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Kate Ardleigh Is Not A Victorian Lady Outspoken, Egalitarian, American, And A Writer Of Penny Dreadfuls Aunt Sabrina Invites Her To Essex England, For Help With The Order Of The New Dawn Aunt Jagger Beats The Servants To Suicide, And Someone Feeds Her Death Mushrooms Next Door, Sir Charles Photographs A Fresh Body In An Archaeological Dig, And Seeks His Killer


10 thoughts on “Death at Bishop's Keep

  1. says:

    Recently re read this series of historical mysteries and once again was quite taken with the main character, Kate, an independent woman living in Victorian England The earlier books are my favories, with Kate squarely in the spotlight and our other hero, Charles a man whose interest in science and photography give him a great edge in investigating crime scenes playing a secondary role Later in the series, Charles role grows and Kate s seems to fade a bit While each book is enjoyable on its own, my favorites are those that focus on Kate s determination, independence, and refusal to conform to social s.


  2. says:

    To me these are than a cozy mystery The husband and wife team that write under the pseudonym of Robin Paige put a great deal of research into each of these Each centers on a different historical person or event and they do not scrimp on these details That is what them so endearing and comfortable.You may ask why only a three stars rating I wanted to leave room for the others in the series Also in this first entry they had to set up the backgrounds of the two main characters Although necessary, that did slow things down at times.


  3. says:

    Cozy Victorian mystery series, book 1 Kate, an American ends up with her two aunts in England in an awkward position of half Servant, half family member She is unperturbed, however, because all she wants is to gather material for the penny shockers she writes Suddenly, she has a lot material than she bargained for Thought this was entertaining and a great escape read


  4. says:

    This was fun I debated a bit between three and four stars, but in the end I rounded up.For two reasons, I was sold on the characters, and this is how I like my convention flouting.Seriously, it s kind of great Our heroine has modern attitudes, but for reasons that make complete sense given her background, upbringing and personality She s American, and only goes to England because a long lost aunt offers her a post as a secretary there She wasn t born into the upper classes and has always had to support herself She also doesn t have the unbelievably irritating trait so often associated with convention flouting of hating every single convention in her society She seems to have been invited to a ball at the end of this one, and has happily agreed to dance at it Basically, she s inquisitive, puts herself forward, is interested in a variety of subjects, wears sensible clothes, and believes that her opinion shouldn t just be disregarded because she s a woman Also she likes adventures The balance works is all I m saying.Also, I really like the dynamic between her and the love interest, Sir Charles, who sort of gets sucked into a murder investigation because he needs things to occupy his mind Our heroine gets sucked in because she s hoping for material for plots for the penny dreadfuls she writes And I like their two friends from next door s manor.I also really like most of the supporting cast Stand outs are one of her two aunts, the household staff, and the vicar.Oh, also, there s a fair bit of literary meta There s a chapter that is essentially Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and W.B Yeats walk into a spiritualist meeting, which sounds like the first line of a joke, but maybe also sort of works On the other hand, it s not perfect The start is problematic, and slow I actually started this a while ago, but got about eight pages in In fact, if I hadn t picked it up again yesterday, it probably would have gone back to the library unfinished This takes a bit to get going, is all I m saying.Secondly, one aunt is absolutely terrible She s the kind of character I hate because she s so very terrible, but to no purpose Like I get that your life didn t got he way you wanted it to, but you could have a comfortable home, if you were just the slightest bit reasonable I get that awful, bitter, people, exist But I don t know it felt extreme here.Secondly, I m not sure how I feel about view spoiler both aunts conveniently being murdered two thirds of the way through Conveniently, because obviously the main character inherits everything Also, I liked one of the aunts And lastly, it doesn t leave a heck of a lot of time for crime solving, beyond just having Kate look at the pictures and go, Ah I know what happened To be fair, there was another seemingly unconnected murder earlier, but still hide spoiler


  5. says:

    I ve said before that I think the first book in a detective series has a very tough job to do It s got to establish character and history, it s got to set out the author s logical credentials as a mystery writer, there needs to be Atmosphere, and these days it also needs to set up some form of romance developing relationship that is both developed enough to be satisfying, and tentative enough to draw readers into the next installment Whew So perhaps it s no wonder that most don t quite pull it off And I don t think DaBK does either It does a lot of things right, though the period late Victorian England , Kate s American and independent background the writing style The development of the story and the relationship are a little on the slow side for me, but I will be looking out for the next in the series.


