Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna

Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna

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A beauty must solve a beastly murder. Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax knows how to win over an audience. That's why she's accepted the marriage proposal of the brutish Comte de Griffe to nettle her occasional investigative partner--and romantic sparring partner--the pompous if dashing Professor Penrose. But with his boorish table manners, wild mane of hair, and habit of prowling away the wee hours, the Comte has shredded Ophelia's last nerve. She intends to disengage from her feral fiancé at his winter hunting party--until Penrose, his lovely new fiancée, and a stagecoach of stranded travelers arrive at the Comte's sprawling château. Soon she can't tell the boars from the bores. When one of the guests is found clawed and bloody in the orangerie, Ophelia is determined to solve the murder before everyone starts believing the local version of Beauty and the Beast. But until the snows melt, she can't trust her eyes--or her heart--since even the most civilized people hold beastly secrets.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
Edition: Berkley Prime Crime mass-market edition.
ISBN: 9780425271643
0425271641
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 18 cm.
Alternative Title: Beauty, beast, & belladonna

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nidofito
Apr 24, 2016

Much, much better than the previous two installments.

We've got a classic case of a murder in the middle of the night with a bunch of strangers living at a mansion. Since we've got such a solid foundation, all that's left is to build upon it with interesting characters. And Chance plays her cards really well his time. Not only have we got a complicated history between Penrose and Flax, their respective betrotheds are also added in. Plus, I think it was very clever to add Flax's fellows from her acting days. And finally, Prue's replacement: Abel was much more interesting so she gets a thumbs up for that as well.

The more isolated setting resulted in a more focused story and made it easier to follow it. And of course, Chance's fairy tale retelling was unique and. Very enjoyable.

Overall, a really good story with a solid foundation, complicated but manageable murder mystery and an unexpected ending that was met with great approval.

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