The Rival Queens

The Rival Queens London 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

  • Title: The Rival Queens
  • Author: Fidelis Morgan
  • ISBN: 9780060522063
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 staLondon 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.

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    1. This was a reread for me, and I enjoyed it every bit as much second time around, and I think even more because I recently re-read Unnatural Fire. What is not to like about Countess Ashby de la Zouche and her maid Alpiew? They are haphazard sleuths, who fall into a solution rather than deduce it. They are a very odd and endearing pair, and in a bawdy, vicious world, surprisingly naïve. The live in a house that is falling apart, as is the Countess herself, but they live by their own rules and tho [...]

    2. set in 17C London . Murder mystery , quite entertaining but very light . Some interesting historical details .

    3. The gentle cover really makes me laugh because the book is anything but gentle. So! This is the second installment in the Countess Ashby de la Zouche mysteries series. We're in the company of our old friends the Countess and her former maid Alpiew for another adventure in Restoration England. First things first - this book wasn't as good as Unnatural Fire, the first book of the series, perhaps because the first book is funnier and the whole introduction makes it so we have to get accustomed to a [...]

    4. Definitely not as good as #1 but then the "getting to know you" stage is always more interesting I feel. This one was a bit harder to follow- more characters and a more complex plot. Some plot pieces seemed to come out of left field. A pretty good sense of the period but somehow less vivid than in the first. I enjoy the humor in these especially the ironic aside where Ashby disses Pepys for his silly diary that will surely come to nothing- what could he possibly write about?

    5. An interesting light read. When I picked this up, I didn't realize it was a mystery or that it was the second in a series--yes, I just judged the book by its cover. But it kept me entertained and even guessing a bit over whodunit. It takes place in London in 1699, and the author made a point of dropping in little trivia about the time period to add to the atmosphere. Good for a plane or before-bed reading.

    6. The characters of Alpiew and the Countess were much consistent. The thing I love best about this series is the age of the characters. Alpiew is in her forties, the Countess is in her sixties and Godrey is just old. It's good to see that the thirst for adventure doesn't end after twenty and that hardships occur to everyday people, even in books.

    7. As the stars say, 80 pages in and it was OK, just not what I wanted to read at the moment, so abandoned, for now at least. Hadn't read the previous one (it is the 2nd in a series) but that wasn't a problem.

    8. I found this to be an enjoyable read about two unexpected detective types - an eccentric old countess and her maid. The timeframe was fun to read about as well - London at the start of the 1700s.

    9. No queens here. Too many repetitions of the word Countess on every single page and others; poor writing. Trifling dialogue. ugh.

    10. I just couldn't get into this historical mystery, even though it was recommended by my wife. Just one of those things. The historical color was excellent (and disgusting).

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