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Chaos at Carnegie Hall
Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in the Fiona Figg and Kitty Lane Mystery series opener. Can Fiona catch a killer and find a decent cup of tea before her mustache wax melts?1917. New York. Notorious spy, Fredrick Fredricks, has invited Fiona to Carnegie Hall to hear a famous soprano. It’s an opportunity the War Office can’t turn down. Fiona and Clifford are soon on their way, but not before Fiona is saddled with chaperon duties for Captain Hall’s niece.
Is Fiona a spy or a glorified babysitter? From the minute Fiona meets the soprano aboard the RMS Adriatic it’s treble on the high C’s. Fionasees something—or someone—thrown overboard, and then she overhears a chemist plotting in German with one of her own countrymen! And the trouble doesn’t stop when they disembark. Soon Fiona is doing time with a group of suffragettes and investigating America’s most impressive inventor Thomas Edison. When her number one suspect turns up dead at the opera and Fredrick Fredricks is caught red-handed, it looks like it’s finally curtains for the notorious spy. But all the evidence points to his innocence. Will Fiona change her tune and clear her nemesis’ name? Or will she do her duty? And just what is she going to do with the pesky Kitty Lane? Not tomention swoon-worthy Archie Somersby . . .If Fiona’s going to come out on top, she’s going to have to make the most difficult decision of herlife: the choice between her head and her heart.
I am obsessed with British mysteries. This historical mystery is my favorite, as the main character is a British spy who leaves her home to accompany Captain Hall’s niece, Eliza. This young lady wants to go to all the social events even though she is just a teen. The main character is one of Britain’s female spies, but right now her assignment is to chaperone Eliza to America. On the ship over, she decides to learn all she can about the culture and volcabulary. She’ll be keeping her out for Frederick Fredericks, a German spy. This is a real page-turner and I am excited to read the other books coming later in this series.
Kelly Oliver is the award-winning, bestselling author of three mysteries series: The Jessica JamesMysteries, The Pet Detective Mysteries, and the historical cozies The Fiona Figg Mysteries, set inWW1. She is also the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is bringing new titles in the Fiona Figg series to Boldwood, the first of which, Chaos in Carnegie Hall, will be published in November 2022.