Monday, August 21, 2017

Spotlight on the Lady Evelyn Mysteries by Malia Zaidi

Book One: A Poisonous Journey

Publisher: BookBaby
Pub. Date: August 27th, 2015
Pages: 394

The year is 1925, a time that hovers between two catastrophic wars, a time of jazz and sparkle, and a time of peace and reflection. For Lady Evelyn, struggling to outrun the ghosts of her tragic past, it is a time of transformation. Left orphaned after a fire when she was only four, Lady Evelyn Carlisle was raised in London by her stern aunt and uncle. Now, twenty years later she has grown restless and is keen to escape her chaperone's grasp. A letter from her cousin, Briony, living with her husband on Crete, comes at just the right time. Packing what she can, Lady Evelyn makes off for foreign shores. Welcoming her are not only Briony and her husband, Jeffrey, but also his handsome and mysterious friends, Caspar Ballantine and Daniel Harper. Though the latter carries with him tragic memories of the Great War, Evelyn is glad to be in their company. With the sun warming her back and the dazzling sea in her sights, this fresh start seems destined for happy days ahead. Little does she know . . . What starts off as a sunny holiday quickly turns into a sinister nightmare, when Evelyn stumbles across the corpse of one of her cousin's houseguests. Drawn into the mystery surrounding the murder, Evelyn embarks on a mission to discover the truth, forcing her to face her own past as well as a cold-hearted killer. With the help of her cousin, the handsome local police detective, and the mysterious Daniel Harper, will she uncover the truth, before another life is claimed?

Praise for A Poisonous Journey

5 Stars - "Zaidi's plot is marvelous, with lots of red herrings for the reader and Evelyn to consider, and an exhilaratingly lovely setting...A Poisonous Journey is highly recommended." -Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

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Book Two: A Darker Shore

Publisher: BookBaby
Pub. Date: December 13th, 2016
Pages: 446

1926: A year has passed since the events of "A Poisonous Journey" and Lady Evelyn has made a home for herself in Greece, living with her cousin, Briony, her husband, Jeffrey and Daniel Harper. Disturbing this island idyll is a letter, which arrives from France with troubling information about the Daniel’s long-believed-dead brother, Henry. A new journey awaits! With the shadows of the Great War reaching out, Lady Evelyn and Daniel voyage to Amiens in Northern France with the aim of discovering the truth behind the ominous letter. Upon their arrival, they are met not with clarity but rather with crime. Murder, to be precise. Is it linked to their presence in France, or even worse, to Henry himself? Evelyn and Daniel must confront their history as they try to make sense of the present before the killer can strike again, and the secrets of the past are lost forever.

Praise for A Darker Shore


5 Stars – “Lady Evelyn Carlisle is back in another thrilling Lady Evelyn Mystery!... The second book in the Lady Evelyn Mystery series, A Darker Shore by Malia Zaidi is a beautifully written historical novel with light romantic undertones.” – Alyssa Elmore for Readers’ Favorite

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About the Author

Malia Zaidi is the author of A POISONOUS JOURNEY. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, and studied English at Oxford University. Having grown up in Germany, she currently lives in Washington DC, though, through her love of reading, she resides vicariously in countries throughout the world. A POISONOUS JOURNEY and A DARKER SHORE are the first two books in the Lady Evelyn mysteries series. Book three will be published early 2018. You can also find her blogging about - what else?- books at The Princess and the Pen.

You can find out more about Malia on her website and can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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