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Review: A Proposal to Die For (Lady Alkmene Callender Mysteries #1) by Vivian Conroy

cover96350-mediumThe first book in the new Lady Alkmene Callender Mystery series

A murderous beginning

With her father away in India, Lady Alkmene Callender finds being left to her own devices in London intolerably dull, until the glamorous Broadway star Evelyn Steinbeck arrives in town! Gossip abounds about the New York socialite, but when Ms Steinbeck’s wealthy uncle, Silas Norwhich, is found dead Lady Alkmene finds her interest is piqued. Because this death sounds a lot to her like murder…

Desperate to uncover the truth, Lady Alkmene begins to look into Ms Steinbeck’s past – only to be hampered by the arrival of journalist, Jake Dubois – who believes she is merely an amateur lady-detective meddling in matters she knows nothing about!

But Lady Alkmene refuses to be deterred from the case and together they dig deeper, only to discover that some secrets should never come to light…

The twenties have never been so dangerous

I am a sucker for a cozy murder mystery, and this was right up my street. I LOVED Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Seriously–binge it on Netflix) and this filled that hole perfectly. It was a tightly plotted mystery with twists and turns and a fab protagonist. I absolutely adored the setting of London in the 1920’s, and am really excited to see this time period utilized further in the next novel.

Lady Alkmene is our heroine, and she is a feisty, intelligent woman who is determined to solve this murder case. I really loved that she was flawed, and that her background both hindered and helped her in her quest to solve the case. In order to investigate the murder, Lady Alkmene teams up with mysterious reporter Jake Dubois, whose street smarts and completely different class, make them a fascinating duo. The chemistry is off the charts with these two, and I really loved how both of them held each other accountable for their assumptions throughout the novel. In fact, the discussion on class was one of my favourite aspects of this story–it’s set A Proposal to Die For apart from other mystery novels in my opinion.

Whilst I wasn’t entirely surprised by the identity of the culprit, the mystery was done really well, and I found myself putting clues together at the same time as Alkmene and Dubois. I also loved the open ended aspect of this novel–it set up book two really well. Whilst this book wasn’t perfect–there were some clunky sentences and dialogue that didn’t quite seem natural–it was highly enjoyable and I will definitely be reading the next book.

So, in conclusion, if you fancy a murder mystery with a fabulous female protagonist, the twenties, chemistry a plenty and an excellent reveal, I’d definitely recommend reading this book!

Thank you to the Carina UK and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 


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