Scandal in Babylon

Scandal in Babylon

3.83 (208 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.83 (208 ratings by Goodreads)
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"You shall never have a penny of my money. Leave me alone or I will shoot you dead!"

1924. After six months in Hollywood, young British widow Emma Blackstone has come to love her new employer, glamourous movie-star Kitty Flint - even if her late husband's sister is one of the worst actresses she's ever seen. Looking after Kitty and her three adorable Pekinese dogs isn't work Emma dreamed of, but Kitty rescued her when she was all alone in the world. Now, the worst thing academically-minded Emma has to worry about is the shocking historical inaccuracies of the films Kitty stars in.

Until, that is, Rex Festraw - Kitty's first husband, to whom she may or may not still be married - turns up dead in her dressing room, a threatening letter seemingly from Kitty in his pocket.

Emma's certain her flighty but kind-hearted sister-in-law has been framed. But who by? And why? From spiteful rivals to jealous boyfriends, the suspects are numerous. But as Emma investigates, she begins to untangle a deadly plot - and there's something Kitty's not telling her . . .

This gripping first in a brand-new series from NYT-bestselling author Barbara Hambly brings the sights and sounds of Hollywood to life and is a perfect pick for fans of female-fronted historical mysteries set in the roaring twenties.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 146 x 222 x 23mm | 425g
  • Severn House
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • No
  • 0727890387
  • 9780727890382
  • 2,067,894

Review quote

This splendid romp is sure to win Hambly new fans * Publishers Weekly Starred Review * Exhilarating, exasperating, and dangerous . A sparkling series launch featuring Hollywood hijinks and a clever sleuth * Kirkus Reviews * Emma. . .feels fresh: not merely another flapper-era amateur sleuth, but rather a vibrant, intelligent woman with whom readers will enjoy spending time * Booklist * Outstanding ... Hambly's masterful historical detail, scrupulous character portrayal, and psychological analysis of human frailties contribute handsomely to her storytelling * Publishers Weekly Starred Review of House of the Patriarch * A fine entry in impressive series * Booklist on House of the Patriarch * A must-read * Booklist Starred Review of Lady of Perdition * Riveting * Kirkus Reviews on Lady of Perdition * Hambly's exceptional knowledge of history and her deft touch at imbuing emotion into her characters ... will make this another fan favorite * Booklist on Prisoner of Midnight *
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About Barbara Hambly

Barbara Hambly, though a native of Southern California, lived in New Orleans for a number of years while married to the late science fiction writer George Alec Effinger. Hambly holds a degree in medieval history from the University of California and has written novels in numerous genres.
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Rating details

208 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 27% (57)
4 40% (84)
3 23% (47)
2 7% (15)
1 2% (5)
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