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Murder Has No Class, by Kate Kingsbury, writing as Rebecca Kent. Review.

Updated on June 18, 2015

Three Edwardian Sisters

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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

An innocent young man is convicted of shooting his own dad. He receives the death penalty. Meredith has to find the real killer so that the young man's ghost can stop haunting her at night while she's trying to sleep.
An innocent young man is convicted of shooting his own dad. He receives the death penalty. Meredith has to find the real killer so that the young man's ghost can stop haunting her at night while she's trying to sleep.

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

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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.

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Other Series by Kate Kingsbury (Writing as Kate Kingsbury)

 
Series by Kate Kingsbury 
 
 
Manor House Mysteries 
 
 
Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries 
 
 
Holiday Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries 
 
She also writes the Bellehaven House Mysteries as Rebecca Kent. Bellehaven House is a girls' school in Edwardian England.

Novels by Rebecca Kent

Murder Has No Class (A Bellehaven House Mystery)
Murder Has No Class (A Bellehaven House Mystery)

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.

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