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When Lady Rample steps out, murder steps in. Lady Rample finds herself at odds after the death of her husband until her best friend drags her to a hot new jazz club in the heart of London. As if being wooed by two handsome men isn’t enough, Lady R finds herself embroiled in the murder of one of the club’s owners. Bored with her aristocratic life and irked that the police When Lady Rample steps out, murder steps in. Lady Rample finds herself at odds after the death of her husband until her best friend drags her to a hot new jazz club in the heart of London. As if being wooed by two handsome men isn’t enough, Lady R finds herself embroiled in the murder of one of the club’s owners. Bored with her aristocratic life and irked that the police have arrested the wrong suspect, Lady R decides to turn lady detective. With her eccentric Aunt Butty in tow, Lady R scours London for clues. If she’s lucky she’ll find the killer before the killer finds her. From the author of the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries comes the first book in the Lady Rample Mysteries set in jazz-era London.


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When Lady Rample steps out, murder steps in. Lady Rample finds herself at odds after the death of her husband until her best friend drags her to a hot new jazz club in the heart of London. As if being wooed by two handsome men isn’t enough, Lady R finds herself embroiled in the murder of one of the club’s owners. Bored with her aristocratic life and irked that the police When Lady Rample steps out, murder steps in. Lady Rample finds herself at odds after the death of her husband until her best friend drags her to a hot new jazz club in the heart of London. As if being wooed by two handsome men isn’t enough, Lady R finds herself embroiled in the murder of one of the club’s owners. Bored with her aristocratic life and irked that the police have arrested the wrong suspect, Lady R decides to turn lady detective. With her eccentric Aunt Butty in tow, Lady R scours London for clues. If she’s lucky she’ll find the killer before the killer finds her. From the author of the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries comes the first book in the Lady Rample Mysteries set in jazz-era London.

30 review for Lady Rample Steps Out

  1. 4 out of 5

    BRIONY

    “My name is Ophelia, Lady Rample. If you ask anyone in the room, they will tell you I drink too much, drive too fast, and have a tendency to be seen in the company of unsuitable men. If I were a lesser woman, I’d be ostracized from polite society. Not that it would be any loss, frankly. Polite society is ridiculously dull. However, seeing as how I am—as the Americans so cheerfully refer to it—loaded, I am forgiven a great multitude of sins and deemed an “original.” Or sometimes the less kind ter “My name is Ophelia, Lady Rample. If you ask anyone in the room, they will tell you I drink too much, drive too fast, and have a tendency to be seen in the company of unsuitable men. If I were a lesser woman, I’d be ostracized from polite society. Not that it would be any loss, frankly. Polite society is ridiculously dull. However, seeing as how I am—as the Americans so cheerfully refer to it—loaded, I am forgiven a great multitude of sins and deemed an “original.” Or sometimes the less kind term of “eccentric.” I almost enjoyed this book. It was, as others have said, a good cozy romp around 1930s jazz era London. The problem I had was with the ‘Americanisms’ and the odd language. For example “what a tosser” wouldn’t have been used in England until the 1970s. It startles the reader out of the story. All in all though it was a fun, lighthearted book but I’m not sure if I will seek out book 2.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    Fun stuff I admit I'm pretty much picturing phryne fisher instead of a more voluptuous lady detective but she's still fun despite my shortcomings in imagination. Aunt Butty is a good giggle too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Prof Thomas D Wilson

    Sloppy writing Whenever US authors try to write UK crime stories, they inevitably get the language wrong and/or the niceties of class relationships. This author gets both wrong - the language is so evidently American rather than English, and is certainly not 1930s aristocratic speech. The author also needs a good copy editor: on page 30 we have her drinking "an entire pot of Assam tea", while on page 32 she is "staring longingly at the nearly full pot"; then, on page 67, at "Quarter past one or s Sloppy writing Whenever US authors try to write UK crime stories, they inevitably get the language wrong and/or the niceties of class relationships. This author gets both wrong - the language is so evidently American rather than English, and is certainly not 1930s aristocratic speech. The author also needs a good copy editor: on page 30 we have her drinking "an entire pot of Assam tea", while on page 32 she is "staring longingly at the nearly full pot"; then, on page 67, at "Quarter past one or so", she hears what she thinks is a shot, but by page 72 - "remember I thought I heard a shot at one", and later she is said to have heard the shot at 20 past one. I shan't be looking for any more by this author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    Fun book. The author has a gift for creating interesting, readable characters. But the book needed heavy editing. The beginning started well, but the pacing in the middle derailed, a minor character randomly changed names in the final scene, and a major plot point (the time at which our Lady detective heard a gunshot) changed halfway through the book, which was massively confusing. I might possibly give book 2 a go, only because I liked Lady Rample and would like to get to know her better, but o Fun book. The author has a gift for creating interesting, readable characters. But the book needed heavy editing. The beginning started well, but the pacing in the middle derailed, a minor character randomly changed names in the final scene, and a major plot point (the time at which our Lady detective heard a gunshot) changed halfway through the book, which was massively confusing. I might possibly give book 2 a go, only because I liked Lady Rample and would like to get to know her better, but only if I can borrow a copy for free.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Argum

