Murder Most Malicious

Murder Most Malicious

In post?World War I England, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady's maid, Eva Huntford, step outside of their social roles and put their lives at risk to apprehend a vicious killer. . . December 1918: As a difficult year draws to a close, there is much to celebrate for nineteen-year-old Phoebe Renshaw and her three siblings at their beloved family estate of Foxwood Hall. The dr In post?World War I England, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady's maid, Eva Huntford, step outside of their social ...

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Title:Murder Most Malicious
Author:Alyssa Maxwell
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1617738301
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Murder Most Malicious Reviews

  • Sharon
    Mar 28, 2018

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

    What a great first book I the series! This mystery takes place in England just after the first world war over Christmas. Lord Allerton and Julia are overhead having an argument Christmas eve. The next day, he goes missing. Eva, Phoebe's maid, along with all the servants are given gifts...

    Phoebe, middle granddaughter of Lord Wroxley, and Eva, maid to the three girls, have both suffered losses in the Great War, but it's Christmas now, and time to celebrate. But Eva and some of the other servants find unwelcome surprises in their Christmas boxes--in Eva's case, a signet r...

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC. The different personalities and characters boldly adhere to their time period and station in life toward the world and each other. Sometimes this is stifling and hard to read from a modern view, but I like the way Alyssa Maxwell wr...

    3.75 stars I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own. This was an interesting historical mystery, featuring an unlikely upstairs-downstairs lady and maid sleuthing combo. Wonderful behind the scene glimpses of life after the Great War. ...

    This mystery takes place during the same time period as Downton Abbey. It is Boxing Day, right after the end of World War I but when the servants find pieces of Lord Allerton in with their presents, things are far from jolly. I was totally surprised by the ending - I suspected everyon...

    What a wonderful debut! Even though I knew who the murderer was from their introduction into the story, it didn't detract from the story. I loved reading about the whole Upstairs/Downstairs relationships and goings on below stairs. Lady Phoebe and her lady's maid, Eva make for a great ...

    3.5 stars, since it picked up in the later part of the book. It's strongly reminiscent of Downton Abbey in setting, and the three sisters, too (gorgeous and bored, "plain" and intelligent, pretty and youngest). They also have a younger brother, and live with their titled grandparents i...

    I enjoyed this tale set in postwar England, as a wealthy family prepares to shake off the sadness of the war years and celebrate the betrothal of the eldest daughter to a marquis who is currently their house guest. Lady Phoebe Renshaw, sister to the beautiful Julia, is shocked to overh...

    An elegant mystery, where things are not always what they seem. Alyssa Maxwell deftly weaves a tale of a gruesome murder among the nobility. Her protagonists, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford, are a perfect match in intellect, charm and sheer plucky determination to see t...

    Enjoyable Mystery I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and was thrilled when l won it! Set post WWI England Lord Henry disappears and on boxing day grisly items show up in the packages of the staff of Foxwood Hall. The staff are all called in and questioned by the p...

  • Trish
    Jan 01, 2016

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

  • BRNTerri
    Oct 19, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

  • Aaron
    Oct 27, 2017

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

  • Angie
    Dec 27, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

  • Susan
    Feb 06, 2016

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

    What a great first book I the series! This mystery takes place in England just after the first world war over Christmas. Lord Allerton and Julia are overhead having an argument Christmas eve. The next day, he goes missing. Eva, Phoebe's maid, along with all the servants are given gifts...

    Phoebe, middle granddaughter of Lord Wroxley, and Eva, maid to the three girls, have both suffered losses in the Great War, but it's Christmas now, and time to celebrate. But Eva and some of the other servants find unwelcome surprises in their Christmas boxes--in Eva's case, a signet r...

  • Delaina
    Dec 09, 2017

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

    What a great first book I the series! This mystery takes place in England just after the first world war over Christmas. Lord Allerton and Julia are overhead having an argument Christmas eve. The next day, he goes missing. Eva, Phoebe's maid, along with all the servants are given gifts...

    Phoebe, middle granddaughter of Lord Wroxley, and Eva, maid to the three girls, have both suffered losses in the Great War, but it's Christmas now, and time to celebrate. But Eva and some of the other servants find unwelcome surprises in their Christmas boxes--in Eva's case, a signet r...

