Lady Alkmene Callender has always loved grand parties, but when she receives an invitation to a masked ball thrown by Franklin Hargrove – oil magnate, aviation enthusiast and father of her best friend, Denise – she’s never seen such luxury. The estate is lit up with Chinese lanterns in the gardens, boats operated by footmen float across the pond and the guest list features the distinguished, rich and powerful!
But below the glamour, evil is lurking. When a dead body is discovered, it forces Lady Alkmene to throw off her mask and attempt to find the true killer before Denise’s family are accused. If only her partner, Jake Dubois, weren’t hiding something from her…
This case might just be more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.
Well-scripted .. a really fine mystery!
I looked forward, with expectation, to Fatal Masquerade and I was not disappointed. With each novel I read by Vivian Conroy, the feeling that she is a natural successor to Agatha Christie increases – she scripts a really fine mystery!
This time round Lady Alkmene finds herself as a guest at a house party which includes a masked ball, a dead body and no shortage of suspects and intrigue. This is a really fun read, as well as giving the brain a good workout. With Lady Alkmene, it’s never who you first think who committed the dastardly deed and the events keep you on your toes and keeps your wits sharp. This author plots well, and it’s all wrapped up despite the red herrings which are slipped in.
As always, I have no sooner began reading that I find myself at the concluding page and whilst this current case is solved in it’s entirety there is a natural link to book five and I cannot wait to find out who has been behind the long running mystery threaded through all the books so far. This series is a cut above the usual cosy mystery and one which I’m more than happy to recommend to lovers of the genre.
I received an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: cosy mystery
Published by HQ Digital on 4th October 2017
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