Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Murder Has No Class - 3rd in the Bellehaven House Mystery series
Author: Rebecca Kent
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: January 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Historical Mystery
Year/Setting: Edwardian Period, English Cotswolds
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Rebecca's Website/Blog: www.doreenrobertshight.com/id4.html
A charming heroine, and an appealing setting. The heroine is Meredith Llewellyn, the headmistress a Bellehaven Finishing School for young ladies in the English Cotswolds. The rich send their daughters to this school to learn refinement and be able to run their own homes someday with grace and beauty. Also, where the headmistress can turn the worst tomboy into a lady. It's where elegance and gentility reside and also becomes the scene of a murder.
The headmistress's assistant, Roger Platt, is behaving badly around some of the young ladies and the maids in the kitchen and throughout the school are getting ready to revolt by planning a small riot to support and join the suffragettes. Some of the young men from a darts championship are trying to attract the attention of her girls, but the thing that is keeping Meredith on edge is the presence of a ghost. Lord James Stalham has come back to claim his innocence in the killing of his father - although Lord James has already been hanged for the offense. The ghost, wants to clear his name and is haunting Meredith to acquire her help. She really needs her rest so she tries to find out the truth and proceeds to uncover a scandal that's extremely complicated.
This is a very well-written mystery and really a good read for those who like their mysteries on the lighter side of crime. Meredith is very bright and the ghost adds an interesting touch to the story. The author is a great cozy mystery writer. Enjoy!!!
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