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The bloodied cravat
Stevens, Rosemary.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, [2002]

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x, 291 pages ; 22 cm
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The third in this dashing mystery series finds the arbiter of fashion attending the Duchess of York's birthday celebration. But when one of the guests is found murdered-with one of the Duchess' hair ornaments stuck in his throat-Beau must clear her name by deducing the identity of the culprit. "[Stevens'] mastery of the language and knowledge of the conventions and morals of the British aristocracy allow her story to ring true. With a cast of enjoyable characters, both real and fictional, and a string of red herrings, hidden motives and plot twists as intricate as a well-tied cravat, this story will delight both historical mystery and Regency fans." (Publishers Weekly)

Author Notes

Rosemary Stevens lives outside Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and two children. She has published several novels set in Regency England. She is also the author of Death on a Silver Tray , the first Beau Brummell mystery.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Dandy and amateur sleuth Beau Brummell continues to charm in this third whodunit (after 2001's The Tainted Snuff Box) from Agatha Award winner Stevens. Renowned for his sartorial splendor and elegance, Brummell has come to Oatlands, the country home of the Duke and Duchess of York, to be with Frederica, the duchess, as she celebrates her birthday while her husband is off with his mistress. When a highwayman robs Robinson, his valet, en route to Oatlands, Brummell isn't as concerned about his lost clothes as he is about his stolen blue-velvet-covered scrapbook, which contains a letter from Frederica that if made public could cause a royal scandal and Brummell's social downfall. After the universally disliked Marquess of Kendrick threatens blackmail and is subsequently murdered, Frederica calls in Mr. Lavender of Bow Street. As the investigation progresses and the murders mount, the author expertly uses red herrings to keep Brummell and the reader guessing. A multitude of authentic historical figures add to the fun in this vivid portrait of Regency England. Stevens deftly captures the magnificence of the wealthy's country estates and the glittering atmosphere of London at the height of the social season. Combined with a witty, suave and romantic Brummell, who unravels the mystery as meticulously as he dresses, this is sure to appeal to a wide variety of fans. (May 7) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved