Murder Has No Class, by Kate Kingsbury, writing as Rebecca Kent. Review.
Three Edwardian Sisters
Review of Murder Has No Class, by Kate Kingsbury writing as Rebecca Kent
This book is great fun.
It’s a historical mystery set in Edwardian England.
There’s a ghost of an unjustly convicted man who was hanged for allegedly murdering his own father. I'm not sure if it qualifies as a "cozy" since the convicted man was executed for shooting his own dad. Cozies aren't supposed to have blood, or guns, although that rule perhaps no longer applies strictly.
The ghost of this young man visits headmistress Meredith Llewellyn during the night, while she's trying to sleep, asking her to find the real murderer. She realizes she will be sleep-deprived until she solves the murder.
An Entertaining Historical Mystery
Authentic History or Not ~~ Still Entertaining
I should call it "pseudo-historical" instead of historical. I'm not sure how authentic the history is here. I can forgive that in a nice, light-hearted little mystery like this.
The amateur detective in this series, Meredith Llewellyn, is the headmistress of a girls’ school in the Cotswolds --- Bellehaven Finishing School.
Two of the maids who work at the school join with some suffragettes on a Saturday afternoon. They plan to demonstrate for women's suffrage by smashing up the local pub. When they get there, they meet with some guys from a college who were there for a dart tournament.They guys think the girls are cute, and vice versa.
From an Archival Postcard for Sale on Antiques and Teacups
Vote Up or Down, or Not at All if You Are a Woman
Nobody ever found out their original intention had been to demonstrate on behalf of women's suffrage.
All the better --- it turns out --- because they would have been in even bigger trouble for political activities.
At the end, when the culprit finally gets caught, it kind of tears your heartstrings.
Bring Back that Cozy Feeling
Perhaps you might want to read my Hub entitled, "What is a Cozy Mystery?" --- here on Hubpages --- if you haven't already.
One Hundred Years Toward Suffrage: An Overview, Compiled by Susan E. Barber
- Votes for Women: Timeline
An excellent page from the Library of Congress' American Memory - Votes for Women - A Selection from the National American Woman's Suffrage Association Collection.
A Web Page About Edwardian Fashions - Part of a Website With Commentary and Instructions on Fashions in History
- La Belle Epoque 1890-1914 Fashion History. Edwardian Era
This is the Edwardian era page of an excellent website. This page is part of an intelligent, richly detailed, practical, well-written website about the history of women's fashion.
Other Series by Kate Kingsbury (Writing as Kate Kingsbury)
Series by Kate Kingsbury
Manor House Mysteries
Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries
Holiday Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries
Novels by Rebecca Kent
This book is reviewed in the hub. I thought it was charming and suspenseful. I liked the characters. especially the headmistress --- who is the main character, and the amateur sleuth, as well as unwilling medium.
This book is the third of three in the Bellehaven House Mysteries. For some reason, the author stopped writing them. She does have two other series --- Pennyfoot Hotel and Manor House. I'll have to try those. It looks like they're just as good.
Goodbye to Bellehaven
Unfortunately, this is the last of three in this series. On the “Acknowledgements” page, the author writes: “Sadly, this is the final book in the series. I enjoyed writing about the adventures of Meredith, Felicity and Essie, and I shall miss them.”
But this author does have two other series, under her regular name, Kate Kingsbury. Fortunately, Manor House Mysteries, the Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries and the Holiday Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries have some characters that are similar to the characters in the Bellehaven Manor series.