The Bloodied Cravat

The Bloodied Cravat

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
The third in this dashing mystery series finds the arbiter of fashion attending the Duchess of York's birthday celebration. But when one of the guests is found murdered-with one of the Duchess' hair ornaments stuck in his throat-Beau must clear her name by deducing the identity of the culprit.

"[Stevens'] mastery of the language and knowledge of the conventions and morals of the British aristocracy allow her story to ring true. With a cast of enjoyable characters, both real and fictional, and a string of red herrings, hidden motives and plot twists as intricate as a well-tied cravat, this story will delight both historical mystery and Regency fans." (Publishers Weekly)

Baker & Taylor
While attending the Duchess of York's birthday celebration, London's arbiter of fashion Beau Brummell is called upon to solve a mystery when one of the guests is murdered with one of the duchess's hair ornaments.

Blackwell North Amer
Beau Brummell arrived punctually at the estate of Frederica, the Duchess of York, as her special guest for her birthday celebration. Unfortunately, his valet - and his valises full of proper attire - have gone missing, leaving the arbiter of fashion out of fashion for his first night as Freddie's guest. When Beau's valet does appear, he reveals the shocking news that he was set upon by highwaymen, who stole most of his master's luggage - including an indiscreet letter that Freddie wrote to Beau, which could embroil them both in scandal.
Once Freddie's other quests arrive, Beau puts his worries aside and turns his attention to ensuring her birthday remains pleasant. Not an easy task, considering one of the party is the horrid Lord Kendrick - whose notorious reputation rings true when he behaves badly with several women. When he's found dead with one of Freddie's hair ornaments lodged in his throat, Beau is hardly surprised. But he cannot stand by and allow her to be accused of the crime - even if she is angry with him for keeping her letter and allowing it to fall into the wrong hands. Devasted that he has wronged the woman he adores, Beau must collect himself to find the true killer, and retrieve the letter that is now being used to blackmail Freddie.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2002
ISBN: 9780425185391
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY STE
Characteristics: x, 291 p. ;,22 cm.


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