By Tina Jordan
Updated August 04, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.

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