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eBook The Rival Queens: A Novel of Murder in Eighteenth-Century London epub
  • ISBN: 0060522062
  • Author: Fidelis Morgan
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (November 11, 2003)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • ePUB size: 1799 kb
  • FB2 size 1800 kb
  • Formats lit doc lrf lrf


If you're in the mood for a wildly entertaining historical mystery novel, Fidelis Morgan's latest Countess Ashby de la Zouche/Alpiew adventure should more than satisfy.

If you're in the mood for a wildly entertaining historical mystery novel, Fidelis Morgan's latest Countess Ashby de la Zouche/Alpiew adventure should more than satisfy. The book possesses a really interesting and engrossing storyline, colourful characters, and is written with a great deal of wit, elegance, and humour.

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The Rival Queens book. An unforgettable story of murder and mayhem, The Rival Queens is a wonderfully complex and revealing portrait of London at the dawn of the eighteenth century. Restoration London, 1700  .

She has written nonfiction studies of charismatic female figures from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and contributed to the bestselling Virago anthology Wicked. In her first novel, Unnatural Fire, she combined historical interest with her life-long passion for crime fiction. From Publishers Weekly

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Fidelis Morgan is an actor and an expert in Restoration comedy. Acclaimed for her stage plays, Pamela and Hangover Square, she also collaborated with Lynda la Plante on England's Channel 4's tense pschological thriller Killer Net. She has written nonfiction studies of charismatic female figures from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and contributed to the bestselling Virago anthology Wicked.

A Novel of Murder in Eighteenth-Century London. Published November 11, 2003 by Harper Paperbacks. Those intrepid and impecunious heroines the Countess Ashby de la Zouche and her maidservant Alpiew are once more scavenging for scandal to entertain the readers of that scurrilous rag, the London Trumpet. With the bailiffs as ever in hot pursuit, the Countess and Alpiew are reduced to seeking refuge in a philosophical lecture at the York Buildings concert hall.

The sequel to Fidelis Morgan’s hugely entertaining debut, UNNATURAL FIRE, again featuring the irrepressible Countess Ashby de la Zouche and her stupendously bosomed former maid, Alpiew, on the trail of murder and mayhem. Once again Anastasia Ashby de la Zouche, Baroness Penge, Countess of Clapham, former mistress to Charles II, finds herself embroiled in the darker side of early 18th century London. The Rival Queens is a tale of actresses, syphilis, juvenile delinquency, artifice, hot drinks and murde. ot to mention The Passions and the doings of Samuel Pepys.

London 1699 But scandal takes on some gravitas when the Countess and Alpiew are hired to solve the murder of a popular leading lady

Countess Ashby de la Zouche and her maid, the faithful Alpiew, are dashing around, plying their trade as scandal-mongers. But scandal takes on some gravitas when the Countess and Alpiew are hired to solve the murder of a popular leading lady. And things get yet more serious when they stumble into a mess of corruption with connections to the very furthest reaches of society.

London 1700. The intrepid and impecunious heroines Countess Ashby de la Zouche and her maidservant, Alpiew, are scavenging for scandal for that scurrilous rag, the London Trumpet. With the bailiffs, as ever, in hot pursuit, the Countess and Alpiew escape to a philosophical lecture at the York Building's concert hall. But their dull evening is confounded when one player staggers onto the stage, hands dripping with blood. A doyenne has been decapitated under their very noses!

The unlikely sleuths find an abundance of suspects: players, fanatics, a Punch-and-Judy man -- not to mention a painter with a silver proboscis. They pursue their quarry from the Tower of London to Bedlam, with a brief detour to the wilds of Wapping, uncovering a shocking web of intrigue and corruption extending to the highest echelons of society and the judiciary.

