Snobbery with Violence, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


After a brief and ill-advised dalliance with the Suffragette movement, Lady Rose Summers' debut season in London society turns out to be a complete disaster.

Rose's father suspects that her fiance, Sir Geoffrey Blandon, is a first class scoundrel and calls in Captain Harry Cathcart to investigate. But when a malicious guest is found dead in suspicious circumstances, Rose becomes far more interested in discovering the truth than in landing a more appropriate suitor.

As Harry and Rose begin to unravel this web of lies and rumours, a clever murderer sets out to make Rose's disastrous first season her last.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781849012898



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Formulaic but still quite diverting, although not up to the standard of Agatha Raison or Hamish MacBeth. Will probably read others in the series.

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Snobbery With Violence is the first in the series of M.C. Beaton's Edwardian murder mysteries, featuring Lady Rose Summer and Captain Harry Cathcart. The set-up reminded me of Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series, which I initially loved but eventually lost interest in, so I'm hoping these characters stay fresh and funny for longer. Lady Rose is a sheltered and spoiled debutante whose first London season is marred by her brief but enthusiastic involvement in the women's suffrage movement. Her name is dragged through the 'gutter press' - the Daily Mail, hah - and she instantly loses value in the marriage market, becoming more of a plaything than a potential wife. Her father employs the services of a moody retired captain named Cathcart to check up on Lady Rose's current suitor, and keeps him on to prevent an unwelcome visit from the womanizing King Edward. Cathcart develops a reputation for being a discreet detective, which he considers developing into a career, and keeps an eye on Lady Rose, following her to a house party in a gothic pile where the hosts are hiding a dark secret.The style of Beaton's novel is a mash-up of traditional 'cosy' detective novels and P.G. Wodehouse, with eccentric characters, farcical situations, and a nod to Edwardian etiquette. Lady Rose is great fun, resisting her fate and antagonising her parents by hiring a chirpy Cockney lady's maid, and Cathcart is suitably brooding and mysterious. They are obviously going to get together, which can either add to the fun, like Nick and Nora, or turn a detective series into a romance. The continual harping on class inequality - the rich getting richer, the poor getting nothing, and servants getting angry - might seem slightly overdone, except that the early twentieth century was ripe for social change, which was eventually brought on by the First World War.The murder mystery itself was rather lacklustre, but for the first novel in the series, I was more interested in the characters, who did not disappoint.
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This was a light enjoyable reading. It's a cosy mystery set in the Edwardian period. A young lady who has her season and should be getting married, failed to do so because she wouldn't accept the female aristocratic rules of that time. A good deal more she got herself involved to solve a mystery and therefore put herself into danger. A former Captain who was injured and not a beauty himself neither in looks nor character was trying to solve the puzzle too. Their servants were thinking that both of them would made a good match and were trying to keep their masters close to each other.

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