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Set in 1921, Murder Offstage is full of intrigue and red herrings. This is a classic murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. When Posie Parker’s childhood friend is robbed of a priceless jewel and becomes a suspect in a cold-blooded murder case, budding detective Posie vows she will clear his name. Aided by her seriously gorgeous assiSet in 1921, Murder Offstage is full of intrigue and red herrings. This is a classic murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. When Posie Parker’s childhood friend is robbed of a priceless jewel and becomes a suspect in a cold-blooded murder case, budding detective Posie vows she will clear his name. Aided by her seriously gorgeous assistant Len, Posie soon realizes things are not quite as they seem, and the darkly-glamorous world of London’s theatre and glittering nightclubs prove far more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. Just who exactly is the dangerous Lucky Lucy Gibson? And why has she killed the first violin player of the local theatre? And more importantly, what on earth has happened to Mr Minks, the much-loved office cat?...

Title : Murder Offstage
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ISBN : 9780992925406
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Number of Pages : 590 Pages
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Murder Offstage Reviews

  • Christina ~ Brunette Reader
    2019-04-26 06:45

    3,5 StarsA likeable and intrepid heroine, a legendary Indian diamond, a shady underground club and some 1920s glitz and glamour. What's not to like?Posie Parker has just stumbled upon the decisive case that could finally make a success out of her career and "The Grape Street Bureau" detective agency. Starting with a murder at the Ritz and then passing through an elusive lady-thief with many identities, cursed priceless gems, dangerous foreign aristocrats and a catnapping (poor Mr. Minks!), Posie, against the exciting backdrop of London's Theatre District, will have to put her investigative skills to the test, manage to stay alive and, why not, give a chance to a budding romance with Len, the man who has stolen her heart, a trustworthy associate and, last but not least, the best shadower she has ever met.Cozy with some extra bite reviving the formula and a refreshing setting to get us out of those libraries, kitchens, small towns usually crowding the genre, Murder Off-Stage smoothly reads like an engaging whodunnit. And while the plot was fun and twisty enough to hold my attention without problem throughout the book, I all the same noticed an uneven pace making some sections drag a little, parts where I got the impression too much room was given to secondary characters' incursions and interactions and where not all threads seemed like they were as deftly and tightly kept together as in the first half. The dialogues could maybe have been more enhanced to better bring out all the comedic potential and to balance the slightly over-expositive, pleasant nonetheless, writing style.Characterisation-wise, coming across as resourceful and witty and with a healthy dose of endearing self-deprecation, Posie really was the only one personage to be fully fleshed out, though also other figures were able to rise above the mere cardboard status, especially the old earl and Len himself, even if the romantic aspect is left in the background, just a starting point to what will probably be an ongoing love story taking up next instalments to find a resolution. On the whole, an entertaining historical mystery showcasing good quality, lively prose underscored by a gentle humour and a spot-on sense of time and place that will soon have me gladly delving into Posie's next adventure, which is going to see her carousing about the Continent and all the way south to Egypt.

  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    2019-04-11 05:46

    Actual rating: 2.5 starsThis is a first novel, and reads like it in some places - the plot, for example, has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. (Murder! Diamond theft! Kidnapping! Smuggling! Criminal mastermind with a cat and Villain Talking Disease! (I could only envision him as Donald Sutherland.)The pacing was just a bit too frenetic for my taste - I doubt I will be reading any further in the series.

  • Richard
    2019-04-17 06:11

    This was a fun book! I love the plucky detective Posie and her friends. The story has loads of plot points that might seem like clichés, but are all handled in a dashing and colorful way with a fair dose of humor, which is part of the fun... The pacing is fast, and the prose is quite smooth and easy to read. I found no typographical errors in the whole book, and that always makes me smile... This one I picked up as a freebie one day on Amazon, but I'll certainly be putting more of this series on my list.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-17 01:54

    It's 1921, and Posie Parker is attempting to make it on her own as a PI in London. She was a nurse in the Great War, so she's aware of the plight of the many veterans struggling to make it back to a "normal" life. Her pals Len and Rufus were in the war as well, as was her fiance, who was among the many who didn't make it back.Len is her partner in the PI office, backed by his father. He works on divorce-type cases (spying and photographing for proof and the like), whereas Parker eschews those cases for more mysteries and crime for her meat and potatoes. She's quite good, too. Posie is feisty, for sure, and that often puts her in danger. In the end, though, she comes through on her promise to find the missing diamond. I believe we'll see the Count again in this series. He was too ominous to avoid...and he'll want revenge!Hathaway is obviously well-versed in the period. In one spot, Parker is incredulous as to who would have a telephone is their own house?! A detective series in this period really makes you think how much easier it is today, what with cell phones and the internet.Picked this up on kindle after reading J.J. Murphy's "Murder Your Darlings" (An Algonquin Round Table Mystery #1).

