Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble


Today I'm participating in the Tell Me No Lies Blog Tour.  In this post you'll find book and author information along with my review.  And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a print copy of the book.

About the book . . . 
Tell Me No Lies: A Lady Dunbridge Mystery
 Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Forge Books (November 5, 2019)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 0765398745
 ISBN-13: 978-0765398741
Kindle ASIN: B07LF6FR2L

Synopsis . . .

Miss Fisher meets Downton Abbey in Tell Me No Lies, part of the critically acclaimed Lady Dunbridge Mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble.

Rise and shine, Countess,  you're about to have a visitor.
Lady Dunbridge was not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s come to New York City, ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm. The social events of the summer have been amusing but Lady Phil is searching for more excitement—and she finds it, when an early morning visitor arrives, begging for her help. After all, Lady Phil has been known to be useful in a crisis. Especially when the crisis involves the untimely death of a handsome young business tycoon.
His death could send another financial panic through Wall Street and beyond.
With the elegant Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the opulent mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast as the backdrop, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.

My review . . . In Tell Me No Lies, the second book in the Lady Dunbridge mystery series, author Shelley Noble reprises her winning formula of spinning a tale with the most irresistible elements: Gilded-Age Manhattan high society, romance, rogues, scandal, intrigue, and delicious gossip.

Since relocating to New York City, Lady Philomena Dunbridge has proven herself to be a trustworthy and resourceful confidant—one to whom wealthy women turn when they find themselves or their families at risk of scandal and ruin.  Thus, when Perry Fauks, the young heir apparent to a manufacturing company fortune is found murdered at the Pratt mansion after an extravagant gala, Gwen Pratt calls upon Lady Phil for guidance.  Indeed, just the slightest hint of scandal can undermine patriarch Luther’s prospects for an appointment to the Banking Commission and daughter Agnes’s social reputation.

Just who stands to gain from the murder of Perry Fauks?  Detective Sergeant John Atkins is formally assigned to the case, but it is soon apparent that powerful people are determined to derail his investigation.  Reluctantly, he turns to Lady Phil for assistance.  She proves to be an astute ally, using her access to the scene of the crime and her social connections quite effectively.  Phil discovers that Perry was a cad in both his personal and business lives, operating outside of acceptable norms.  Was Perry’s murder revenge for his personal peccadillos, or retribution for a shady scheme that caused financial devastation for several in his circle?  In either case, there is a substantial number of suspects.

Tell Me No Lies is filled with vivid historical detail and a lively cast of above- and below-stairs characters—a veritable New York-style Downton Abbey.  Protagonist Lady Phil is a force to be reckoned with, and her playful banter with DS Atkins is highly spirited and entertaining.  Moreover, Noble uses the classic technique of drawing room questioning of the assembled group of characters to great advantage, and the daring chase to capture the fleeing killer after the identity is revealed is icing on the cake.

Author Shelley Noble has created an exciting series with massive appeal for fans of cozy mysteries, historical fiction, and old New York.  And while Tell Me No Lies brings Lady Dunbridge’s latest adventure to a satisfying close, it also leaves readers pondering ongoing mysteries still swirling around our heroine: Who is her faithful lady’s maid Lily?  Who is the anonymous donor responsible for funding Phil’s lavish apartment at the Plaza Hotel? And who is Mr. X, the mystery man and master of disguise watching over Phil, providing perfectly-timed clues for her investigations?   Such curiosities give ample reason to anxiously await the further escapades of Lady Philomena Dunbridge.

Giveaway . . . Enter the Tell Me No Lies Giveaway of a print copy of the book by scrolling down the tour page using this link.

About the author . . . Shelley Noble is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction (Beach Colors, Whisper Beach, Lighthouse Beach), and the author of the Lady Dunbridge Gilded Age Manhattan mysteries. Tell Me No Lies is the latest of the series.

She has written eighteen amateur sleuth and historical mystery novels and novellas as Shelley Freydont (The Sudoku Murders, Celebration Bay mysteries), and The Gilded Age Newport mysteries.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore where she loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses, vintage carousels, and the past.

Author links . . .

Website:  https://www.shelleynoble.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ShelleyNobleAuthor
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ShelleyNoble3
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/shelleynobleauthor/

Purchase links . . .      Amazon     B & N      Kobo

Blog Tours 

Tour participants . . .
November 4 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
November 4 – Reading Reality – REVIEW
November 5 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT
November 5 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 6 – Here’s How It Happened – GUEST POST
November 6 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
November 7 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW
November 7 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
November 7 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 8 – Reading Is My SuperPower – GUEST POST
November 8 – Diary of a Book Fiend – REVIEW
November 8 – Laura’s Interests – SPOTLIGHT
November 9 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
November 9 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
November 10 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT
November 11 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 11 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW
November 12 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW  
November 12 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW
November 13 – I Read What You Write – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 13 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Tell Me No Lies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.  Sharing this original post on Twitter and/or other blogs with appropriate recognition is appreciated. 


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