Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Downton Abbey: The Bedroom

Downton Abbey
The Bedroom

When the day is done and all is tucked in bed, Lady Cora enjoys some quiet time with a book.

She could be reading something like this...

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The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress
by Ariel Lawhon

A tantalizing reimagining of a scandalous mystery that rocked the nation in 1930—Justice Joseph Crater's infamous disappearance—as seen through the eyes of the three women who knew him best.

They say behind every great man, there's a woman. In this case, there are three. Stella Crater, the judge's wife, is the picture of propriety draped in long pearls and the latest Chanel. Ritzi, a leggy showgirl with Broadway aspirations, thinks moonlighting in the judge's bed is the quickest way off the chorus line. Maria Simon, the dutiful maid, has the judge to thank for her husband's recent promotion to detective in the NYPD. Meanwhile, Crater is equally indebted to Tammany Hall leaders and the city's most notorious gangster, Owney "The Killer" Madden.

On a sultry summer night, as rumors circulate about the judge's involvement in wide-scale political corruption, the Honorable Joseph Crater steps into a cab and disappears without a trace. Or does he?

After 39 years of necessary duplicity, Stella Crater is finally ready to reveal what she knows. Sliding into a plush leather banquette at Club Abbey, the site of many absinthe-soaked affairs and the judge's favorite watering hole back in the day, Stella orders two whiskeys on the rocks—one for her and one in honor of her missing husband. Stirring the ice cubes in the lowball glass, Stella begins to tell a tale—of greed, lust, and deceit. As the novel unfolds and the women slyly break out of their prescribed roles, it becomes clear that each knows more than she has initially let on.

With a layered intensity and prose as effervescent as the bubbly that flows every night, The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress is a wickedly entertaining historical mystery that will transport readers to a bygone era with tipsy spins through subterranean jazz clubs and backstage dressing rooms. But beneath the Art Deco skyline and amid the intoxicating smell of smoke and whiskey, the question of why Judge Crater disappeared lingers seductively until a twist in the very last pages.


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VISIT the author, Ariel Lawhon.

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* image source: bedroom scene

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7 comments:

  1. No need to enter me -- but doesn't this book sound so good??

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  2. Love to read this. The author has an interesting blog and her books are arranged in a certain way which is interesting. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. THE WIFE, THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS is now available for pre-order. I did see a Jan 2014 date. Something to look forward to.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  4. Love Ariel's website and blog and the tantalizing snippets of The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress~ It sounds like a wonderful read and I have added it to my TBR List and can't wait to read it~ Thank you for the chance to win a copy~ Cheers~ Elizabeth MacGregor
    stitchingfaery@windstream.net

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  5. I was interested in her reading recommendations as I have never read anything by Moriarty or Kearsley.
    Judie McDonald
    judiemcd@cox.net

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  6. Tweeted about it @Lisamarie5825

    tropicalsunlover05(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/MiltiadouK/status/363204393396477952

    Thank you for the giveaway! I love stories of that time period.
    milkristia(at)hotmail(dot)com

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