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Cut to the Quick, ROSS, Kate
1 6125 ROSS, Kate Cut to the Quick
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1993, 1994; 337 pages Very Good- 
Light spine and cover creases, light edgewear, front free endpaper removed, a few page corners creased; interior pages clean, none loose.; Our introduction to the unflappable Julian Kestrel, 'the very model of a proper Beau Brummel-except for his unusual willingness to plunge headlong into murder investigations. And an investigation's hard to avoid when, during an elegant weekend at a friend's country estate, a beautiful young murder victim turns up in his bed. With the help of his Cockney manservant, Dipper, Kestrel sets out to find the killer'. Highly recommended, unfortunately there are only four mysteries in this series as the author passed away in 1998.; Recommended by Jerri C. of the ATS and the Georgette Heyer, Angela Thirkell, and DE Stevenson e-mail discussion groups. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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Devil in Music, The, ROSS, Kate
2 7127 ROSS, Kate Devil in Music, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1997, 1998; First Paperback Edition 496 pages Very Good 
No spine creases but book curved/bent as if stored for a long time in a box that was too full (?), covers have light edgewear; interior pages clean, none loose.; The fourth and, unfortunately, final mystery in the Regency Julian Kestrel series, is set in early 19th century Northern Italy. Highly recommended, there are only four mysteries in this enjoyable series as the author passed away in 1998.; 'At a mist-shrouded villa on Lake Como, an Italian nobleman is grooming a young English tenor for a career on the glittering operatic stage. Before their sojourn is over, one will die by violence and the other will disappear. Enter Julian Kestrel, Regency dandy and amateur sleuth. Travelling on the Continent with his ex-pickpocket valet, Dipper, Kestrel is irresistibly drawn into this baffling murder case. Among the suspects are a runaway wife and her male soprano lover; a liberal nobleman at odds with Italy's Austrian overlords; a mocking Frenchman with perfect pitch; and a beautiful, clever woman who begins to haunt Kestrel's dreams. Soon Kestrel is caught between the shadowy Carbonari - secret rebels against the Austrians - and the equally ruthless Austrian-sponsored police. But at the heart of the mystery is the captivating tenor known only as "Orfeo." Was he a political agent? A callous adventurer? A jealous lover? These questions take on a new urgency when the killer strikes again. And as Kestrel uncovers the truth, he risks becoming the next victim. '

Recommended by Jerri C. of the ATS and the Georgette Heyer, Angela Thirkell, and DE Stevenson e-mail discussion groups and by Norma H. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.25 USD

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Whom the Gods Love, ROSS, Kate [Katherine Jean Ross]
3 7008 ROSS, Kate [Katherine Jean Ross] Whom the Gods Love
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1995, 1996; 382 pages Very Good- 
Spine lightly creased, covers edgeworn, laminate beginning to lift at edges, pages pale yellow but clean, none loose.; The third mystery in this enjoyable series set in Regency England. Unfortunately the author died quite young and there are only four books featuring the 'dandyish man-about-town' amateur sleuth Julian Kestrel.; "Alexander Falkland hasn't an enemy in the world. Young, talented, and charming, he shines in every field he enters: law, architecture, the investment market. But one night his luck runs out with a vengeance. In the midst of one of his famous parties, he is found with his head smashed, a bloodstained poker beside him. No wonder the inscription on his grave reads: Whom the Gods Love Die Young.

When the Bow Street Runners fail to solve the crime, Alexander's distraught father turns to Julian Kestrel, elegant dandy and intrepid amateur sleuth. Soon Kestrel is up to his ears in suspects-and enigmas. Who was Alexander, really? Social reformer or butterfly, devoted husband or rake? Kestrel must peel off one mask after another, until at last he discovers an Alexander no one knew -- except, perhaps, the killer."

Recommended by Jerri C. of the ATS and the Georgette Heyer, Angela Thirkell, and DE Stevenson e-mail discussion groups and by Norma H. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 5.95 USD

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