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by Fidelis Morgan

eBook The Rival Queens download ISBN: 0002326965
Author: Fidelis Morgan
Publisher: Collins Crime; First Edition edition (2001)
Language: English
Pages: 384
ePub: 1302 kb
Fb2: 1827 kb
Rating: 4.7
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery

The Rival Queens: A Novel. has been added to your Cart. If you're in the mood for a wildly entertaining historical mystery novel, Fidelis Morgan's latest Countess Ashby de la Zouche/Alpiew adventure should more than satisfy.

The Rival Queens: A Novel. The book possesses a really interesting and engrossing storyline, colourful characters, and is written with a great deal of wit, elegance, and humour.

Fidelis Morgan (born 8 August 1952) is an English actress and writer. She has acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, in repertory in various British cities and in the West End transfer of Noël Coward's The Vortex

Fidelis Morgan (born 8 August 1952) is an English actress and writer. She has acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, in repertory in various British cities and in the West End transfer of Noël Coward's The Vortex. She has written stage plays based on the novels Pamela and Hangover Square.

The second book in the Countess Ashby de la Zouche mysteries. Nominated for the FUNNIEST BOOK OF THE YEAR Lefty Award at Left Coast Crime 2003. Those intrepid and impecunious heroines the Countess Ashby de la Zouche and her maidservant Alpiew are once more scavenging for scandal to entertain the readers of that scurrilous rag, the London Trumpet. With the bailiffs as ever in hot pursuit, the Countess and Alpiew are reduced to seeking refuge in a philosophical lecture at the York Buildings concert hall.

The Rival Queens book. The intrepid and impecunious heroines Countess Ashby. She has published many influential non-fiction works, mainly about the sevent Actor, writer, director and historian, Fidelis Morgan is the author of a series of mystery novels featuring the Countess Ashby dela Zouche and a cast of outrageous characters. The books have been described as ‘A 17th century Armistead Maupin’, ‘Flashman for Girls’ ‘A bawdy PG Wodehouse’ and ‘Cagney and Lacey in Corsets.

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This book is the second Countess de la Zouche novel - the first being Unnatural Fire. Set in 1699 it tells of how the eccentric Countess and her maid become entangled in a brutal murder

This book is the second Countess de la Zouche novel - the first being Unnatural Fire. Set in 1699 it tells of how the eccentric Countess and her maid become entangled in a brutal murder. The author cleverly blends a wide variety of characters, including a salty sea dog and an ageing Samuel Pepys to create a cracking good read full of surprises. Find similar books Profile. There were more chunks of make-up in her cleavage and sprinkled around the floor than there could possibly be on her face. Unnatural Fire by Fidelis Morgan. Three Hands in a Fountain by Lindsay Davis.

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The Rival Queens is a tale of actresses, syphilis, juvenile delinquency . Fidelis Morgan writes just the sort of story I love, full of sensuous details that make history come alive. Books related to The Rival Queens.

The Rival Queens is a tale of actresses, syphilis, juvenile delinquency, artifice, hot drinks and murde. ot to mention The Passions and the doings of Samuel Pepys. Restoration comedy and action, artifice, gunpowder and Samuel Pepys a perfect historical menu of crime and mystery, with the bonus of laughs aplenty. I can't wait to read her next on. Tess Gerritsen.

