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Hasty Death

An Edwardian Murder Mystery
Beaton, M. C. (eBook - 2007)
Hasty Death
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Eager to seek her independence and become self-supporting, Lady Rose Summer leaves her parents' home to join the working class, but she is forced to put her new life on hold and rejoin London high society when one of her acquaintances turns up dead and Captain Harry Cathcart and Superintendent Kerridge of Scotland Yard enlist her aid to uncover a devious blackmail plot. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave
Eager to join the working classes, Lady Rose Summer has abandoned the comforts of her parents' home to become self-supporting. But life as a working woman isn't quite what Rose had imagined---long hours as a typist and nights spent in a dreary women's hostel are not very empowering when you're poor, cold, and tired. Luckily for Rose, her drudgery comes to a merciful end when she learns of the untimely death of an acquaintance.

Freddy Pomfret, a silly and vacuous young man, was almost certainly up to no good before he was shot dead in his London flat. When Rose discovers incriminating evidence pointing to several members of her class, she returns to London high society in order to investigate properly. With the help of Captain Harry Cathcart and Superintendent Kerridge of Scotland Yard, Rose prepares to do the social rounds---uncovering a devious blackmail plot and an unexpected killer.

Hasty Death
was originally published under the name "M.C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney."


Lady Rose Summer refuses to abide by her parents' insistence that she marry. Even more distressing, she wants to become self-supporting by moving out with her maid Daisy and going to work in trade. On advice from Captain Harry Cathcart-a noble-born private investigator who knows the independent-minded Rose all too well-the Earl and Countess of Hadshire agree to let Rose work as a typist and live in a women's hostel. It isn't long before Rose realizes that life as a working woman isn't quite what she imagined...or before she inadvertently discovers that recently-murdered playboy Freddy Pomfret was a blackmailer. In order to investigate properly, Rose must now return to London high society's glittering, treacherous rounds. And from elegant London townhouses that conceal ugly secrets to a tranquil country estate where danger lurks along every path, she and Harry will follow a trail of deception, rumors, and devious plots-even as a singularly calculating killer prepares to end the rebellious Lady Rose's sleuthing for good.


Authors: Beaton, M. C.
Statement of Responsibility: M. C. Beaton
Title: Hasty death
An Edwardian Murder Mystery
[electronic resource]
Publisher: [S.l.] : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Notes: Electronic book
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] St. Martin's Press 2007 Available via World Wide Web
Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Contributors: 3M Company
3M Cloud Library
ISBN: 9781429902731
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
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