The Firebird's Feather: A Historical Mystery Set in Late Edwardian London

The Firebird's Feather: A Historical Mystery Set in Late Edwardian London

Marjorie Eccles / May 28, 2020

The Firebird s Feather A Historical Mystery Set in Late Edwardian London A young woman investigates the murder of her mother in this absorbing historical mysteryLondon May The new king George V is preparing for his coronation The suffragettes are campaigning for w

  • Title: The Firebird's Feather: A Historical Mystery Set in Late Edwardian London
  • Author: Marjorie Eccles
  • ISBN: 9780727884268
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A young woman investigates the murder of her mother in this absorbing historical mysteryLondon, May, 1911 The new king, George V, is preparing for his coronation The suffragettes are campaigning for women to get the vote The East End seethes with unrest And 18 year old Kitty Challoner is looking forward to coming out in London society.But Kitty s secure, sheltered worlA young woman investigates the murder of her mother in this absorbing historical mysteryLondon, May, 1911 The new king, George V, is preparing for his coronation The suffragettes are campaigning for women to get the vote The East End seethes with unrest And 18 year old Kitty Challoner is looking forward to coming out in London society.But Kitty s secure, sheltered world is about to be torn apart Lydia Challoner is shot dead while out riding in Hyde Park, and during the ensuing murder investigation Kitty discovers that there was so much she didn t know about her mother Was Lydia really the killer s intended target Is there a link to her Russian heritage Why had she been behaving so strangely in recent weeks Was she having an affair As Kitty determines to uncover the truth and wonders exactly whom she can trust, she learns that the household in which she lives harbours a number of dangerous secrets.

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      • Marjorie Eccles

        Aka Judith Bordill, Jennifer HydeMarjorie Eccles has written several romantic and crime novels, which have been published both in the UK and in the US Many of her book shave been translated and serialised around the world She has one grown up son and now lives in Hertfordshire


    715 Comments

    1. This is a light mystery set in 1911 London. Actually, the word "light" is probably wrong. After all, a woman is shot to death in Hyde Park. That's serious stuff. But the telling of it all, the lack of emotions from the characters gave it a light feel.Except for a nervous Bridget (the niece) and a flighty sister, the women in the story were like robots: the assistant, the daughter. The men seemed to be fleshed out a little more, namely the beau and the nephew. (The husband didn't seem as affected [...]


    2. This was a very loose and airy mystery where the characters were not well developed and their relationships were revealed in only the most superficial way. I really enjoy character driven fiction and even when I choose a mystery I like the characters to be realistic and dimensional. This mystery was not satisfying to me on either variable. I did like the author's detail in regard to the period, though some details were repeated almost word for word. There was a bit of a lag in the pacing of the [...]


    3. 3.0 out of 5 stars -- "Wishes are sometimes liars. They hold out too much hope, so always be careful what you wish for."Historical fiction involving a murder investigation and family secrets set in Britain circa 1911. King Edward has just died and preparations are underway for the coronation of King George. Despite the celebratory mood in London, brave women are protesting for the right to vote and all of those demonstrations have not been peaceful ones. In the Challoner household, not far from [...]


    4. The Plot Of The Story:Kitty Challoner was born into money and as young ladies of a certain age back then did she's about to be presented to society. Its a very exciting time for Kitty but it all gets horrifically marred when her mother Lydia is shot dead while out horse-riding. The Challoner family is shocked and deeply distressed by Lydia's death, but none more than Kitty who takes it upon herself to learn more about her mother, only to find that maybe she didn't even know her beloved mother at [...]


    5. This was a great read! Set in London at the turn of the century and on the eve of the coronation of King George V. A woman, wife and mother, killed while riding in Hyde park with seemingly no motive. This mystery kept me intrigued and guessing until the end! I loved it!


    6. Kitty Challoner has always been fascinated by her mother, Lydia, a beautiful but moody woman. Kitty especially loves Lydia's tales of her childhood escape from Tsarist Russia in the dead of winter with her beloved father. Kitty loves to look at the Russian Orthodox icon in her mother's room and the lovely firebird box. On the eve of Kitty's come out, Lydia is shot and killed while riding her horse in Hyde Park. In the chaos of a suffragette demonstration, the killer got away. The police immediat [...]


