“Death Among Rubies” by R. J. Koreto is set in Edwardian England and spotlights Frances Ffolkes, the sister of a Marquis. She is very active in civic organizations and a suffragette, which dismays her brother tremendously. She is very independent and lives in a hotel for ladies instead of the family home. Her dutiful lady’s maid, June Mallow is her constant companion and fellow sleuth.
In this novel, the second featuring Lady Frances Ffolkes, we are invited to Kestrel Eyrie, a fabled estate belonging to one of Frances’ friends. This friend, Gwen, is a sweet, unassuming young woman who is a special friend to Tommie. These three women are active in a woman’s suffragette movement which is frowned upon by most of the men of this era. This special relationship between Gwen and Tommie is not looked upon with favor and the two are the recipients of some threatening notes and confrontations. In working to solve the mystery of who is behind these threats, while they are staying at Gwen’s ancestral home with her family, Gwen’s father is stabbed with a jeweled dagger. There is much intrigue and speculation among the important government figures who are at the house and also among the staff and other visitors.
Lady Frances, along with Mallow, her maid, insinuate themselves in many situations which are dangerous, not to mention unladylike. Lady Frances’ brother is a member of Parliament and is not happy with his sister’s nose if everyone else’s business.
I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first in the series, “Death on the Sapphire”. I most enjoy reading about the people and historical times of this series. I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.