Book Review: A Murderous Marriage by Alyssa Maxwell (2019)

A Murderous Marriage is a mystery novel written by Alyssa Maxwell. The story takes place in the 1920s and follows the main character, Lady Phoebe Renshaw, as she investigates a murder that takes place at a high society wedding.

Lady Phoebe Renshaw is a member of the aristocracy and a well-known amateur sleuth. As the novel opens, she is attending the wedding of her close friend, Julia. The wedding is an elaborate affair, attended by many of London’s most prominent socialites. However, as the guests gather to witness the nuptials, tragedy strikes when the groom’s estranged father is found dead in the church.

As Lady Phoebe begins to investigate the murder, she realizes that the groom’s family has a number of secrets and a long-standing feud with the victim. Despite the danger and the pressure to solve the case quickly, Lady Phoebe is determined to uncover the truth and bring the killer to justice.

As Lady Phoebe delves deeper into the investigation, she discovers that the victim had a number of enemies, including the groom’s family, who had been cut out of the will. Lady Phoebe also uncovers a scandal involving Julia’s father, a prominent member of society, who may have been involved in the murder.

As the investigation progresses, Lady Phoebe must navigate a web of lies, secrets, and betrayals, and face the possibility that the killer may be someone she knows. She also faces personal challenges when her fiancé, Inspector James Bowen, becomes the lead investigator on the case and tensions rise between them.

In the end, Lady Phoebe’s intelligence and quick thinking help her solve the case, and the murderer is brought to justice. The investigation also leads to a resolution of the feud between the groom’s family and the victim, as well as the exposure of Julia’s father’s scandal.

As the novel comes to a close, Lady Phoebe reflects on the events of the case and realizes that she has grown as a person and as a detective. She also acknowledges that her relationship with James has been strengthened by their shared experiences and challenges.

A Murderous Marriage is a gripping mystery that combines elements of romance, family drama, and murder. With its vivid descriptions of high society life in the 1920s, complex characters, and thrilling plot twists, the novel is sure to delight fans of the mystery genre. You can get a copy of the book from Amazon here.


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