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The Detecting Duchess
by Kate Parker
The Detecting Duchess (Victorian Bookshop Mystery)
5th in Series
JDP Press (May 18, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
E-Book ASIN: B071J129MG
The only thing standing between Georgia and her fairy-tale wedding is a murder. Or two.
When a young woman pleads for help from Georgia Fenchurch in locating a missing Crown investigator, Georgia resists. Her wedding is only a week away. Before she can say no, she’s knocked to the ground by an assailant attempting to kill the young woman.
Georgia now feels she must help. She soon finds herself up to her wedding veil in stolen treasure and coded letters. With the Duke of Blackford’s help, Georgia follows a trail of missing men and dead bodies. Every victim had one thing in common – a desire to possess a fortune in gold.
In between the society balls and social calls of late Victorian London, Georgia works on her last case before the big day. Will she stop a ruthless killer in time? Or will Georgia find getting to the altar on time is going to be murder?
Guest Post By The Author
In The Detecting Duchess, Georgia is preparing to change her life completely. Instead of her involvement in the Archivist Society solving mysteries and in running her bookstore, her primary task will now be to fulfill the role of Duchess of Blackford.
She’s seen how everyone is cosseting Emma now that she is with child. As a duchess, her first duty is to provide an heir. She knows she won’t be able to investigate crime once she becomes pregnant. That part of her life will end from the moment she discovers she’s expecting until the heir is safely delivered. And for many years, investigating crime has been a central part of her life.
She’s been practicing for her new way of life, making social calls and attending parties and suppers, and has seen the expectations the aristocracy has for her behavior. She can’t chase criminals or rush around London questioning suspects. The people of her new class would shun her, and some of them are already looking for an excuse to do so.
When the young lady finds her at Fenchurch’s Books and begs her to help find a missing man, Georgia is reluctant. She’s been told in big ways and small that she has to stop investigating. But fate intervenes, and Georgia finds this one last case exhilarating. She jumps in, enjoying the freedom as she dashes around London.
Soon she’ll have to take on the duties of her new life. If fate doesn’t intervene again and keep her from the altar…permanently.
Kate Parker grew up reading her mother’s collection of mystery books by Christie, Sayers, and others. Now she can’t write a story without someone being murdered, and everyday items are studied for their lethal potential. It’s taken her years to convince her husband that she hasn’t poisoned dinner; that funny taste is because she just can’t cook. The five books in her Victorian Bookshop Mystery series are currently available, as are the first two books in her Deadly series. She may be found at www.KateParkerbooks.com and www.Facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker/
Kate began reading Agatha Christie mysteries and the Nancy Drew books while her classmates were reading Dick and Jane. She particularly likes historical mysteries and the feeling of time travel a good historical book can give the reader. Combined with her love of late Victorian to World War II architecture and fashions, she found an outlet for the stories and characters that fill her head by writing The Victorian Bookshop Mysteries and The Deadly series, as well as taking part in the Christmas Revels anthologies.
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