Snobbery With Violence

Snobbery With Violence When a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful if rebellious Lady Rose Summer her father wants to know if her suitor s intentions are honorable He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart the im

  • Title: Snobbery With Violence
  • Author: Marion Chesney
  • ISBN: 9780312997168
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful if rebellious Lady Rose Summer, her father wants to know if her suitor s intentions are honorable He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart, the impoverished younger son of a baron, to do some intelligence work on the would be fiancee, Sir Geoffrey Blandon.After his success in uncovering Geoffrey s dishonorable moWhen a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful if rebellious Lady Rose Summer, her father wants to know if her suitor s intentions are honorable He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart, the impoverished younger son of a baron, to do some intelligence work on the would be fiancee, Sir Geoffrey Blandon.After his success in uncovering Geoffrey s dishonorable motives, Harry fashions a career out of fixing things for wealthy aristocrats So when the Marquess of Hedley finds one of his guests dead at a lavish house party, he knows just the man to call.But when Harry is caught between his client s desire for discretion and his suspicion that murder may indeed have been committed, he enlists the help of Superintendent Kerridge of the Scotland Yard and Lady Rose, also a guest at Lord Hedley s.Set in the Edwardian world of parties, servants, and scandal, Snobbery with Violence is a delightful combination of murderous intrigue and high society.

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    1. An average mystery set during the Edwardian era, this book left me cold. The writing was clean but primitive, and the characters only sketched out. Nobody is alive in the novel, and I didn’t care for anyone there. What the author does show is a huge class divide. It is gaping wide open, and the police is only free to do their jobs if the lower classes are involved. Murder is committed at a house party of a marquis, but nobody from the upper class could have done it. Aristocracy don’t commit [...]

    2. This was okay. The mystery was solid, but everything around it felt a little haphazard. Lady Rose is an outspoken, intelligent young woman who is ahead of her time (which is the Edwardian era). Captain Harry Cathcart is a young man invalided out of the army and at loose ends. When Rose's father is concerned about her suitor, he hires Harry to investigate. Harry unearths a scandal, which, although completely the fault of the cad courting Rose, makes Rose unmarriageable. Rose resents Harry; Harry [...]

    3. I wasn’t a fan of M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series at all, so I was quite prepared to dislike Snobbery With Violence intensely. That might have been better for my TBR list, but it turned out that Snobbery With Violence hits the spot for me. It’s not Sayers, of course; it’s lacking in that incisiveness and depth of characters. But it is a fun quick read with characters you can more or less get along with: sometimes Rose is too spoilt, and Harry Cathcart too… blandly typical. I actuall [...]

    4. After reading so many TSTL female heroines in YA fiction lately, I decided it was time for a change of pace. A nice, cozy turn-of-the century historical sleuthing mystery. Sure, why not? I generally love my historical female sleuths, be it the spirited Lady Julia Grey, the lovely and undaunted Lady Emily Ashford, or hell, even the admittedly grating and bookish Amelia Peabody.Surely, Lady Rose Summers would be just the thing to bring to a stop my current trend of face-palming every five second a [...]

    5. This was just awful. Horrible, horrible writing, perhaps the most lamely plotted mystery I've ever read, and characters that don't approach 2 dimensional, let alone 3. I don't mind a light read at all, but this isn't even helium.

    6. "He [a servant] delivered Masie Chatterton's cocoa first and then hurried along to the other tower, where Lady Rose and Masie Chatterton had their rooms," writes the delightfully cheeky Chesney. A country manor estate party? With stains (!!!) on sheets not of blood? And apparently a ratio of one hooker per tower? With quiji boards and arsenic and things best left in the moat? If you're looking for a light, fluffy, diversion (I was, after Auster's 900-page door stopper, "4 3 2 1") this fits the b [...]

    7. The book's cover proclaims happily "M.C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney" though I don't know the publisher's motivation in giving readers two authors when one will do. Normally, I would not mention such a trifle in a review, but when a book is, really, not very good, it seems strange that the author went out of their way to assume two pseudonyms and then have the fact openly proclaimed. The story is rifled with Characters and Plot that are as flat as paper (though I'm sure, very well-researche [...]

