Kate Parker’s Deadly Scandal

Kate Parker begins a new series with Deadly Scandal, set in 1937 London, a few months after the Abdication, when gossip in the city ranges from Mrs. Simpson to the rise of the Nazis. Olivia Denis Deadly Scandalthought she knew Reggie, her quiet, mild-mannered husband of three years, but when he is found in an alley, dead of a presumably self-inflicted gun shot, she discovers how little she really knew. But she’s sure he didn’t shoot himself, and she sets out to prove it.

To do that, she’ll have to find a way to support herself and avoid moving back in with her socially prominent and very proper father. Through a childhood friend, she finds work at a newspaper, ostensibly as a society writer. Her editor has other work in mind—with Olivia’s social connections, she’s ideally suited to attend parties and bring back information gleaned from high society, and from Reggie’s colleagues at the Foreign Office and their counterparts at the German Embassy.

Was Reggie responsible for documents going missing from the Foreign Office? Whatever she’s learned about him since his death, Olivia can’t believe that. But someone must, or why would they search her flat or follow her on the street? Olivia doesn’t know who to trust, but she teams up with Adam Redmond, an Army Intelligence officer, one of the few people who believe that Reggie was murdered, to dig through the increasing layers of mystery and intrigue.

Olivia is a fine heroine, smart, determined, and resourceful. Her sleuthing takes her into the darker corners of a fascinating period in London, with society still shaken by the Abdication and unwilling to believe in the coming war. She discovers that not all the British are loyal—and not all the Germans are what they seem. I hope we’ll see Olivia again soon.

The Vanishing ThiefIn the meantime, don’t miss Parker’s Victorian Bookshop Series, set at the end of the nineteenth century, and its heroine, bookshop proprietress Georgia Fenchurch, beginning with The Vanishing Thief.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl Bolen
    Mar 06, 2016 @ 19:53:56

    Oh, my goodness, that book is right up my alley! I’ve got to get it! Thanks, Kay.



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