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC. The different personalities and characters boldly adhere to their time period and station in life toward the world and each other. Sometimes this is stifling and hard to read from a modern view, but I like the way Alyssa Maxwell wr...

    3.75 stars I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own. This was an interesting historical mystery, featuring an unlikely upstairs-downstairs lady and maid sleuthing combo. Wonderful behind the scene glimpses of life after the Great War. ...

    This mystery takes place during the same time period as Downton Abbey. It is Boxing Day, right after the end of World War I but when the servants find pieces of Lord Allerton in with their presents, things are far from jolly. I was totally surprised by the ending - I suspected everyon...

    What a wonderful debut! Even though I knew who the murderer was from their introduction into the story, it didn't detract from the story. I loved reading about the whole Upstairs/Downstairs relationships and goings on below stairs. Lady Phoebe and her lady's maid, Eva make for a great ...

    3.5 stars, since it picked up in the later part of the book. It's strongly reminiscent of Downton Abbey in setting, and the three sisters, too (gorgeous and bored, "plain" and intelligent, pretty and youngest). They also have a younger brother, and live with their titled grandparents i...

  • Kelley
    Oct 01, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

    What a great first book I the series! This mystery takes place in England just after the first world war over Christmas. Lord Allerton and Julia are overhead having an argument Christmas eve. The next day, he goes missing. Eva, Phoebe's maid, along with all the servants are given gifts...

    Phoebe, middle granddaughter of Lord Wroxley, and Eva, maid to the three girls, have both suffered losses in the Great War, but it's Christmas now, and time to celebrate. But Eva and some of the other servants find unwelcome surprises in their Christmas boxes--in Eva's case, a signet r...

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC. The different personalities and characters boldly adhere to their time period and station in life toward the world and each other. Sometimes this is stifling and hard to read from a modern view, but I like the way Alyssa Maxwell wr...

    3.75 stars I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own. This was an interesting historical mystery, featuring an unlikely upstairs-downstairs lady and maid sleuthing combo. Wonderful behind the scene glimpses of life after the Great War. ...

    This mystery takes place during the same time period as Downton Abbey. It is Boxing Day, right after the end of World War I but when the servants find pieces of Lord Allerton in with their presents, things are far from jolly. I was totally surprised by the ending - I suspected everyon...

    What a wonderful debut! Even though I knew who the murderer was from their introduction into the story, it didn't detract from the story. I loved reading about the whole Upstairs/Downstairs relationships and goings on below stairs. Lady Phoebe and her lady's maid, Eva make for a great ...

  • Linda Baker
    Dec 01, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

  • outis
    May 19, 2018

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

  • Hilary
    Dec 08, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

  • LORI CASWELL
    Jan 02, 2016

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

  • Judy Lesley
    Dec 06, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

  • Gail
    Apr 12, 2018

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

    What a great first book I the series! This mystery takes place in England just after the first world war over Christmas. Lord Allerton and Julia are overhead having an argument Christmas eve. The next day, he goes missing. Eva, Phoebe's maid, along with all the servants are given gifts...

    Phoebe, middle granddaughter of Lord Wroxley, and Eva, maid to the three girls, have both suffered losses in the Great War, but it's Christmas now, and time to celebrate. But Eva and some of the other servants find unwelcome surprises in their Christmas boxes--in Eva's case, a signet r...

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC. The different personalities and characters boldly adhere to their time period and station in life toward the world and each other. Sometimes this is stifling and hard to read from a modern view, but I like the way Alyssa Maxwell wr...

    3.75 stars I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own. This was an interesting historical mystery, featuring an unlikely upstairs-downstairs lady and maid sleuthing combo. Wonderful behind the scene glimpses of life after the Great War. ...

    This mystery takes place during the same time period as Downton Abbey. It is Boxing Day, right after the end of World War I but when the servants find pieces of Lord Allerton in with their presents, things are far from jolly. I was totally surprised by the ending - I suspected everyon...

    What a wonderful debut! Even though I knew who the murderer was from their introduction into the story, it didn't detract from the story. I loved reading about the whole Upstairs/Downstairs relationships and goings on below stairs. Lady Phoebe and her lady's maid, Eva make for a great ...