    8. I love historical fiction but it usually has such a sad undertone to it. Thought this would be more lighthearted and I was right. Mystery is a genre that I usually don't go for either although it isn't on purpose. The combination was good and it is a really fast read. The beginning is slow though not completely boring. I think what the author is trying to do is let the reader get an idea of what the characters are like. I was surprised to find that I liked Harry more than Rose. You get the point [...]

    9. I enjoyed this book for some reason, nice crossing of my corset romance fixation and a straight mystery. Distinct style of writing that I didn't like at first but enjoyed as I got into it. The main character is very mercurial and sometimes makes bad choices, which I found interesting. I will definitely try another!

    10. I've read some of M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth mysteries, and I have a few Agatha Raisin mysteries on my pile, so when I saw this book at a used bookstore I grabbed it. I love historical mysteries, almost more than typical mysteries, but it doesn't seem like I read them as often as I should. So, last night when I was staring at my shelves trying to find something to read, I saw this book and I tentatively started reading. I'm glad I did, because I enjoyed this book a whole lot!Lady Rose is not a [...]

    11. A debutante's first season, a country house party and, perhaps not surprisingly, a murder or two!Lady Rose Summer, one-time Suffragette, is the deb involved. The attempt by her parents to put her in the limelight for her first season is an unmitigated disaster as she gets involved in trying to sort out who killed who and why. There are plenty of characters to consider, sometimes too many to keep in mind, but, with the help of Harry Cathcart, who at first is something of a leper, she eventually u [...]

    12. Read this earlier in the week. To be honest, it might be more accurate to say I read the first half and straight up skimmed the second, out of mild curiosity over two of the secondary characters.I thought this was fairly terrible. Didn't like the writing style, didn't like the mystery, didn't like that it took over half the book to get to the mystery, and really, really didn't like the main characters.Rose is the specialest of most special snowflakes. She is better than other girls of her age/so [...]

    13. I really do enjoy cosy mysteries and I prefer historical to contemporary so it was with great expectation that I started this Snobbery with Violence, an Edwardian murder mystery.I must say that I enjoyed it very much and I almost laughed aloud at times. Lady Rose Summer was almost unbelievable at times, as she was much focused in the women's rights movement and the equality of rights between the lower and upper classes but at the same time, she seemed unaware of the proper behaviour to live in p [...]

    14. While I enjoyed the Hamish Macbeth TV series of some years ago (despite it's rather odd slide into Twin Peakish territory here and there) the books of M.C. Beaton seemed a strangely thin source of inspiration. After a few dabbles in her Agatha Raisin series, (an impossible character to even understand never mind "like") I gave it up. This author's writing always struck me as minimally entertaining, repetitive, and unoriginal. Mindless pap if I am perfectly honest.However, "Snobbery With Violence [...]

    15. The first and best of this Edwardian series. We are introduced to Lady Rose and her penchant for "Bolshie" causes like women's suffrage and improving the lot of villagers who have the bad luck of a penny-pinching noble landlord. Harry Cathcart makes a delightful first appearance as a dour unpopular veteran of the Boer wars who turns out to have a gift for ridiculous disguise and a talent for burglary with intent to recover blackmailing letters, as well as a love-hate relationship with the social [...]

    16. One of the recommendations from a FB link, "If you like Downton Abbey, try these books," Snobbery with Violence was poorly written but entertaining nonetheless. Chesney, who also writes as M.C. Beaton, crammed way too much into too few pages, ending up with a bewildering panoply of characters who were thinly developed. The focus was dizzying, swooping from one paragraph that zeroed in on the deep personal secrets of one minor character to cover a day or a week of action in a few lines. "Tell, do [...]

    17. I'm being very generous in giving this two stars. It was pretty awful, but I did finish it (kept hoping it would improve) so it gets the extra star. Very mediocre writing, poorly developed plot and shallow characterization. I found it impossible to engage with the main protagonists who engendered no feelings of empathy or interest.I certainly wouldn't recommend it and I won't be reading any more of this author's books.

    18. It has one or two things I didn't care about but overall, it was so easy to read and to enjoy what was happening I laughed too, which was good.Now I'm very curious to see what happens with the main characters for I'm sure their adventures have to go on!

