Narrator: Elizabeth Klett
Series: High Society Lady Detective #5
Published by the author on September 3, 2020
Genres: Historical Mystery
Length: 6 hrs 32 mins
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Midnight treasure hunts, fancy-dress parties, and a blue-blooded murder...
November, 1923. Olive’s school chum Gigi invites Olive to London because Gigi’s dotty grandmother fears for her life - or so she’s said to Gigi. However, Olive is surprised to find that the dowager is far from muddled. The sharp and imperious matriarch refuses to admit to her worries and sends Olive on her way.
Without a client or case, Olive is swept into the glittering lifestyle of the “fast set” and their decadent excess. But then, among the cocktails and champagne, a murderer strikes during a frivolous party game, and Olive realizes the dowager’s fears were well-founded.
Can Olive unmask the upper crust culprit before the party’s over for a bright, young person?
An Old Money Murder in Mayfair is the fifth installment in the popular High Society Lady Detective series from USA Today best-selling author Sara Rosett. Join Olive and her dapper sleuthing partner Jasper, as they navigate the extravagant parties of the Bright Young People as well as their own budding relationship.
Olive is staying at the home of her school friend, Gigi, and enjoying the champagne lifestyle of the ‘bright young things’ of the 1920s while employed to look into Gigi’s grandmother’s fears that someone is trying to hurt her. Of course, grandmother does end up being killed, and several people have motives, not the least of whom is Gigi. If her grandmother did change her will like she threatened, it would be Gigi who was left out in the cold.
I enjoy this series. The regular characters feel like old friends and the plots are entertaining. I adore all the 1920s details – the fashion, etiquette, and colloquialism. It also paints a good picture of the gap between the servants, the upper class who have money, and the upper class who don’t, like Olive.
This feels in a lot of ways like a vintage mystery. It’s an easy read, without any real violence or graphic scenes. It’s well-written and the solution was clever. The next one in the series, Murder on a Midnight Clear, is due out in December and sounds like a fun, Christmassy read.