  6. says:

    A female, penny dreadful story writer in the late 19th century heading for the 20th with a good attitude about women s intelligence and rights Good character, smooth writing style, and interesting information I especially like the way the character paid close attention to what was going on around her as research for her stories And it looks like a long series Will it hold my attention Well, she goes off to England and comes into money That may take away from the spunky, hard working writer with attitude she starts out as We ll see.


  7. says:

    A thoroughly enjoyable read Well written and fast paced with two very likable lead characters in Kathyrn Ardleigh and Sir Charles Sheridan.I really liked the fact that I was actually stumped as who the guilty party was right up until the revelation was made.There s 12 books in this series, if the remaining 11 are as charming as this one, I cannot wait to begin reading them.


  8. says:

    Robin Paige is the pseudonym of husband and wife writing team Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert This is the fourth novel in the victorian england series they co write.I really like Wittig Albert s Beatrice Potter Series and someone at Murder By the Book suggested this series to me It is the first one I have read and I will be reading others Kate Ardleigh is an American who writes She is trying to eke out a living to do what makes her happy and to be independent She thinks she is above typical romance and pursues a meaningful life Out of the blue she finds she has family in England She is invited to come as a secretary to her aunt Seeking an adventure and curious about family she goes.Not only does she meet her aunt, she meets two aunts The good aunt and the evil aunt She also meets Sir Charles Sheridan who is, of course, her male counterpart She also walks into a murder and a conspiracy.The book is well written even if you could guess what is coming next If you are looking for a good read in the mystery genre this would be one.


  9. says:

    Well, this was a pleasant read I was a bit wary of the information dumping at the beginning of the book which continues during the whole thing by the way , but the mystery is sufficiently satisfyingly written to forget what is less artfully done I ll surely be reading the next book in the series.


  10. says:

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.Death at Bishop s Keep follows mostly two characters the first one being Kathryn Ardleigh, a thoroughly modern and independent American lady, and the second being Sir Charles, an English gentleman with an interest in well, all kinds of things, from murders to mushrooms It opens with Kathryn, though, as she s offered a job with her heretofore unknown British aunt, and travels across to England in order to become her secretary She quickly finds that though the situation sounds ideal with a generous salary she has two aunts, one of whom is repressive and cruel, and plans to treat her like a servant instead of as family All is not well in the household, as it s clear that her Aunt Jaggers has some kind of hold over her Aunt Sabrina, and disapproves of the work Sabrina has employed Kathryn to do.Meanwhile, Sir Charles finds himself investigating a murder, since the local police seem unlikely to do anything about it Between that and neighbourly visits, he finds himself thrown into Kathryn s company a lot They don t quite investigate together, but their paths keep crossing, and when Kathryn s aunts both die violently of poisoning, Charles finds himself eager to help Kathryn discover exactly what happened.The best thing about the book is the possibly too anachronistic Kathryn, who also happens to be a writer of lurid short stories which is her motivation for getting involved in any trouble or intriguing situation she can she mines it for her books The writing is mostly workmanlike rather than particularly exciting, and the solution to the mystery was pretty obvious from the moment a certain plot element was introduced.Nonetheless, it was a fun enough read though not one where I m eager to read the rest of the series Part of that is because I m told Sir Charles becomes the main character to a greater degree, and part of it is that there was just something fairly pedestrian about this in the end Kate s an interesting character, but not in the same way as my other favourite mystery heroines If the other books are on Kindle Unlimited, I might pick them up sometime, but I m not in a hurry.