Murder at Archly Manor: A first-in-series High Society Lady Detective Mystery by Sara Rosett

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred. He burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague.

Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last.

Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett’s series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike. Travel back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with Murder at Archly Manor.

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Character Interview

Olive, thank you for stopping by Island Confidential. Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?

When I was younger I attempted to write a novel. It featured a desert adventure and had a sheik and camels and  was terribly romantic and exciting.

Who is your favorite character in Murder at Archly Manor?

My cousin Gwen is so sweet-natured that it’s almost impossible not to get along with her. Gwen tends to go through life at a thoughtful measured pace. I’d rather zip along. But despite our differences—or maybe because of them—Gwen and I get along wonderfully well. I drag her forward, and she pulls me back. My, that sounds rather unruly, but it all works out.

Is there anyone you don’t get along with so well?

My friend Jasper can be exasperating. He doesn’t want me to get involved with certain people and warns me off, but I’m not the one who became engaged to a man she just met (that would be my other cousin, Violet, who is also a bit exasperating). But back to Jasper. He’s always dressed perfectly, and you’d think that he’s only interested in the cut of his suit and the color of his pocket square, but I’ve known him since we were children and he certainly isn’t that shallow.

 Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?

Sara worries too much. She’s always concerned about these people I’m interacting with. Yes, they’re murder suspects, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. All it takes is some observation and a few carefully worded questions to work out who the dangerous person is. Sara is contradicting me, pointing out that everything didn’t go perfectly smoothly at Archly Manor. But those were just a few bumps in the road. It all worked out in the end.

What’s next for you?

Since I’ve discovered I have a knack for this investigative sort of thing I’m on the lookout for new clients. I think I can make a go of it. Everyone has problems, and who wouldn’t like to someone else to solve them? I heard there’s a spot of bother at Blackburn Hall. It’s rather hush-hush so I can’t say more than that. Wish me luck!


About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett writes light-hearted escapes for readers who enjoy puzzling mysteries, interesting settings, and quirky characters.

She is the author of the Murder on Location series, the Ellie Avery series, the On the Run series, and the High Society Lady Detective series. Sara also teaches an online course, How to Outline A Cozy Mystery.

Publishers Weekly called Sara’s books, “satisfying,” “well-executed,” and “sparkling.” Sara loves to get new stamps in her passport and considers dark chocolate a daily requirement. Find out more at SaraRosett.com.

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