    3.5 stars, since it picked up in the later part of the book. It's strongly reminiscent of Downton Abbey in setting, and the three sisters, too (gorgeous and bored, "plain" and intelligent, pretty and youngest). They also have a younger brother, and live with their titled grandparents i...

    I enjoyed this tale set in postwar England, as a wealthy family prepares to shake off the sadness of the war years and celebrate the betrothal of the eldest daughter to a marquis who is currently their house guest. Lady Phoebe Renshaw, sister to the beautiful Julia, is shocked to overh...

  • Janet Robel
    Aug 31, 2018

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

  • Kristen
    Feb 09, 2016

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

  • Anna Loan-Wilsey
    Apr 21, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

  • Lia Marcoux
    Nov 19, 2018

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

  • Rosemary Marcellino
    Nov 25, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

  • Dolores
    Nov 25, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

    What a great first book I the series! This mystery takes place in England just after the first world war over Christmas. Lord Allerton and Julia are overhead having an argument Christmas eve. The next day, he goes missing. Eva, Phoebe's maid, along with all the servants are given gifts...

  • Sharon
    Dec 13, 2016

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

    What a great first book I the series! This mystery takes place in England just after the first world war over Christmas. Lord Allerton and Julia are overhead having an argument Christmas eve. The next day, he goes missing. Eva, Phoebe's maid, along with all the servants are given gifts...

    Phoebe, middle granddaughter of Lord Wroxley, and Eva, maid to the three girls, have both suffered losses in the Great War, but it's Christmas now, and time to celebrate. But Eva and some of the other servants find unwelcome surprises in their Christmas boxes--in Eva's case, a signet r...

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC. The different personalities and characters boldly adhere to their time period and station in life toward the world and each other. Sometimes this is stifling and hard to read from a modern view, but I like the way Alyssa Maxwell wr...

    3.75 stars I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own. This was an interesting historical mystery, featuring an unlikely upstairs-downstairs lady and maid sleuthing combo. Wonderful behind the scene glimpses of life after the Great War. ...

    This mystery takes place during the same time period as Downton Abbey. It is Boxing Day, right after the end of World War I but when the servants find pieces of Lord Allerton in with their presents, things are far from jolly. I was totally surprised by the ending - I suspected everyon...

  • nikkia neil
    Dec 17, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

    What a great first book I the series! This mystery takes place in England just after the first world war over Christmas. Lord Allerton and Julia are overhead having an argument Christmas eve. The next day, he goes missing. Eva, Phoebe's maid, along with all the servants are given gifts...

    Phoebe, middle granddaughter of Lord Wroxley, and Eva, maid to the three girls, have both suffered losses in the Great War, but it's Christmas now, and time to celebrate. But Eva and some of the other servants find unwelcome surprises in their Christmas boxes--in Eva's case, a signet r...

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC. The different personalities and characters boldly adhere to their time period and station in life toward the world and each other. Sometimes this is stifling and hard to read from a modern view, but I like the way Alyssa Maxwell wr...

  • Lorraine
    Sep 22, 2016

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

  • Mave
    Jan 17, 2016

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

  • QNPoohBear
    Jan 10, 2016

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

  • Judith
    May 17, 2018

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

    What a great first book I the series! This mystery takes place in England just after the first world war over Christmas. Lord Allerton and Julia are overhead having an argument Christmas eve. The next day, he goes missing. Eva, Phoebe's maid, along with all the servants are given gifts...

    Phoebe, middle granddaughter of Lord Wroxley, and Eva, maid to the three girls, have both suffered losses in the Great War, but it's Christmas now, and time to celebrate. But Eva and some of the other servants find unwelcome surprises in their Christmas boxes--in Eva's case, a signet r...

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC. The different personalities and characters boldly adhere to their time period and station in life toward the world and each other. Sometimes this is stifling and hard to read from a modern view, but I like the way Alyssa Maxwell wr...

    3.75 stars I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own. This was an interesting historical mystery, featuring an unlikely upstairs-downstairs lady and maid sleuthing combo. Wonderful behind the scene glimpses of life after the Great War. ...

    This mystery takes place during the same time period as Downton Abbey. It is Boxing Day, right after the end of World War I but when the servants find pieces of Lord Allerton in with their presents, things are far from jolly. I was totally surprised by the ending - I suspected everyon...

