archly Manor.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett writes light-hearted escapes for readers who enjoy puzzling mysteries, interesting settings, and quirky characters.  She is the author of the Murder on Location series, the Ellie Avery series, the On the Run series, and the High Society Lady Detective series. Sara also teaches an online course, How to Outline A Cozy Mystery.  Publishers Weekly called Sara's books, “satisfying,” “well-executed,” and “sparkling.” Sara loves to get new stamps in her passport and considers dark chocolate a daily requirement. Find out more at

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My Thoughts

Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett is the first book in the High Society Lady Detective series.  Olive Belgrave has left her family home and struck out on her own to live in London.  She has been unsuccessful at finding a position despite her education.  She gets a desperate telegram from her cousin, Gwen Stone asking her to visit their home, Parkview.  Gwen’s flighty sister, Irene has gotten herself engaged to Alfred Eton.  Violet’s mother, Caroline and Gwen are not fans of the man, and he has provided few details on his background.  Caroline wants to hire a private investigator, but she does not wish to associate with any unsavory types.  Olive volunteers to dig into Alfred’s history and the family insists on paying her.  Sebastian Blakely, society photographer and Alfred’s godfather, is hosting a weekend party which allow Olive to ask subtle questions.  The party is off to roaring start until one of the guests ends up dead and Violet is the prime suspect.  Olive must expose the killer before her cousin is hauled off to the hoosegow.

Murder at Archly Manor gives us a lively main character in Olive.  Her father recently remarried a woman who prefers Olive to be out of the house and keeps pushing her to marry the local curate (he is odious).  Olive was attending college in America until her father lost her college fund on a scheme.  Olive is smart, pretty and fashionable which is the last thing a woman of the house wants in a governess.  I found Murder at Archly Manor easy to read thanks to the authors breezy writing style and steady pacing.  Sara Rosett captured the era with the hairstyles, attitudes, language (slang) and fashions.  I wish the author had provided more background information on Olive and key details on other characters (last names for example).  The murder takes place around the thirty percent mark which I felt was a little late in the story.  There are several suspects, a red herring and good clues to aid readers in solving the whodunit.  Murder at Archly Manor is a light, humorous historical cozy mystery that will transport you back to the roaring 20s.  The next novel in High Society Lady Detective series is Murder at Blackburn Hall.

Murder at Archly Hall can be purchased at AmazonBarnes & Noble,  iBooksKobo, and Google PlayThe author is hosting a giveaway.  You can enter here or use the Rafflecopter form below.  I hope you take the time to visit the other stops on the tour (schedule below) and leave a comment here for an extra entry.  There are character interviews, guest posts and author interviews.  I appreciate you joining me today.  Until next time, take care of yourself and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader


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  1. Thanks for having me on your blog and for the review! :)

  2. Looking forward to this read. Sounds like fun. Love this genre.