Invitation to a Funeral: A Tale of Restoration Intrigue

Invitation to a Funeral A Tale of Restoration Intrigue London Spy turned playwright Aphra Behn is having than her share of troubles Her last play was a flop and her financial situation is getting desperate she s in debt to a moneylender who could ha

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  • Title: Invitation to a Funeral: A Tale of Restoration Intrigue
  • Author: Molly Brown
  • ISBN: 9780312185985
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Hardcover
  • London, 1676 Spy turned playwright Aphra Behn is having than her share of troubles Her last play was a flop and her financial situation is getting desperate she s in debt to a moneylender who could have her arrested for nonpayment at any time When she casts the Earl of Rochester s mistress, Elizabeth Decker, as the lead in her new comedy, she deeply regrets it LoLondon, 1676 Spy turned playwright Aphra Behn is having than her share of troubles Her last play was a flop and her financial situation is getting desperate she s in debt to a moneylender who could have her arrested for nonpayment at any time When she casts the Earl of Rochester s mistress, Elizabeth Decker, as the lead in her new comedy, she deeply regrets it Lord Rochester has bet the Duke of Buckingham that he can turn the theatrically challenged Elizabeth into the best actress on the London stage, and he s offered to cut Aphra in on his winnings But there are other dangerous matters afoot, and when Aphra offers to organize the funeral of a murdered man it seems her troubles are only just beginning The deaths of two brothers turn out to be linked to the discovery of a secret document which could unless Aphra moves quickly plunge England into another civil war.

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    1. I really got stuck on a historical mystery thing. I do that sometimes. You could say I get obsessed. But not Chia obsessed. At least I hope not. (jk--I love you dear!) Anywho, this book was lots of fun. The main character is Aphra Behn, a female playwrite from Restoration England. I actually read one of her plays before--she's quite good. In this book, Aphra randomly stumbles across a man, Elias, that she knew from when she was younger, whose brother she happened to like. She asks Elias where hi [...]

    2. A fun Restoration murder mystery romp! I enjoyed this book which features historical figures such as Aphra Behn and John Wilmot the Earl of Rochester. A great light read which provides an introduction to an underrated period of history characterised by intrigue.

    3. Why is it that novels set during the period called the Restoration, when the Stuart King is returned to the British throne, all seem to think they must be written like the Restoration comedies of William Wycherley or Congreve? It's like saying that life in the last fifty years of the 20thC, as depicted by the Whitehall Theatre farces, was a true and accurate account. It does irritate me!Molly Brown also belongs to the school of History as Filth so that every street is mud and manure, the weather [...]

    4. It is 1676 in London and Aphra Behn is trying to get her new play on the stage. She needs the money from the play to pay her debts but feels she is obligated to pay for the funeral of a man she knew years before. She makes the arrangements but then finds the man's brother murdered in her own home. Of course, she feels she must pay his last expenses too. She doesn't know how she will come up with the necessary money until she is asked by the Earl of Rochester to make his mistress the best actress [...]

    5. Clever, entertaining historical murder mystery featuring dramatist Aphra Behn as a likeable, put-upon heroine. With a new play in the offing and drastically low on funds, she has also been saddled with an appalling actress as the result of a bet between two Lords. A chance encounter with a beggar dredges up painful memories of the past, and two brothers who showed her a kindness. Shortly after, the two brothers are dead and she is in the unenviable position of paying for their funerals. Spies, l [...]

    6. The switching between characters was a little hard to follow and often done at inappropriate times. Very confusing! The historical backdrop of the restoration period in England was very interesting as were some of the characters. The decadence of the period was fun. The mystery was nothing much and the story line only so so. I think it would be worth 3 stars if the switching between characters and scenes had been smoother.

    7. This book was ok. I felt like it simply took the author too long to tie up the two seemingly separate story lines. Once she intersected the stories, it then felt rushed. I enjoyed the main characters, but not enough to hope that the book would turn into a series (which I understand it did not).

    8. I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction, but this one made a nice change of pace, with a very compelling protagonist.

    9. historical mystery with Aphra Behn and Nelly Gwen teaming up to solve the murder of two brothers who helped Aphra Behn during a rough patch in an earlier life. Fun read.

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