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Murder at Archly Manor

High Society Lady Detective, Book 1
Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
Series: High Society Lady Detective, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Summary

A high-society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she outclass the killer before an innocent person takes the fall? 

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job - looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred. 

Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last. 

Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you’ll love USA Today best-selling author Sara Rosett’s series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike.

Travel back to the golden age of detective fiction with Murder at Archly Manor. 

©2018 Sara Rosett (P)2018 Sara Rosett

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An American view of Twenties England

Not a bad story but fed up with the silly mistakes synonymous with an England written in the US. We don’t have sidewalks and an upper class young woman in this era would not have referred to her mother as “Mum”!!

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A good story

But the narration ruined it for me, it was very slow and deliberate. I am certain that with a better narrator it would be far more enjoyable.

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Entertaining mystery

Despite the irritation of the occasional Americanism slipping into the oh-so-English setting, this is an entertaining and enthralling mystery.

I like it enough to have bought the next two books in the series as I was listening to the end of this one.

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  • Elaine
  • 30-11-18

An excellent mystery

Engrossing mystery with a twist at the end. Likable heroine. Great narration by Elizabeth Klett. Looking forward to more by this author.

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  • Beatrice
  • 20-11-18

5 stars

Murder at Archly Manor is exactly what I expect from Sara Rosett. The plot and characters are well developed and engaging. The historical references correct and interesting. I'm hooked on another series and can't wait for the next book.

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  • Claudio
  • 15-04-19

A Clean Mystery

I liked this book. I liked the main character, the narrator, and time period. I think the author did a great job with the little details to make us feel like we're in that time, without it being a history book. I would recommend this.

My only complaint is that I started to feel it was slow. I'm used to murder mysteries with more action, more people killed, or attempts on the detectives lives, etc. This was hours of sifting through clues and detective work, without more murder/action. It was a fun, quick, easy listen though. It's an adult book, but I think it's appropriate for a family to listen to together. No swearing, no sex, no gore, etc.

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  • Jennifer
  • 28-12-18

Disappointing

Narrator may have spoiled the story, hard to separate voice from bad dialogue. The narrator is a good reader - if one was presenting a paper. Very good intonation, but no character voicing. (One good cockney accent, but that was it).
Story concept is intriguing; but not well developed. Didn’t flow, choppy. Never warmed to any of the characters.

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  • Wayne
  • 25-05-19

Excellent, but not as good as the comptition!

There are so many great historical cozy mystery series about women detectives set in the 1920's and 1930's that make entry into this genre difficult. This series is excellent, but it does not come close to matching the quality of such series as Her Royal Spyness, Molly Murphy, or several others.

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  • Vervain
  • 23-12-18

Boring

The story is a bit boring and predictable. In part, I think it's due to the narrator because her narration is at a constant rate instead of the mixed rates that are natural to human conversation. It'd be easy to fall asleep to it. The narrator also isn't very good at making a distinction between the voice of the narrator giving the background info and the actual conversations that are taking place within the book. Books that are sufficiently interesting can overcome such a narrator but this book just can't do it.

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  • alan fay
  • 24-01-19

Tries but no

This is a take off on Her Royal Spyness without the humor, plot development or fabulous narration. I can hardly believe this author is not modeling her heroine after Rhy Bowen’s. But do yourself a favor and skip this series and head on over to Her Royal Spyness. Great fun.

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 28-02-19

Excellent historical mystery

In Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett, Olive Belgrave is busy trying to find a job in London, but in 1923, there are few jobs available for beautiful upper class young ladies. Just as she runs out of ideas, her aunt decides to hire her to investigate the new fiancé of Olive’s cousin, Violet Stone. Alfred Eton, recently arrived from India, where his father had been a nabob, seems suspicious to the Stone family. However, Violet is so taken with him that the family’s only hope to break the engagement seems to be to do a full background check on Alfred. Olive gets herself invited, along with Violet and Alfred, to a weekend party of Bright Young Things at the home of Sebastian, the famous photographer who is Alfred’s godfather.

The night of the party, as the fireworks are being displayed, many of the guests witness a struggle between a man and a woman on a balcony, and Alfred falls to his death. When the police turn their focus on Violet as the potential murderer, Gwen extends Olive’s contract to include investigating Alfred’s death. Her investigation takes her into the party world of the 1920s, with its styles of dancing, dress, and choice of drugs.

This was the first book I’d read by Rosett, and I highly enjoyed Murder at Archly Manor. It seemed to portray the world of the Roaring Twenties with accuracy and fascination. I felt invested in the characters and the plot, which was well planned. There were some great twists to the story as well, keeping me eagerly wanting more.

I enjoyed the audio performance of Elizabeth Klett, who takes us to the era of the 1920s through her use of inflection and pacing, speeding up and slowing down at just the right times to add drama to the book.

Murder at Archly Manor proved to be a fascinating audiobook that I enjoyed plenty. I appreciate historical mysteries, and this is one of the better ones I’ve listened to. I give this five stars.

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  • Preschool/Kindergarten teacher
  • 22-12-18

refreshing!

loved it! I love the extra chapter where the author outlines her research of the 1920's from cultural sayings, about 20 book titles, and that she created a pintrest board of fashions and photos of a famous film star of the day.

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  • Cynthia C. Samuelson
  • 24-03-19

Not Perfect but Great Fun

This was a very charming manor house mystery set in the 1920's, the perfect time period for these sorts of stories. since it is a series it is hoped the reader will get more depth from the protagonist Olive. My only complaint is that while Ms Rosett was doing her research she didn't learn that the British are not hand shakers. That is an American custom, much too personal for the Brits, especially the upper class. A head nod is the appropriate response to an introduction not an outstretched hand. If you watch Downtown Abbey you will notice how very rare a handshake is. Overall Ms Rosett ,especially for an American, wrote a first rate English mystery.

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