Lady Rose Summer, the wayward Edwardian debutante who keeps getting mixed up in disreputable adventures, would swear she is not a jealous woman. After all, she knows her engagement to private detective Captain Harry Cathcart is only a ploy to keep her parents from shipping her off to India to find a husband. But then Harry's latest client, Dolores Duval---a vision of curves with a seductive French accent---starts appearing everywhere at his side. And that changes everything.

In a fit of rage, Rose threatens Dolores, only to be found the very next day, standing over her dead body. The newspapers rush to convict her, but can Harry and Superintendent Kerridge of Scotland Yard clear Rose's name and put the real murderer behind bars?

Filled with drawing-room scandal and murderous intrigue, Our Lady of Pain by M.C. Beaton is a delightful addition to her beloved Edwardian Murder Mystery series.

(Over the next couple of days, I’m going to catch up on a few book posts.  More detailed science posts in the works!)

I’m happy to report that one of John Blackburn’s best books, Our Lady of Pain (1974), is now available from Valancourt Books , and it contains an introduction by me!

Our Lady of Pain is one of Blackburn’s most powerful novels, and most unique.  It features none of the familiar stock characters such as General Charles Kirk, and instead gives us a protagonist who is both flawed and vulnerable.  Blackburn also departs from his usual plot device of a killer plague and gives us a unique and bizarre threat.  The climax of the book is a scene that I find pretty much unforgettable, and the novel as a whole is well-worth reading for not only Blackburn fans but fans of horror in general.

Lady Rose Summer, the wayward Edwardian debutante who keeps getting mixed up in disreputable adventures, would swear she is not a jealous woman. After all, she knows her engagement to private detective Captain Harry Cathcart is only a ploy to keep her parents from shipping her off to India to find a husband. But then Harry's latest client, Dolores Duval---a vision of curves with a seductive French accent---starts appearing everywhere at his side. And that changes everything.

In a fit of rage, Rose threatens Dolores, only to be found the very next day, standing over her dead body. The newspapers rush to convict her, but can Harry and Superintendent Kerridge of Scotland Yard clear Rose's name and put the real murderer behind bars?

Filled with drawing-room scandal and murderous intrigue, Our Lady of Pain by M.C. Beaton is a delightful addition to her beloved Edwardian Murder Mystery series.


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