    I kept seeing suggestions for this long running series from several different things I read and enjoyed so gave it a try. I don't get it. I found this to be poorly written and poorly plotted. Things would be said on one page and then 'introduced' chapters later. Mystery was okay but the previous issues really ruined the enjoyment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    I absolutely love the characters in this book, and the plot is pretty good, but I won’t be continuing with the series as there are too many inconsistencies - plot, character names, and using the wrong word (eg “an imminently suitable match”, instead of eminently). Just jerks you right out of the story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Clemmie Jackson

    Truely adored this in the 30s London jazz era mystery

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mirachil27

    Modern Take on Classic Brit Mysteries As a fan of the novels from the Golden Age of British Mysteries, I am always on the lookout for new authors, both lesser known authors of the time and modern authors of the classic genre. Shea Macleod is of the latter ilk. The Lady Rample series is a giddy romp, British-ish but with a built-in key to American readers, with many of the tried and true ingredients expected: Lady Rample, a personable, intensely curious, and filthy rich, lay detective; Inspector N Modern Take on Classic Brit Mysteries As a fan of the novels from the Golden Age of British Mysteries, I am always on the lookout for new authors, both lesser known authors of the time and modern authors of the classic genre. Shea Macleod is of the latter ilk. The Lady Rample series is a giddy romp, British-ish but with a built-in key to American readers, with many of the tried and true ingredients expected: Lady Rample, a personable, intensely curious, and filthy rich, lay detective; Inspector North, the real detective, who wants nothing to do with amateur "lady" busy-body snoops; Chaz, the urbane, sexually safe, gay gal pal; Varant, the sexy, titled possible future match for Lady Rample, and my favorite, Aunt Butty, the formerly bohemian, slightly ridiculous but ever lovable foil and protector of our fair heroine. I found Ophelia Rample and Aunt Butty reminiscent of Phrynne Fisher and Aunt Prudence of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Ophelia has Phrynne's mature, super stylish, ballsy cleverness while Butty is Prudence - funny, absurd, unfailingly supportive of her niece. When these two get together, get ready to laugh out loud. In this book, the high-speed car chase in Chapter 15 with Ophelia and Butty trying to lose a murderous tail is slapstick at its best! If you are a stickler for flawless plotting and numerous red herrings, this may not be the series for you. But if, like me, you enjoy a jaunty romp through 1930s cozies, give this series a try.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Bierbaum