Comments: (5)
Drelalen
If you're in the mood for a wildly entertaining historical mystery novel, Fidelis Morgan's latest Countess Ashby de la Zouche/Alpiew adventure should more than satisfy. The book possesses a really interesting and engrossing storyline, colourful characters, and is written with a great deal of wit, elegance, and humour.
While chasing down what they hope will be the latest society scandal involving the only daughter of a rich City alderman, the Countess and Alpiew, (the 'scandal' column reporters for the "London Trumpet"), make the acquittance of Colley Cibber (a playwright and actor currently working at Drury Lane). Always on the lookout for publicity for himself, Cibber invites the Countess and Alpiew to a lecture on the Passions. And because the Countess is (again) trying to evade the bailiffs for nonpayment of the Poor Rate (and because Alpiew is truly interested in attending the lecture) the ladies accept Cribber's invitation with some alacrity. The lecture, however, turns out to be instructional in a manner in that neither the Countess nor Alpiew anticipated as they are treated to a very public and bitter squabble between two of Drury Lane's leading actresses: the even tempered and universally adored Anne Lucas and the fiery tempered Rebecca Montagu.
But it is the morning following the lecture that turns out to be the really momentous one for both the Countess and Alpiew. First, they are greeted with the grim news that Anne Lucas has been murdered. Secondly, the Countess gets arrested by the bailiffs for nonpayment of the Poor Rate. And finally, Rebecca Montagu turns up at the Countess's doorstep, intent on hiring both the Countess and Alpiew to discover who Anne Lucas's murderer is and to protect her from her more ardent fans (the 'phanatiques'). Desperate for the money so that she can spring the Countess, Alpiew accepts the case with some reluctance, for she cannot rid herself of the feeling that Rebecca Montagu is not to be trusted. Soon, with the Countess at her side, the duo begins what could be their most frustrating of cases as the most obvious suspect in Anne Lucas's murder seems to be their client (Rebecca Montagu), who seems to be playing a deep game of her own, and who seems intent on making a may game of them. The more they dig, the more evidence they come up with that seems to imply Rebecca's guilt. What are they to do? And more importantly, what will it say of their reputations as private inquiry agents if they come up with the evidence that will send their own client to jail for murder?
"The Rival Queens" proved to be a rollicking fun read. The action never let up, and the plot unfolded at a brisk and smooth pace that had me fairly devouring the bok until I reached the last page! The storyline was a totally engrossing one, and there were enough cunning plot twists and red herring suspects to keep most mystery buffs happy. Best of all was Fidelis Morgan's prose style, which turned out to be witty, hilarious (I esp liked the bits where the Countess would purposely misremember Cibber's name, and address him by a fishy name instead) and very graceful. I really enjoy mystery novels that allows me to appreciate the history and the culture of the period, and "The Rival Queens" fulfilled this requirement admirably. Here's to future Countess Ashby de la Zouch & Alpiew mystery novels!
Elizabeth
I love this series, the Countess and Alpiew are pure literary gems. I just wanted to let the readers know that this series is seriously slow in making it to the USA. The third and fourth installments "The Ambitious Stepmother" and "Fortune's Slave," have already been released in Britain! I loved the third book, which takes place mainly in France at the exiled court of King JamesII. Where the Countess and Alpiew have been hired to take a Lady's step-daughter to find a rich husband. It deals with the outbreak of poisionings and sexual intrigues at this deadly court.
I am waiting on the arrival of the fourth book, and can not wait to read it. Fortune's Slave synopsis: "Unlikely as it seems, the Countess finds herself with cash to spare. Unlikelier still, she decides to do something sensible and invest it, caught up in London's new craze for stocks and shares. Overnight fortunes are being made, wealth amassed for nothing in a frenzy of speculation. With these new found riches, anything can be bought; commodities, monkeys....even people! But as the Countess and Alpiew learn, investments can go down as well as up. Helped along by bastions of repectability, bankers and brokers. Soon banking leads to begging, burglary and strange bedfellows!"
So, take my advice and go to Amazon.co.uk if you like this series, and order these two books. So you can catch up on the ribald adventures of these two loveable, bumbling ladies!
Nto
A thoroughly enjoyable mystery filled with bawdy humor, highjinks, silliness, and colorful characters, but alas! - no royalty. The two queens are actually actresses of the London Theatre. When one of them quite literally loses her head, Lady Ashby de la Zouche, a relic of the Restoration Age, and her loyal, quick-thinking maid, Alpiew, are out to solve the crime. I had a few chuckles and cleared off some cobwebs after reading this cozy mystery. A fun read that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Fomand
History, comedy and mystery wrapped in a well-written tale. If you've met Countess Ashby de la Zouche before, you're in for another wonderful ride. If you haven't, you're in luck - you've just found the Holy Grail.
Weetont
in more words: historically accurate (well, as far as i know. she's the restoration actor/writer...), good characters, good plot, never ever ever takes herself or her subject too seriously, great scatalogical detail and a damned fine mystery. i do not often give such accolades and look forward to more such diversions from the entertaining ms. morgan.
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