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Capella
If you're in the mood for a wildly entertaining historical mystery novel, Fidelis Morgan's latest Countess Ashby de la Zouche/Alpiew adventure should more than satisfy. The book possesses a really interesting and engrossing storyline, colourful characters, and is written with a great deal of wit, elegance, and humour.
While chasing down what they hope will be the latest society scandal involving the only daughter of a rich City alderman, the Countess and Alpiew, (the 'scandal' column reporters for the "London Trumpet"), make the acquittance of Colley Cibber (a playwright and actor currently working at Drury Lane). Always on the lookout for publicity for himself, Cibber invites the Countess and Alpiew to a lecture on the Passions. And because the Countess is (again) trying to evade the bailiffs for nonpayment of the Poor Rate (and because Alpiew is truly interested in attending the lecture) the ladies accept Cribber's invitation with some alacrity. The lecture, however, turns out to be instructional in a manner in that neither the Countess nor Alpiew anticipated as they are treated to a very public and bitter squabble between two of Drury Lane's leading actresses: the even tempered and universally adored Anne Lucas and the fiery tempered Rebecca Montagu.
But it is the morning following the lecture that turns out to be the really momentous one for both the Countess and Alpiew. First, they are greeted with the grim news that Anne Lucas has been murdered. Secondly, the Countess gets arrested by the bailiffs for nonpayment of the Poor Rate. And finally, Rebecca Montagu turns up at the Countess's doorstep, intent on hiring both the Countess and Alpiew to discover who Anne Lucas's murderer is and to protect her from her more ardent fans (the 'phanatiques'). Desperate for the money so that she can spring the Countess, Alpiew accepts the case with some reluctance, for she cannot rid herself of the feeling that Rebecca Montagu is not to be trusted. Soon, with the Countess at her side, the duo begins what could be their most frustrating of cases as the most obvious suspect in Anne Lucas's murder seems to be their client (Rebecca Montagu), who seems to be playing a deep game of her own, and who seems intent on making a may game of them. The more they dig, the more evidence they come up with that seems to imply Rebecca's guilt. What are they to do? And more importantly, what will it say of their reputations as private inquiry agents if they come up with the evidence that will send their own client to jail for murder?
"The Rival Queens" proved to be a rollicking fun read. The action never let up, and the plot unfolded at a brisk and smooth pace that had me fairly devouring the bok until I reached the last page! The storyline was a totally engrossing one, and there were enough cunning plot twists and red herring suspects to keep most mystery buffs happy. Best of all was Fidelis Morgan's prose style, which turned out to be witty, hilarious (I esp liked the bits where the Countess would purposely misremember Cibber's name, and address him by a fishy name instead) and very graceful. I really enjoy mystery novels that allows me to appreciate the history and the culture of the period, and "The Rival Queens" fulfilled this requirement admirably. Here's to future Countess Ashby de la Zouch & Alpiew mystery novels!
Gogal
I love this series, the Countess and Alpiew are pure literary gems. I just wanted to let the readers know that this series is seriously slow in making it to the USA. The third and fourth installments "The Ambitious Stepmother" and "Fortune's Slave," have already been released in Britain! I loved the third book, which takes place mainly in France at the exiled court of King JamesII. Where the Countess and Alpiew have been hired to take a Lady's step-daughter to find a rich husband. It deals with the outbreak of poisionings and sexual intrigues at this deadly court.
I am waiting on the arrival of the fourth book, and can not wait to read it. Fortune's Slave synopsis: "Unlikely as it seems, the Countess finds herself with cash to spare. Unlikelier still, she decides to do something sensible and invest it, caught up in London's new craze for stocks and shares. Overnight fortunes are being made, wealth amassed for nothing in a frenzy of speculation. With these new found riches, anything can be bought; commodities, monkeys....even people! But as the Countess and Alpiew learn, investments can go down as well as up. Helped along by bastions of repectability, bankers and brokers. Soon banking leads to begging, burglary and strange bedfellows!"
So, take my advice and go to Amazon.co.uk if you like this series, and order these two books. So you can catch up on the ribald adventures of these two loveable, bumbling ladies!
Ceroelyu
A thoroughly enjoyable mystery filled with bawdy humor, highjinks, silliness, and colorful characters, but alas! - no royalty. The two queens are actually actresses of the London Theatre. When one of them quite literally loses her head, Lady Ashby de la Zouche, a relic of the Restoration Age, and her loyal, quick-thinking maid, Alpiew, are out to solve the crime. I had a few chuckles and cleared off some cobwebs after reading this cozy mystery. A fun read that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Ese
History, comedy and mystery wrapped in a well-written tale. If you've met Countess Ashby de la Zouche before, you're in for another wonderful ride. If you haven't, you're in luck - you've just found the Holy Grail.
Nuadabandis
in more words: historically accurate (well, as far as i know. she's the restoration actor/writer...), good characters, good plot, never ever ever takes herself or her subject too seriously, great scatalogical detail and a damned fine mystery. i do not often give such accolades and look forward to more such diversions from the entertaining ms. morgan.