    Language, my dear First off, delightful whodunit fluff. Absolutely worth a cosy afternoon, a pot of Darjeeling, (with a little extra) and perhaps a Victoria cake, or two. Ah, but the tea goes cold and the cakes go stale. The difficulty with period pieces is to get the language right. That detail makes the whole thing believable. And it is extra difficult mixing 20s-30s "posh" with "jazz". One wrong idiom and it's the feather on the floor. Perhaps a bit more time spent reading Dame Agatha, and PG Language, my dear First off, delightful whodunit fluff. Absolutely worth a cosy afternoon, a pot of Darjeeling, (with a little extra) and perhaps a Victoria cake, or two. Ah, but the tea goes cold and the cakes go stale. The difficulty with period pieces is to get the language right. That detail makes the whole thing believable. And it is extra difficult mixing 20s-30s "posh" with "jazz". One wrong idiom and it's the feather on the floor. Perhaps a bit more time spent reading Dame Agatha, and PG Wodehouse, and everything's tickety-boo!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This was a total mess and the majority of reviews for it seem fake. There is a misspelled word on page 1 and the plotting is abysmal. The character makes a point, for no reason, of asking the time (quarter past one) then hears a shot five minutes later. Several pages later has her having heard the shot at one even though the victim's watch "mysteriously" reads 1:20. What?!? The character's actions are entirely too modern for the time period making the entire thing unbelievable. I quit after 40% This was a total mess and the majority of reviews for it seem fake. There is a misspelled word on page 1 and the plotting is abysmal. The character makes a point, for no reason, of asking the time (quarter past one) then hears a shot five minutes later. Several pages later has her having heard the shot at one even though the victim's watch "mysteriously" reads 1:20. What?!? The character's actions are entirely too modern for the time period making the entire thing unbelievable. I quit after 40% having read for less than an hour. Complete waste of time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This book was an amusing read. There were a few too many English phrases repeated too often (old bean) and a few too many American slips and modern perspective (a car going 120 mph, no worries) to truly feel like 1933 London. The characters are fun so I may try the next book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    REALLY A 3.5 READ FOR ME There were many things I liked about this book. Ophelia is a very young widow. Her late husband was much older and very, very wealthy. She was raised a vicar’s daughter but at the age of 16,her aunt rescued her, brought her to London and acted as matchmaker. Ophelia is not exactly my favorite heroine. She seems to focus on her possible future love life more than anything else. I enjoy romance stories, but this was supposed to be a mystery. Ophelia and a good friend go to a la REALLY A 3.5 READ FOR ME There were many things I liked about this book. Ophelia is a very young widow. Her late husband was much older and very, very wealthy. She was raised a vicar’s daughter but at the age of 16,her aunt rescued her, brought her to London and acted as matchmaker. Ophelia is not exactly my favorite heroine. She seems to focus on her possible future love life more than anything else. I enjoy romance stories, but this was supposed to be a mystery. Ophelia and a good friend go to a late night jazz club. While there, she sees an attractive musician. The reader learns a great deal about what she likes about the looks of the man. That was an ongoing theme of the story. There are wonderful descriptions of the era. The atmosphere is from a time when class was paramount, not everyone was an equal and the upper class ruled the world with unlimited power. The mystery is a well written story. There are red herrings, many suspects and an interesting solution. I enjoyed the puzzle. I liked Ms MacLeod’s writing. She developed interesting characters. I am not sure whether I liked all of them. This is the first of a series and I believe there are many possibilities for well written stories in the future.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chazzi

    1920s London, jazz club, flappers, cocktails and murder. It’s just coming up on a year since the death of her husband. The mourning period is over and now what should she do with herself? Though Lady Rample is missing her husband, she still needs to get out and live life! Her best friend, Chaz, takes her to the hot new jazz club in London to put some pep in her life. Along with the pep she finds herself in the midst of the murder of one of the co-owners. This is much more interesting than attendin 1920s London, jazz club, flappers, cocktails and murder. It’s just coming up on a year since the death of her husband. The mourning period is over and now what should she do with herself? Though Lady Rample is missing her husband, she still needs to get out and live life! Her best friend, Chaz, takes her to the hot new jazz club in London to put some pep in her life. Along with the pep she finds herself in the midst of the murder of one of the co-owners. This is much more interesting than attending the parties of the aristocratic set and listening to their boring stories. When she feels the police have arrested the wrong suspect, she decides to do her own sleuthing to catch the real murder. Not an easy feat when the lead detective doesn’t think women can be as successful as a man at investigating. When her eccentric Aunt Butty joins in, the two ladies find themselves in some very unsavoury places looking for clues. Lady Rample may be titled and more well-to-do than some of her contemporaries, but she isn’t your typical aristocrat. She is one of the independent, stron and determined ladies of the day. This is a fun first book of a series. Action, humour, and an assortment of characters give a lot to the story. It will be interesting to read more!

  14. 4 out of 5

    George

    #1 in the jazz-era London Lady Ophelia Rample mystery series. She is coming out of the year mourning period for her husband's death. She is the 35 year old daughter of a vicar and now a titled and extremely wealthy widow who flaunts the normal conventions of social class and is bored with her aristocratic life. Irreverent, out spoken and drinks a lot. Her 20 yer older Aunt Butty is equally so and close companion. Lady R finds herself embroiled in the murder of one of London's new very "in" jazz c #1 in the jazz-era London Lady Ophelia Rample mystery series. She is coming out of the year mourning period for her husband's death. She is the 35 year old daughter of a vicar and now a titled and extremely wealthy widow who flaunts the normal conventions of social class and is bored with her aristocratic life. Irreverent, out spoken and drinks a lot. Her 20 yer older Aunt Butty is equally so and close companion. Lady R finds herself embroiled in the murder of one of London's new very "in" jazz club the club’s owners. Irked that the police have arrested the wrong suspect, with her eccentric Aunt Butty in tow, she turns lady detective. The mystery is good, but Lady R gets a bit tedious at times. She is the narrator, so makes frequent comments regarding her somewhat distain for aristocratic mores of the class she now belongs to because of her marriage and great wealth so disregards mentally as she somewhat conforms. She is a steady drinker, highballs and frequently unhappy about the too spicy ginger ale, not exactly drunk, but enjoys the "buzz." She is attractive, likes men, has strong suiters, but unsure she wants to marry again, but undisposed to having a fling.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Venneman