    19. Murders and mayhem in a crusty upper class castle filled with guests that have been gathered together for a possible matching scenario. Think of Gosford Park, with a lot more silliness.

    20. This was a great novel. It was a quick read, and the main characters drew me in. I look forward to more in the series. I love the Agatha Raisin stuff, and I can see this author knows the craft and the country of England well.

    21. Captain Harry Cathcart returns to England from the Boer wars as taciturn man. The younger son of a Baron, he used to be happy-go lucky, but the war changed him. Now he is home, aimless and poor. Until his name is given to the Earl of Hadshire as someone who could help him with a problem. The results of the small bit of detective work the Earl asks Harry to undertake are so successful that Harry suddenly finds himself in demand. Discreet word of mouth has it that for a hefty fee, Harry can "fix" [...]

    22. Actual rating: 3.75 stars.I've decided for this short series of books to review them as a whole. I read them one after the other in about a 24 hour time period, so they all sort of seem like one really long book to me, and I am not at all sure that I could review them separately.My plan is to copy and past the review to each of the four books, so I will post most all of the review under a spoiler cut, because I am sure that I will mention things that would be considered spoilerish.My overall rat [...]

    23. While I love the Hamish Macbeth stories, I never got "into" the Agatha Raisin ones, but I thought I give this series by the author a try because - oh, come on! Just look at the title! Chesney is up to her old tricks: sexual tension played out forever, wisecracking dialog, pared-down plot. Rose is an aristocratic woman of the Edwardian Age who dabbled in suffragettage but fell in love unwisely when finally forced by her family into her "season." Harry is the wounded veteran/gentleman who was hire [...]

    24. I was expecting Downton Abbey meets Agatha Christie. I got terse prose, a plot explained by cursory character inner monologues, being told things instead of shown things, two dimensional characters who have no real growth or arc, most of the action happening off page, a fairly easy to pinpoint villain and some tired stereotypes. I suppose when you've cranked out as many books as Chesney/Beaton/whatever name she's going by this week, it gets a bit formulaic after awhile.That said, it wasn't entir [...]

    25. This is the first of a new series (She previously wrote the Agatha Raisin series.) This English mystery set in the Edwardian age (1901 to 1910 or outbreak of WWI) The strict Victorian manners were still in force by the older generation but broken by the younger. In this book Lady Rose Summer makes her debut into society – a complete disaster. She has the money and the name, but not the snobbery or inclination to only care about clothes and station. She speaks her mind and wants to be considere [...]

    26. I enjoyed reading more about the adventures of Lady Rose Summer and her disastrous launch as a debutante. Her fiance turns out to be a bounder and here is Captain Harry Cathcart mounting a rescue mission.I love all the characters in this book, including Daisy, her maid, what a spirited girl. Even Rose's parents, though not the most loving of parents, feel that they are doing their best for their daughter.When one of the guests at a house party dies unexpectedly, Rose sets out to discover the cir [...]

    27. Narrated by Davina Porter6 hours 39 minsDescription: Lady Rose Summer's father calls on Captain Harry Cathcart to investigate her suitor, Sir Geoffrey Blandon, resulting in a scandalous breakup. When the Marquess of Hedley calls Harry about a murder, Harry calls in Scotland Yard Supt Kerridge, and Rose. Harry and Rose must unravel a web of lies, rumors, perilous plots - and their own mixed feelings. Fun. This is the one with oopins of fashion and etiquette tips, class frictions, and the ongoing [...]

    28. I suppose I came to this book under the impression it was in some way a continuation of or perhaps a conversion to fiction of Colin Watson's excellent survey of British thrillers (thud and blunder if you like Spoonerisms) called Snobbery with Violence. I was disappointed. This is a quite readable pastiche of a pre-war crime by someone whom I know better as M C Beaton, author of the Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries. It reads well enough and you wish to learn the denouement but I could n [...]

    29. There was something familiar in the writing style, until I realized Marion Chesney is M.C Beaton, the author of Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin book series. This book is essentially as Macbeth/Raisin ones, only set to early 1900. Author has this reporter/machine gun -way of storytelling combined to slightly weird old fashion values. The end result is always somewhat odd and superficial. There isn't much of a mystery in this story. It seems to be a set up for a several book spanning courtship be [...]

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