Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spotlight on Death Sits Down to Dinner (Lady Montfort Mystery # 2) by Tessa Arlen

Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Minotaur Books
Hardcover & Ebook; 320 Pages

Genre: Historical Mystery

Filled with deceptions both real and imagined, Death Sits Down to Dinner is a delightful Edwardian mystery set in London.

Lady Montfort is thrilled to receive an invitation to a dinner party hosted by her close friend Hermione Kingsley, the patroness of England’s largest charity. Hermione has pulled together a select gathering to celebrate Winston Churchill’s 39th birthday. Some of the oldest families in the country have gathered to toast the dangerously ambitious and utterly charming First Lord of the Admiralty. But when the dinner ends, one of the gentlemen remains seated at the table, head down among the walnut shells littering the cloth and a knife between his ribs.

Summoned from Iyntwood, Mrs. Jackson helps her mistress trace the steps of suspects both upstairs and downstairs as Hermione’s household prepares to host a highly anticipated charity event. Determined to get to the bottom of things, Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson unravel the web of secrecy surrounding the bright whirlwind of London society, investigating the rich, well-connected and seeming do-gooders in a race against time to stop the murderer from striking again.

Advanced Praise

“Despite Clementine’s luxurious lifestyle, she’s got a head on her shoulders . . .and is as cagey as she is charming. A neatly crafted whodunit dripping with diamonds, titles and scandal . . .” -Kirkus Reviews

“The close, mutually respectful partnership between Clementine and Edith will remind Dorothy Sayers’s fans of the relationship between Lord Peter Wimsey and Bunter, his manservant. Arlen does a good job of depicting a period when class distinctions have become blurred by new money and more-relaxed manners. The plot, which includes a slew of red herrings, builds to a startling denouement.” -Publisher’s Weekly

“VERDICT Real-life Edwardian personalities abound in this period historical, and the upstairs/downstairs focus delivers a clash of temperaments. This title is bound to appeal to fans of historicals set in this period and of such authors as Rhys Bowen and Ashley Weaver.” -Library Journal

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About the Author

TESSA ARLEN, the daughter of a British diplomat, had lived in or visited her parents in Singapore, Cairo, Berlin, the Persian Gulf, Beijing, Delhi and Warsaw by the time she was sixteen. She came toDEATH OF A DISHONORABLE GENTLEMAN is Tessa’s first novel. She lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
the U.S. in 1980 and worked as an H.R. recruiter for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Olympic Games, where she interviewed her future husband for a job.

For more information please visit Tessa Arlen’s website. Read Tessa Arlen’s blog at Redoubtable Edwardians. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


Death Sits Down to Dinner Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 28

Review at Laura’s Interests
Interview at Books and Benches

Tuesday, March 29

Review at A Book Geek
Interview at Historical Fiction Addicts

Wednesday, March 30

Interview at AustenProse

Thursday, March 31

Review at Buried Under Books
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Friday, April 1

Review at Reading Is My SuperPower

Monday, April 4

Review at Reading the Past
Spotlight at Seize the Words: Books in Review

Tuesday, April 5

Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Wednesday, April 6

Review at Luxury Reading

Thursday, April 7

Review at A Chick Who Reads

Friday, April 8

Review at A Holland Reads

Monday, April 11

Review at The Absurd Book Nerd

Tuesday, April 12

Interview at The Absurd Book Nerd

Wednesday, April 13

Review at Room With Books

Thursday, April 14

Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Friday, April 15

Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, April 18

Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog

Tuesday, April 19

Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Thursday, April 21

Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Friday, April 22

Spotlight at Let Them Read Books

Monday, April 25

Review & Giveaway at Brooke Blogs

Tuesday, April 26

Review at Book Nerd

Wednesday, April 27

Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Friday, April 29

Review at To Read, Or Not to Read
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective


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