    Couldn’t finish it. It was confusing, even for a murder mystery. I was disappointed with the pacing. It took a very long time for anything to happen, and it seemed like the author could not remember the timeline of the crime or events, either. There are going to be different stories and timelines as the story progresses but the main character seemed to struggle with remembering when she heard the gunshot (you said it was on the hour one page, two pages later after having it confirmed it was on th Couldn’t finish it. It was confusing, even for a murder mystery. I was disappointed with the pacing. It took a very long time for anything to happen, and it seemed like the author could not remember the timeline of the crime or events, either. There are going to be different stories and timelines as the story progresses but the main character seemed to struggle with remembering when she heard the gunshot (you said it was on the hour one page, two pages later after having it confirmed it was on the hour you say it was at least twenty minutes after) or whether the musicians arrived before or after the singer. I think the only constant was where the two suspects at the beginning (or rather nearly middle of the book since it took so long to get to the damn murder) were when the gunshot was fired, and the fact that the main character was a very horny alcoholic. Don’t tell my Goodreads 2020 reading challenge, but I only got halfway through the book before I had to call it quits. Maybe I should have read further and things would have fallen into place or the author would have realized they needed to make note of the timeline they were presenting, but I just couldn’t.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joyce McKay

    Not enough care in some areas. One major issue is the timing of the hearing of the gunshot. Margrave enters the club on p.65. On p.67 Lady Ophelia Rample asks Chaz what time it is. He tells her 1:15. It's after this that Ophelia hears a gunshot sound. She later says to Chaz , on p. 72, "Remember I heard a shot at 1:00? I could not find anywhere between p. 65 and p.72 where she mentioned a gunshot at 1:00. The first sound heard was after 1:15. There were other editing issues such as applying the " Not enough care in some areas. One major issue is the timing of the hearing of the gunshot. Margrave enters the club on p.65. On p.67 Lady Ophelia Rample asks Chaz what time it is. He tells her 1:15. It's after this that Ophelia hears a gunshot sound. She later says to Chaz , on p. 72, "Remember I heard a shot at 1:00? I could not find anywhere between p. 65 and p.72 where she mentioned a gunshot at 1:00. The first sound heard was after 1:15. There were other editing issues such as applying the "breaks" on a car rather than the "brakes". I wasn't able to get invested in the characters. Lady Rample seemed pretty surface to me. The interactions with the police made the police seem totally inept. They were on the Keystone Cops level. I guess the period in history is about right for that.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kirby

    I adored this book. Lady Rample is a great character. From vicar's daughter to a Lady then a widow. A rich widow, who enjoys her freedom and independence, and who skirts the edge of scandal heading into underground bars, listening and dancing to jazz, the devil's music and consorting with a black American jazz player. Set in the 1930's it evokes the era with use of the settings, and the language. Lady Rample and her Aunt investigate a murder, and she calls on old friends to assist. They all have I adored this book. Lady Rample is a great character. From vicar's daughter to a Lady then a widow. A rich widow, who enjoys her freedom and independence, and who skirts the edge of scandal heading into underground bars, listening and dancing to jazz, the devil's music and consorting with a black American jazz player. Set in the 1930's it evokes the era with use of the settings, and the language. Lady Rample and her Aunt investigate a murder, and she calls on old friends to assist. They all have a great chinwag and the entertainment is spiffing. I've bought another two in the series. I do hope they meet my expectations.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carol Bisig

    Uhmmm, Slightly Dramatic! This reads like someone who reads Agatha Christie, whom I love; then writes a similar story, with added twists. It's like watching the Miss Fisher T. V. Series on Acorn. The thirties dialogue, the low morals of the heroine leave me cold, and I knew who the murderer was very early on. Why couldn't she have chosen the man in her circle who obviously liked her for who she was? Too rebellious for me, she just wants to be naughty! I can't recommend. Thanks! carolintallahassee.c Uhmmm, Slightly Dramatic! This reads like someone who reads Agatha Christie, whom I love; then writes a similar story, with added twists. It's like watching the Miss Fisher T. V. Series on Acorn. The thirties dialogue, the low morals of the heroine leave me cold, and I knew who the murderer was very early on. Why couldn't she have chosen the man in her circle who obviously liked her for who she was? Too rebellious for me, she just wants to be naughty! I can't recommend. Thanks! carolintallahassee.com

  19. 4 out of 5

    K.T.

