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09 September 2016

Vivian Conroy's A Proposal to Die For (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

Friday 56 (share from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted at Freda's Voice (today 56% on the Kindle app) 
& Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader
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…


I wasn't sure when I first saw this on NetGalley if I was going to request it. After all, how many mystery series do I really need to be reading set in the 1920s? Obviously, more than I was. This is the first of a series of at least three books and I'm already hoping for more! Alkmene has just the right amount of fun and spunk and Jake has just the right amount of hunky gruffness. It's a fairly short read, but has the quality that makes up for the quantity ... and sometimes the shorter books are the perfect books for otherwise potentially dreadful computerless shifts at work. 


  1. I love books set in this time period, so I'm definitely interested in this one. Love the stylish cover and opening paragraph.
    My Friday post features CHESTNUT STREET.

  2. This sounds intriguing and charming. Enjoy!

  3. I can't think of any cozy mysteries I've read set in the 1920's! So count yourself lucky! Love the pairing of murder and seductive in one sentence.... LOL! Hope you will have a good weekend. Here's my Friday Meets: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/09/friday-meets-09-september-2011.html

  4. This does sound like fun. I'll have to look for it myself. This week I am spotlighting Project Elfhome by Wen Spencer - a linked short story collection. Happy reading!

  5. Sounds like a great read. Happy weekend!

  6. What a tease that 56 is and I love the style of writing. I will have to watch the library for this one. Thanks for sharing.