  • Tanya Marlow
    2019-04-23 23:10

    This book is the ultimate in comfort-reading: an intelligently written, lightly-flowing murder mystery, set in the 1920’s. It’s a cross between an Agatha Christie and a Nancy Drew novel: a female sleuth solving mysteries in the underworld of 1920s London, assisted by her cat and a potential love interest. I devoured it in two days, and can’t wait for the next in the series. If you’re looking for a fun murder mystery with an eminently likeable heroine in the stylish world of 1920s London, then this is the book for you.An example of her witty prose:“‘Rufus!’ she called brightly. Tucking her enormous carpet bag under her arm, she hitched up her pencil skirt and stepped calmly over the headless body, judging it correctly as the quickest way to get to her old friend. She made for the crowded Grand Staircase, floating upwards on a cloud of parma violet.”

  • Clara
    2019-04-10 01:04

    I don't read cozy mysteries for their literary value, so let's get that aspect out of the way. I look for serviceable writing and plot and fairly interesting characters. Usually, a three-star rating describes a book that meets or exceeds that criteria and two stars denotes one that was less satisfying in these or other ways, but worth finishing nonetheless.Posie Parker (the name already grates) is our "plucky" detective heroine. It strains the imagination that she is so friendly with Scotland Yard operatives that she's regularly invited to sit in on strategy sessions and given access to their archives, so one suspends disbelief. The writing is occasionally clunky, but not awfully so. Ultimately, Murder Offstage serves its purpose (for me, anyway) of a light read that occasionally engages and serves as a respite between meatier reading. Nothing wrong with that.

  • Cindy
    2019-04-07 03:00

    I like the Posie Parker cozies. There aren't enough of them, just a hint to the author.... :-)

  • Cindy
    2019-04-16 01:50

    Entertaining crime mystery involving guns, diamonds, and counterfeit money. Posie Parker is a wonderful character full of confidence and can sure hang with the "big boys" in 1920's London. Looking forward to reading Miss Parker's next case.

  • Sara
    2019-04-17 00:52

    Upon second reading, downgraded to 3 stars. Still an entertaining romp, but some inconsistencies in the writing were more apparent this time around.

  • Lynette Jones
    2019-04-20 07:06

    The mystery Murder Offstage is set in 1920's London when people were still recovering from the war to end all wars. Posie Parker is a struggling female private investigator in a time when that is not quite the done thing. She specializes in private discreet affairs within the upper crust of London. Although she had been struggling to get established, her agency was saved when Len Irving became her partner. Truth be told she wishes there was more to their relationship than that. But in the three years they have been partners, she has never acted on that. An old friend comes to her with a grave problem involving a diamond and murder. While not all the inspectors at the station approve of her or her involvement in this investigation, she has a champion in Inspector Lovelace and with his help and Len's support she begins to unravel the truth behind the Murder Offstage and the disappearance of the priceless diamond.L.B. Hathaway has written a great mystery. It was reminiscent of the Miss Fisher series but different enough to be captivating in its own right. The writing was superb and I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Excellent read.

  • Denise Vasak
    2019-04-20 03:08

    This book was ok. A lot of steps seemed to be skipped to get from A to B but that as part of what made it an interesting read. Offstage opens slowly and isn't as I thought it would be. I thought this would be a book about the theatre and the cast surrounding a production. Instead it was VERY loosely based on a theatre troupe and that was really just background noise. The thing that makes me want to read another book is the story between Posie and Len. I feel like she was crushing on him then slightly disillusioned by him in rapid succession. It was odd and not quite like what I wanted but I'm curious enough to pick up another book and see what happens.All in all, if you REALLY love more traditional cozy mysteries, this book isn't for you. It doesn't really have a defined finite list of suspects and there were a LOT of people being introduced throughout. I hope that the second venture is a little tighter in the writing.

  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    2019-03-27 22:55

    fun mystery sent in 1921 in England with Posie Parker (or Nosy as she is called by one friend) a Private Detective. Her friend Rufus is accused of murder and Posie must help find the killer...and while she does, she discovers a whole other crime being committed and everything isn't as it seems.I always enjoy mysteries set in a time without modern conveniences. I thought the author did a great job of utilizing what technology they did have in the early 20's which included some telephones and of course the telegraph. I did wonder how a photo got to England from Belgium overnight though.The ending wrapped up the crime but left enough of a tease for the next book.

  • Judith Rich
    2019-03-27 04:59

    I love Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series, so thought I'd give this modern 1920s set series a go. Now, I'm not saying Daisy Dalrymple is realistic (her Jessica Fletcher Syndrome is on a level with Mrs Barnaby's in Midsummer - or indeed Jessica herself), but I found this just plain silly, involving foreign musicians, dodgy nightclubs, international diamond smuggling and a sinister Swiss count master criminal (who will clearly return as Posie's Moriarty).It's quite enjoyable on that level, but I won't rush to more of these like I do to Daisy. Sorry, Posie.

  • Elizabeth Dodd
    2019-04-12 04:01

    A fine romp in the 1920sThe main character is a strong woman plying a (mostly) man's profession as a private investigator.She is clever, resourceful, vulnerable, and delightful.The mystery is great fun and quite exciting.There were a few instances when she and her partner showed convenient stupidity in order to move the plot forward. Silly,but forgivable.A good read. I look forward to further adventures.

