Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ask Me No Questions - A Review & Giveaway


ASK ME NO QUESTIONS by Shelley Noble
The First Lady Dunbridge Mystery

Lady Philomena Dunbridge is no stranger to scandal, after all it's scandal that led her to America, but being embroiled in a murder is not the best way to gain entry to Manhattan's high society. Nonetheless, Phil is determined to stick by her schoolgirl pal and hostess, Bev, after Bev's husband is shot to death. Working around an angry detective, a corrupt police force, and a mystery man, Phil will find out just who killed Reggie and why.

The first Lady Dunbridge novel is a delight. The author provides an earthier feel to high society in 1907. Not everything is prim and proper. Drinks flow freely and corruption abounds. Women have minds as well as sexual desires which are acted upon. Affairs, flings, and mistresses are talked about, good looking men are appraised, and racy innuendos abound. I love this fresh, more realistic look of the world.

Lady Philomena Dunbridge is a fantastic new heroine I'd love to call friend. After a miserable forced marriage and the untenable, yet requisite, mourning period Lady Philomena is determined to make a life of her own, abiding by her own standards, and not to be under the thumb of any man. She has a great team with her as well. Preswick, her devoted butler, and her new maid, Lily, are more than "just servants". Each brims with their own history, richly developed with hints to their pasts slowly revealed. I can't wait to learn more about them.

In addition to rich characterization and detailed period setting, there's a good mystery too. The mystery is deftly plotted with plenty of clues allowing the reader to work out the mystery along with Phil. Adventure, a hint of romantic sizzle, and a few laughs round out this great first book in what I hope will be a long running series.

ASK ME NO QUESTIONS combines British aristocracy, New York High Society, and modern sensibilities in a fun, saucy mystery.


Ask Me No Questions: A Lady Dunbridge Mystery by Shelley Noble

About the Book

Historical Cozy Mystery 
New Series Forge Books (October 16, 2018) 
Hardcover: 352 pages
From New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble, Ask Me No Questions is the first in the Lady Dunbridge Mystery series featuring a widow turned sleuth in turn-of-the-twentieth century New York City.
A modern woman in 1907, Lady Dunbridge is not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm.
From the decadence of high society balls to the underbelly of Belmont horse racing, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.

About the Author


As SHELLEY FREYDONT she writes cozy mysteries.(CELEBRATION BAY FESTIVAL MYSTERIES, THE SUDOKU MYSTERIES) and the Newport Gilded Age Mysteries beginning with A GILDED GRAVE an RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee for Best Historical Mystery of 2015 and Macavity Finalist. ASK ME NO QUESTIONS is the first of a Manhattan Gilded Age series and written as Shelley Noble.
A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore and loves to discover new lighthouses and vintage carousels.

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