August 04, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Bee's Kiss

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Barbara Cleverly
publisher
Carroll & Graf
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction
We gave it a B

In frivolous, devil-may-care 1926 London, someone murders Dame Beatrice Jagow-Joliffe in her suite at the Ritz.

Bodily Trauma
Battered about the head with a fireplace poker.

Shattered Illusions
The brainy, beautiful dame — a pillar of Brit society — turns out to have some sinister secrets indeed.

Lowdown
As is sometimes the case with period fiction, The Bee’s Kiss is a little stiff, even creaky, though the mystery itself certainly satisfies.

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