    What a wonderful debut! Even though I knew who the murderer was from their introduction into the story, it didn't detract from the story. I loved reading about the whole Upstairs/Downstairs relationships and goings on below stairs. Lady Phoebe and her lady's maid, Eva make for a great ...

    3.5 stars, since it picked up in the later part of the book. It's strongly reminiscent of Downton Abbey in setting, and the three sisters, too (gorgeous and bored, "plain" and intelligent, pretty and youngest). They also have a younger brother, and live with their titled grandparents i...

    I enjoyed this tale set in postwar England, as a wealthy family prepares to shake off the sadness of the war years and celebrate the betrothal of the eldest daughter to a marquis who is currently their house guest. Lady Phoebe Renshaw, sister to the beautiful Julia, is shocked to overh...

    An elegant mystery, where things are not always what they seem. Alyssa Maxwell deftly weaves a tale of a gruesome murder among the nobility. Her protagonists, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford, are a perfect match in intellect, charm and sheer plucky determination to see t...

    Enjoyable Mystery I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and was thrilled when l won it! Set post WWI England Lord Henry disappears and on boxing day grisly items show up in the packages of the staff of Foxwood Hall. The staff are all called in and questioned by the p...

    Even more charming that book #2, which I read first as it was on our library's "new" shelf, this mystery is very cleverly plotted, and false clues and misleading motivations of the characters challenge the reader to predict who dunnit. Fans of the PBS series (I forget the name; I wasn'...

  • Daniella Bernett
    Feb 21, 2018

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

    What a great first book I the series! This mystery takes place in England just after the first world war over Christmas. Lord Allerton and Julia are overhead having an argument Christmas eve. The next day, he goes missing. Eva, Phoebe's maid, along with all the servants are given gifts...

    Phoebe, middle granddaughter of Lord Wroxley, and Eva, maid to the three girls, have both suffered losses in the Great War, but it's Christmas now, and time to celebrate. But Eva and some of the other servants find unwelcome surprises in their Christmas boxes--in Eva's case, a signet r...

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC. The different personalities and characters boldly adhere to their time period and station in life toward the world and each other. Sometimes this is stifling and hard to read from a modern view, but I like the way Alyssa Maxwell wr...

    3.75 stars I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own. This was an interesting historical mystery, featuring an unlikely upstairs-downstairs lady and maid sleuthing combo. Wonderful behind the scene glimpses of life after the Great War. ...

    This mystery takes place during the same time period as Downton Abbey. It is Boxing Day, right after the end of World War I but when the servants find pieces of Lord Allerton in with their presents, things are far from jolly. I was totally surprised by the ending - I suspected everyon...

    What a wonderful debut! Even though I knew who the murderer was from their introduction into the story, it didn't detract from the story. I loved reading about the whole Upstairs/Downstairs relationships and goings on below stairs. Lady Phoebe and her lady's maid, Eva make for a great ...

    3.5 stars, since it picked up in the later part of the book. It's strongly reminiscent of Downton Abbey in setting, and the three sisters, too (gorgeous and bored, "plain" and intelligent, pretty and youngest). They also have a younger brother, and live with their titled grandparents i...

    I enjoyed this tale set in postwar England, as a wealthy family prepares to shake off the sadness of the war years and celebrate the betrothal of the eldest daughter to a marquis who is currently their house guest. Lady Phoebe Renshaw, sister to the beautiful Julia, is shocked to overh...

    An elegant mystery, where things are not always what they seem. Alyssa Maxwell deftly weaves a tale of a gruesome murder among the nobility. Her protagonists, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford, are a perfect match in intellect, charm and sheer plucky determination to see t...

  • Homerun2
    Nov 24, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

    Lady Phoebe Renshaw feels frustrated that even though the war is over and their lives have changed forever, her grandparents go on as they did in the old days. They are desperate to marry off Phoebe's older sister Julia and have invited her latest suitor, Henry Leiton, the Marquis of A...

    World War I has come to a close and the world has been ravaged by the Spanish Flu. Whether lord or servant, everyone in England has been touched by the recent events. The hope is that a new world has begun and the festivities of Christmas 1918 seem like a perfect way to start. The resi...

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, hooked me from the first page. Excellent idea to choose as "detective" two young women from two different social classes, it was fun to see them interact and it was possible to see the lives of the aristocratic class and that of people who work "down...

