With the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the ascension of her son Edward to the throne saw the start of the brief period in British history known as the Edwardian era. It was an age marked by a renewed interest in fashion and the stirrings of great social change, but it was one with rigid social rules, where class reigned supreme. With this tension between the old and the new, it is no surprise that this period has provided plenty of material for writers over the years.
But with the recent runaway success of the British television series Downton Abbey in the both the US and the UK, a new generation has come to appreciate the drama that the Edwardian period has to offer. The craze has seen the re-issuing of contemporary works, from non-fiction first-hand accounts of life as a servant in an aristocratic home through to fiction works by authors such as Rudyard Kipling, G. K. Chesterton, and E. M. Forster. It has even seen articles in cookery magazines about period dining, and articles in Vogue about the makeup and dress of the period.
St Martin’s Press has recently revealed that it will be re-releasing all of M.C Beaton's four Edwardian Murder Mysteries in a new trade paperback binding in the US. Detailing the adventures of Lady Rose Summer, the mysteries follow the headstrong and wayward debutante as she tries to steer a course between scandal and stuffy responsibility, and finds herself time and again drawn into murder. We will give you details of the new editions as soon as they are available, but until then you can find details of all the currently available editions (with links to online retailers) on the Edwardian Murder Mysteries page.
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