    I liked this. I've read the reviews likening Lady Rample to Miss Marple and I don't really understand that. She's young, fit, widowed and raring to go. The similarities are probably in relation to the time period. I imagine Miss Fisher is more her vein. It's an entertaining read which got me though a hospital stay. No gore or guts and fairly harmless. It bounces along quite nicely and I didn't know who dunnit until the end.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Pinto Rivas

    Entertaining, with some downs but equally amusing at its peak! I liked the main character, Ophelia, and her way to investigate the crime; I can't wait to read soon the next book! _______________ Soon the full review with NO SPOILERS in Narrative: https://www.narrative.org/m/vickaboleyn En español, SIN SPOILERS: http://elvickablog.wordpress.com En Steemit, tanto en español como en inglés / On Steemit, both on English and Spanish, WITH SPOILERS!: https://steemit.com/@vickaboleyn Entertaining, with some downs but equally amusing at its peak! I liked the main character, Ophelia, and her way to investigate the crime; I can't wait to read soon the next book! _______________ Soon the full review with NO SPOILERS in Narrative: https://www.narrative.org/m/vickaboleyn En español, SIN SPOILERS: http://elvickablog.wordpress.com En Steemit, tanto en español como en inglés / On Steemit, both on English and Spanish, WITH SPOILERS!: https://steemit.com/@vickaboleyn

  21. 4 out of 5

    William

    Simply put, this was hard to put down. I am a fan of Jazz, the '20's and 30's era stories. and Mysteries in general. Shea MacLeod hit all the right notes with this book. Her character building was done mostly within the plotline and did not slow the story down one bit, the pace flowed well and I didn't feel stupid at the climax, though I didn't guess who did it, till very near the end. I would recommend this book highly to any one who loves a good mystery. Bravo Author!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Judy St. John

    So Disappointed There were many positive reviews of this book which is one of the reasons I bought it. However, after being about 20% into the book no mystery and no real plot that I could see. Lady Rample is a boring, flighty, woman who does not seem to have any real point in life except to go out and drink too much every night. This one will have to go into the unfinished group which is where I file books that are too boring to finish!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    At first sight this should be a book that I would really like, Lady Rample is a rich, still young widow who has an independent streak. Unfortunately all she really seems interested in is drinking and ogling handsome men. She did improve, but there was nothing to make her standout from the numerous other similar sleuths. As for the plot this was a bit of a cliché and not particularly interesting.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    Read my full review at www.arsenicorarabica.com Highly recommend! Fun cozy mystery with engaging characters. Aunt Betty is an absolute hoot! My full review is at www.arsenicorarabica.com Read my full review at www.arsenicorarabica.com Highly recommend! Fun cozy mystery with engaging characters. Aunt Betty is an absolute hoot! My full review is at www.arsenicorarabica.com

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Smith

    Loved it I really enjoyed Lady Rample’s character. She is smart and precocious. It’s fun hearing what she doesn’t say. The story had a lot of other amusing characters, too. It was also an excellent mystery, with quite an assortment of suspects.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charlene Davis

    Interesting Author did a fantastic job describing the era through clothes, cars, clubs, and for the people in the story spot on for the time frame. I hate not giving 5 stars but I gave the one a 4 due to its predictably.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda Hastings

    Read the first two books and loved them. So much like the PBS series filmed in Australia. Provides all the back story did not get on air. Need an Aunt like hers. Well written characters. You feel like you are right there with the.

  28. 4 out of 5

    marcia mccoy

    Exceptional writing Love the story, love the era, love the characters. I felt as though I was reading with a British accent! The storyline moved along nicely so the reader didnt get bored. I look forward to more adventures with Lady Rample and her eccentric Aunt.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paula Cochrane

    Great Mystery I enjoyed this book very much. It was easy reading and each chapter drew me further in. Lady Rample is a great character who drinks a little too much but maintains her decorum throughout it all!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Natty

    A fun and clever little mystery novel. I have a weakness for the feisty young wealthy widow with a title and a sense of outrage at the patriarchy solving mysteries in the 20s and 30s genre and this was good fun.

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