Rose Raventhorpe Investigates Series by Janine Beacham
Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Black Cats and Butlers
Can Rose and her league of sword-wielding butlers solve the mystery of Argyle's death? Knives aren't just for cutting cucumber sandwiches, you know When Rose Raventhorpe's beloved butler is found gasp! Especially since he's the third butler to die in a week! Rose's investigation leads her on a journey into a hidden world of grave robbers and duelling butlers, flamboyant magicians and the city's ancient feline guardians. A former journalist, Janine Beacham has written all her life.
Told from the point of view of Rose, as a reader it felt as though I was being placed in her shoes. It was enjoyable to try and solve the murder-mystery as Rose discovers more pieces of the puzzle and investigates clues that turn out to be red herrings. Credit must go to author Janine Beacham, because I did not guess who the culprit was until their identity was revealed in the climatic confrontation with Rose. One of the things Black Cats and Butlers does well is its portrayal of strong female characters. Rose in particular is rebellious in her independence.