THE GILDED SHROUD by Elizabeth Bailey


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A Dowager’s companion and a second son join forces to uncover a murderer.

Emily, the licentious Marchioness of Polbrook, lies strangled in her bedchamber. Her husband the Marquis saddled up and left in the early-morning hours, perhaps, as it’s suspected, on his way to France. The household is mostly in disarray. The butler, the footman, the lady’s maid, the housekeeper, the cook, even the Dowager herself, are at sixes and sevens. The Dowager’s new companion, widowed Ottilia (Tillie) Draycott, who’s rather pleased with all the excitement, steps right up to settle everyone down. Lord Francis, second son and Emily’s brother-in-law, is dispatched to find his brother while Tillie noses about the estate. On the Lord’s return, he’s bemused then enchanted by Tillie, who’s discovered that a fan, a Polbrook treasured heirloom last in Emily’s possession, has gone missing, along with her jewel box and her silk stockings. But what to make of that extra key found in her dressing-table drawer? Suspicion falls on Emily’s many lovers; the Bow Street Runners favor the Marquis instead. Despite the difference in their stations, Tillie and Lord Francis are attracted to one another, but it’s Tillie who solves the crimes before their first kiss.

First in a Regency suspense series from newcomer Bailey, who’s a trifle long-winded but has the scenery and the upstairs-downstairs characters down pat.



Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-425-25289-6
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2011


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