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Title:
The firebird's feather
Author:
Eccles, Marjorie, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First world edition.
Publication Information:
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
Physical Description:
219 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
London, May, 1911. The new king, George V, is preparing for his coronation. The suffragettes are campaigning for women to get the vote. The East End seethes with unrest. And 18-year-old Kitty Challoner is looking forward to 'coming out' in London society. But Kitty's secure, sheltered world is about to be torn apart. Lydia Challoner is shot dead while out riding in Hyde Park, and during the ensuing murder investigation Kitty discovers that there was so much she didn't know about her mother. Was Lydia really the killer's intended target? Is there a link to her Russian heritage? Why had she been behaving so strangely in recent weeks? Was she having an affair? As Kitty determines to uncover the truth and wonders exactly who she can trust, she learns that the household in which she lives harbours a number of dangerous secrets.
General Note:
A late-Edwardian mystery--from cover page.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727884268
Format :
Book

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A young woman investigates the murder of her mother in this absorbing historical mystery

London, May, 1911. The new king, George V, is preparing for his coronation. The suffragettes are campaigning for women to get the vote. The East End seethes with unrest. And 18-year-old Kitty Challoner is looking forward to 'coming out' in London society.

But Kitty's secure, sheltered world is about to be torn apart. Lydia Challoner is shot dead while out riding in Hyde Park, and during the ensuing murder investigation Kitty discovers that there was so much she didn't know about her mother. Was Lydia really the killer's intended target? Is there a link to her Russian heritage? Why had she been behaving so strangely in recent weeks? Was she having an affair?

As Kitty determines to uncover the truth and wonders exactly whom she can trust, she learns that the household in which she lives harbours a number of dangerous secrets.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

London, 1911. King George V is about to be crowned, and women are demanding the vote. But none of this really touches the wealthy Challoner family, especially 18-year-old Kitty, who is about to be introduced to London society. Then comes the horrifying news that Kitty's beloved mother, Lydia, has been shot while horseback riding in Hyde Park. Everyone loved Lydia, so was her death just a tragic accident? Or is there something more sinister going on? The police struggle to come up with leads, but they focus on the fact that Lydia's father was Russian, suggesting a possible link to London's many Russian dissidents. Once the shock begins to recede, Kitty determines that she will find out what caused her mother's death. With the help of Marcus Villiers, the young man who was with Lydia when she died, Kitty soon begins to unravel dark secrets from her mother's past. Solid writing, an engaging heroine, authentic period ambience, and some unexpected twists make this an entertaining and satisfying read for all historical-mystery buffs.--Melton, Emily Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Like Downton Abbey, this fun, well-crafted standalone by British author Eccles (A Dangerous Deceit) sets a wealthy family in a world of social change. In the summer of 1911, London faces a new monarch, suffrage demonstrations, and violent political activism. Eighteen-year-old Kitty Challoner is preparing for her introduction to London society when her Russian-born mother, Lydia, is fatally shot while horseback riding in Hyde Park. As Kitty grieves, she discovers that her father's gun is missing, a precious icon has vanished, and a sketch of a wolf has mysteriously appeared in the lacquer box, decorated with a firebird, which her mother cherished. Lydia's conflicts with suffragette leaders, close relationship with a handsome younger man, and possible support for London's anarchist underground give the police ample leads. As Lydia's hidden life is revealed, Kitty comes of age in a sobering but satisfying fashion. Well-drawn characters, inventive plotting, and a touch of romance distinguish this lively historical. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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