    This new mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell has possibilities. Book 1 Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell appears to be befuddled - not clear as what characters are playing good characters and which ones are bad. Also I do not know if I am sold on the premise of 'a lady and a lady's ...

    What a wonderful read. Reminiscent of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie, this story is rich in historical details, characters you would love (and hate) to have tea with and a plot that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended. ...

    The first book in a new series is delightful. Phoebe Renshaw is a sweet amateur sleuth. This starts off on Christmas day of 1918 and will appeal to many mystery readers. ...

    Easy plane reading. Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders post-WWI. ...

    Overall I liked this. It was refreshing to read a mystery in the shadow of WWI where the lady detective didn't have a secret husband in a sanatorium (9 out of 10 lady tecs of that era have secret sanatorium husbands). The romance was a little dopey but the friendships/family relationsh...

    GRADE: B-/borderline C This sounded very interesting and indeed parts were, like the foul ?gift? included in several gift boxes for several of the employees of Foxwood Hall. The whole story was very ordinary, slow-paced, and not a whole lot went on. It certainly isn?t action...

    This was a somewhat pleasant reading experience, but definitely not a challenge when it came to knowing who the murderer was going to turn out to be. With such a few suspects to choose from, it really didn't leave a lot of room for suspense. This is a novel which pairs an "upstairs"...

    I must admit that the first sentence in the book put me off, "Henry, don't you dare ignore me!" It sounded like such a cliche and I thought oh no, here comes a stinker. But the book was actually pleasant to read, I would classify it as a beach book, light reading but very little plot d...

    This was okay, but I didn't love it. The story was good, and the sense of place was very well done. The pacing was good to keep the reader's attention. Where this fell down for me was Phoebe as the sleuth. She was just not believeable to me as someone capable of getting informati...

    What a great first book I the series! This mystery takes place in England just after the first world war over Christmas. Lord Allerton and Julia are overhead having an argument Christmas eve. The next day, he goes missing. Eva, Phoebe's maid, along with all the servants are given gifts...

    Phoebe, middle granddaughter of Lord Wroxley, and Eva, maid to the three girls, have both suffered losses in the Great War, but it's Christmas now, and time to celebrate. But Eva and some of the other servants find unwelcome surprises in their Christmas boxes--in Eva's case, a signet r...

    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC. The different personalities and characters boldly adhere to their time period and station in life toward the world and each other. Sometimes this is stifling and hard to read from a modern view, but I like the way Alyssa Maxwell wr...

    3.75 stars I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own. This was an interesting historical mystery, featuring an unlikely upstairs-downstairs lady and maid sleuthing combo. Wonderful behind the scene glimpses of life after the Great War. ...

  • FangirlNation
    Sep 04, 2017

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...

    Dollycas?s Thoughts Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe?s sister, Julia to...

    It is Christmas 1918 in Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, and the Renshaws and their neighbors the Allertons have gathered together to celebrate the new peace. Julia Renshaw is all but engaged to Lord Henry Allerton, but on Christmas, her younger sister Phoebe overhears Julia br...

  • Cthulhu Down My Chimney 2Night
    Nov 19, 2015

    3.5-4 stars... This is what I would call an "upstairs-downstairs" historical mystery novel, most likely the setting inspired by the ever popular Downton Abbey tv series. Time period is just after the end of WWI, (1918). I was delighted that it just after Christmas which is about whe...

    I had high hopes for Murder Most Malicious and was delighted to find that this historical mystery not only met, but exceeded, my expectations. This novel is a wonderful read for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs. It has a great cast of characters both upstairs a...

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Allyssa Maxwell's new mystery set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWI. I had greatly enjoyed her series set in Gilded Age Newport, RI Murder at the Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood). They seemed to me well-researched an...

    There were some interesting historical details, as well as some good reminders of the overlooked sacrifices and effects of WWI, but these were balanced by a few inaccuracies and anachronisms. (view spoiler)[It would be highly unlikely for a murder trial to be successful without a body ...

    Review: MURDER MOST MALICIOUS by Alyssa Maxwell (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 1) MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is an enterprising historical cozy mystery, set in rural England in December 1918, the first peacetime Christmas for Western Europe since the First World War. Life at Foxw...