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-28 05:01

    The story is set in the 1920s but the writing style is from a different decade. I may be wrong as English is not my first language, but overall a bit disappointed. Who mentioned Agatha Christie in their review?

  • Greg
    2019-04-25 00:00

    A fun light mystery A silly romp in 1921 London. Light, fluffy fun and an easy read. Better than the average free kindle books.

  • Angie Boyter
    2019-04-21 01:53

    Came within 60 pages of finishing it when a mediocre but OK book really slanted downhill. Too many books to continue....

  • Donna
    2019-04-03 01:46

    Meh. Likeable characters but weak plotting.

  • Gail Gassen
    2019-04-17 06:11

    Fun& delightful cozy mysteryThis was a fun & exciting mystery too read. I enjoyed every bit of it. It may seem to start out a bit slow, but it really catches itself up fast. Everything is pretty fast paced all the way through, & there are so many twists & lies told that sometimes when the truth is told it's very hard to believe that its not the work of the crazy Count de la Rosa! Lots of tense moments toward the ending even. I'm sure that everyone will enjoy reading this delightful mystery. And also fall for all the characters, especially Posie Parker! She a wonderful character that's well written, & so is Len. I surely hope they continue with their feelings of love! So off I go too the next book!

  • CJK
    2019-03-29 06:49

    I read the series up to book 4, Vanishing of Dr. Winter - this book is very fluff and easy reading. If you don't want to think, have no imagination, and can add 2+2, this book is ok. I do not, after 4 books, believe Posie is brilliant or invaluable to the solving of the mysteries. The police are deliberately dim, made so to make Posie shine as the star, which never ever comes across as credible. I solved the 'mysteries' in all four, no surprises or twists.Is she, Posie, fun and enjoyable to read? Nope.Are the books fun and enjoyable to read? Read aboveIs the setting/time enjoyable? No - I really love the time period and it was barely part of the story, which made me sad.

  • Argum
    2019-03-29 03:45

    It is after the war and Posie the vicars daughter has set herself up as a detective. Her dead brother's best friend is rather dissipated, but she sets out to help him when he has been swindled. He proposed to a chorus girl and she ran off with the very large family heirloom diamond. Oh and she shot someone on her way out. He comes to the attention of the police because they cant find the girl. Posie gets involved and caught up in a very large drama. There are several interesting characters but some felt a little undeveloped.

  • M.J.
    2019-04-11 02:52

    This is such an enjoyable book. It's a quick read, and it reads well. The plot line is intriguing enough to keep you hooked too.Having spent quite a bit of time recently reading and watching the Phryne Fisher novels, which are also set in the 1920's (only in Australia) it was quite nice to get something that's a little less flashy and a lot more 'British', even down to the weather, which is snowy, damp and cold - just the sort of thing to be reading while we have this heatwave. The feel of 1920's London is well evoked, and Posie and Len are likable characters that you want to read about. I was pleasantly surprised and well entertained.I've already downloaded book 2.

  • Ellen
    2019-04-25 03:44

    Actors every whereDiamonds, counterfeit money, and bodies in odd places, all in a mad week. Scotland yard and a lady detective join in uneasy collaboration to find a fabulous stolen diamond. The yard targets a Lord as the killer, the detective must clear him and find the diamond. International jewel thieves, wildly obsessive masterminds all collide in a great cozy mystery. Fast moving, with lots of twists, a fun read.

  • Geoffrey Langlois
    2019-04-01 03:05

    Attractive CharactersPosey et al. are engaging if a bit thin in places. Plot is done well and finishes at a cliff to hang from. Not a bad thing but I hope we learn more of one of the villains later on. Deducted a star for shallow characterization of all but Posey - and she is none too deep.

  • Becca
    2019-04-04 03:57

    Started reading Posie Parker to supplement the void that was left by Olivia Brown. While Posie isn't as much of a party girl, she is still a wonderful heroine in her own right and has no problem going head first in to danger to save her friends. Great cast of supporting characters round out the story.

  • Carrie
    2019-04-21 23:56

    This was a VERY average mystery read. The final explanation was far more complicated than it needed to be, and it was kind of a chore to get through. I enjoyed the heroine for the most part, but the romance wasn't very believable or developed.

  • Ruth Caves
    2019-04-07 07:02

    CluesDeductions or dumb luck, it's the mystery that counts. Engaging story kept me turning the pages and trying to figure out the ending before I got there. The fical cat was just a bonus.

  • Beth
    2019-04-03 04:00

    A wonderful romp of a readPosie Parker and her adventures in the 1920's London are just about as much fun as one can have curled up, with the cat on a winters day.I am thoroughly looking forward to this entire series and being transported to a puzzle in another time and place

  • Shelby
    2019-04-18 05:56

    Very enjoyableLovely period piece, good plot and likable characters. Intrigue without the gore. I will be reading book number two. Give the book a try you will not be disappointed.

  • Carol
    2019-04-08 05:04

    Such mystery!!I was curious when I read the tidbit describing Murder Offstage. I was looking for a really good English murder mystery and I most definitely found it! Excellent writing L.B.Hathaway, good show!!