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A Fatal Fondness (Mary MacDougall Mysteries)
by Richard Audry
A Fatal Fondness (Mary MacDougall Mysteries)
4th in Series
Conger Road Press (November 15, 2019)
Print Length: 300 pages
It’s September 1902, and Mary MacDougall has fulfilled her greatest dream—opening her own detective agency. But this achievement doesn’t come without complication.
Mary’s father insists that an older cousin come to work with her—as both secretary and minder. Jeanette Harrison pledges to keep the plucky sleuth away from danger, as well as from her unsuitable suitor Edmond Roy. This arrangement, embarrassingly, makes Mary the only detective in the state with a chaperone.
The new agency’s first cases hardly seem to portend danger or significance. There’s the affair of the nicked napkin rings…the problem of the purloined pocket watch…and the matter of the four filched felines.
Mary and Jeanette have not the slightest notion that one of these modest little jobs will blow up into the most consequential and perilous case of the heiress-sleuth’s budding career. What begins in triviality mushrooms into disappearance, betrayal, international intrigue, and murder. As she learns more and more, Mary’s prospects for making the acquaintance of an assassin’s blade improve exponentially.
Witty, fast-paced, and enthralling, A Fatal Fondness—the fourth tale in the series—delves deeply into Mary’s world and paints the portrait of an unconventional young woman ever-ready to defy propriety for the sake of justice.
“In the spirit of Nancy Drew and the Corner House Girls… [The author] captures the turn-of-the-century period perfectly, when young women like Mary were trying to burst out of Victorian expectations to become their own person.” —Mary Ann Grossmann, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Richard Audry is the pen name of D. R. Martin. He is the author of the Mary MacDougall historical mysteries (four titles) and the King Harald canine cozy series (three titles). Under his own name, he has written the Johnny Graphic ghost adventure trilogy, the Marta Hjelm hardboiled mystery Smoking Ruin, and two books on some of his favorite authors: Travis McGee & Me and Four Science Fiction Masters.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/richardaudryauthor/
Website – https://drmartinbooks.com/
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MY REVIEW (5 stars)
I really enjoyed Richard Audry’s latest historical novel, A FATAL FONDNESS. He has captured the first few years of the 20th century very well; from clothes, speech, social status, and transportation, to the prejudices of class and the attitudes about the place of women in society.
Mary MacDougall is the main protagonist, and feisty she is! She’s determined to follow her unladylike dream of becoming a consulting detective. She has the guts and the brain power, now if only her family, friends, and a certain policeman would agree.
Her detective agency has a spanking new office in downtown Duluth. Her cousin Jeanette is her secretary and co-investigator, as well as the cool head of the operation. By order of Mary’s father, she is also the chaperone for the willful nineteen-year-old, Mary. Jeanette succeeds at most of her duties, but keeping Mary safe – and away from the handsome artist she’s taken a fancy to – is mostly beyond her.
Right away the agency catches two small cases. Four precious cats have gone missing, as well as a valuable watch, the only possession of a ragged street boy. You will see these cases delightfully intertwining with the big major case as the story enfolds.
Murder, high-intrigue, deception, ancient rituals, grief and justice, all come Mary’s way. She, with the help of her frustrated cousin, neatly orders them all, in between attempting a secret and sometime disappointing flirtation.
By the end of the book, Mary MacDougall – after solving all the mysteries by sheer determination – has made quite a name for herself, and gained the begrudging respect of her father and the cop.
I liked this book so much; I ordered the previous two volumes to read. But I am especially eager to read the next one – Mary MacDougall, as a spy in pre-war Europe?? Wow!
PS: I was surprised at the “fatal fondness” revealed in the book. It’s not what you think.
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