    7. Eighteen year-old Kitty Challoner is getting ready to come out to upper class society in 1911 London, England. It’s a vibrant time and place in which to be alive as the London world awaits a new world, women are fighting for the right to vote – a fiercely controversial debate, and politicians are vying for power while decrying the foreign elements taking violent action in the streets of London. The fear of Bolsheviks is huge as Communism begins to form and spread throughout the world! In the [...]


    8. This is set around the coronation of George V. The suffragette movement is taking pace looking to get the vote for women. Lots of emotion surrounding both of these issues- celebration and angst from the suffragettes. Kitty Challoner is the main character and her mum is shot whilst out riding. Why was she a target? She discovers lots of information about her mother during the investigation- little chunks of events are released along the way. Her mum had links to a Russian revolutionary who fled t [...]


    9. I could see this story, characters, and setting for a Downton Abbey episode. Lots of plot twists with a surprise ending. As women we take for granted our right to vote. Parts in the book remind us of the real struggle back in early days.


    10. One of the better "who dun it" I have read in a long time. When every character has a secret to hide, it makes it an interesting read and a challenge to piece it all together.


    11. Kitty is about to make her debut in society and life in London is exciting but also dangerous as George V prepares for his coronation. The year is 1911 and there is industrial unrest and the suffragettes are gathering support. Exciting times for a young girl about to become an adult. Out of the blue Kitty's mother Lydia is shot while out riding in Hyde Park. Could it be her Russian ancestry which has led her to associate with dangerous political allies?Kitty doesn't believe it - her mother just [...]


    12. The Firebird’s Feather was my first title but certainly not my last read from Ms. Eccles. With a setting and plot I would never decline an invitation to visit, I had no idea what to expect and by the last page I had a neutral feeling that finally settled this morning on I liked this title enough to try another. A light historical mystery is how I would describe The Firebird’s Feather; enough details shared to capture a wispy postcard of London during 1911 with a genteel lady’s murder at th [...]


    13. I'm giving this novel two stars because it was just an okay reading experience for me. Not something I completely enjoyed, but also not something I would counsel others against reading. I simply didn't find very much emotion or passion here and that surprised me since it was dealing with murder - definitely a subject which would suggest passion - and also the suffrage movement in London in 1911, which inspired passionate feelings on both sides of the issue. I think so much of the action was desc [...]


    14. The Firebird’s Feather is a historical mystery set in the Edwardian period amidst the upheaval of the new king’s coronation, suffragette protests, and revolutionary fervor. The book opens on a Sunday in the Challoner household with Kitty, the daughter of a wealthy stockbroker and Russian expatriate. Her world comes crashing down when her mother Lydia is shot while riding in Hyde Park. Sensing that the police will never find her killer, Kitty sets out to solve the crime with Marcus Villiers, [...]


    15. Every once in a while I like to venture into different categories of books that are offered up for review and I was glad of the opportunity to read this book. Marjorie Eccles takes an interesting part of history in England and adds a twist of mystery to it as we have a young lady, getting ready to debut in all the social circles in 1911 London, with women's rights and the new king getting ready for his coronation and puts a murder down in the middle of it. This is my first time reading a book by [...]


    16. This book didn't really wow me. I liked the time period, and I liked learning about the women's suffragette movement in England at that time. I liked the parts about the Russian Revolution. But the characters weren't really that compelling, and I didn't become attached to any of them. The mystery was interesting, but not enough so that I HAD to keep reading. The pacing was off, I think. Just an ok book.



    17. An easy-to-read mystery with some interesting light cast on the suffragette movement and Anglo-Russian relations in the early 1900s.







    18. Overly wrought writing but I kept reading it. Plot got a bit unbelievable at the end but the historical setting was interesting.



    19. The actual mystery and characters of this were pretty disappointing, but the description of the suffragettes and the sentiment towards Russia at the time slightly redeemed it.



    20. A holiday light read not as good as her previous books. The characters had no depth and the lady murdered was not very believable. I was disappointed in this novel.


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