A little sex, murder, and intrigue during the Regency never harmed anyone! When a notorious London courtesan is accused of murdering her rival, the whole city turns their head in interest. The vivacious courtesan sets out to clear her name and find the real killer of her rival. With the help of her sister and her own wits, will the real killer be brought to justice? In "Death and the Courtesan" by Pamela Christie, readers enter the world of a celebrated and glamorous courtesan and solve a mystery.
In "Death and the Courtesan", Arabella Beaumont has it all. She is a celebrated courtesan, a notorious duke is her best client, and she lives a glamorous lifestyle in her fabulous house. Arabella has it all until her rival is found murdered by Arabella's own paper knife. Arabella is accused of murder and set to hang, but with the help of her sister Belinda and a dalliance with a charming, but dangerous newspaper owner, will Arabella discover the truth? Set during the Regency with a mixture of notorious historical figures like the George, the Prince Regent and Arabella's own odd, but loving family and her staff of servants, readers get the opportunity to enter the world of a fun and dynamic courtesan.
"Death and the Courtesan" is half hit and half miss. The character of Arabella is a hit. She's fun, vivacious, and such fun to read about. She is also strong, she doesn't put up with anyone's garbage, is proud of who she is, and determined to clear her name. Arabella is a strong heroine. You'll be rooting for her throughout the novel.
Unfortunately, the novel is written in a strange way where point-of-view changes and you're often confused who is being written about and what is going on. The novel doesn't flow as naturally as it should. It should be from Arabella's point of view from the very beginning without these side moments from other characters.
Also, the novel resolves itself rather quickly. There is no real mystery or intrigue. This could have been a dramatic drawn out case, but it tidies itself up rather nicely and readers are left frustrated or disappointed. There should have been more to this story of a courtesan accused of murdering a rival courtesan.
Readers that are fans of Arabella shouldn't fear though! There is another novel about her coming out in 2014! Get ready for more Arabella!
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