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1920s England. Lighthearted cozy historical mystery. Two people have been targeted. Shots have been fired. Who stands to inherit? Who has the most to lose? Evangeline ‘Evie’ Parker, Countess of Woodridge, thinks it’s nothing but an accident but then an attempt is made on her host’s life. Suddenly, all the guests attending the Duke of Hetherington’s house party think they 1920s England. Lighthearted cozy historical mystery. Two people have been targeted. Shots have been fired. Who stands to inherit? Who has the most to lose? Evangeline ‘Evie’ Parker, Countess of Woodridge, thinks it’s nothing but an accident but then an attempt is made on her host’s life. Suddenly, all the guests attending the Duke of Hetherington’s house party think they are being targeted. Who will be next? Evie and her new chauffeur form an unlikely alliance to discover as much as they can before the killer can get it right.


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1920s England. Lighthearted cozy historical mystery. Two people have been targeted. Shots have been fired. Who stands to inherit? Who has the most to lose? Evangeline ‘Evie’ Parker, Countess of Woodridge, thinks it’s nothing but an accident but then an attempt is made on her host’s life. Suddenly, all the guests attending the Duke of Hetherington’s house party think they 1920s England. Lighthearted cozy historical mystery. Two people have been targeted. Shots have been fired. Who stands to inherit? Who has the most to lose? Evangeline ‘Evie’ Parker, Countess of Woodridge, thinks it’s nothing but an accident but then an attempt is made on her host’s life. Suddenly, all the guests attending the Duke of Hetherington’s house party think they are being targeted. Who will be next? Evie and her new chauffeur form an unlikely alliance to discover as much as they can before the killer can get it right.

30 review for House Party Murder Rap

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda Sharp

    House Party Duchess of Windemere has a chauffer hired by her grandmother who is also a body guard. The Duchess is shot at on her way to a country house party. Shortly after arriving, the Duchess and the host Bicky are standing at a window talking when Bicky is shot in the shoulder just as the Duchess placed her tea on a table. Interesting plot of who is the target and why. Really enjoyed the dialogue of the characters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marcia-Lee Finocchio

    House Party Murder Another awesome read by this author, enjoyed the characters and storyline. Not a big fan of historical books, but love this author style of story telling.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    Delightful! First book in series was excellent ---clever characters, English house party in 1920, lots of suspects, and interesting characters! Quucj, easy read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    A fun and quick read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Argum

    Fun new series with an slightly different take on the intrepid aristo woman detecting. Evie is the American widow of a British aristocrat. She went and hid out with her family in the States after his death but returns back to settle affairs and return to her life. She stole quite the prize from the marriage mart away from proper British girls so isn't the most popular girl with the matchmaking mamas despite her insistence she won't remarry. So when strange things start happening she isn't sure w Fun new series with an slightly different take on the intrepid aristo woman detecting. Evie is the American widow of a British aristocrat. She went and hid out with her family in the States after his death but returns back to settle affairs and return to her life. She stole quite the prize from the marriage mart away from proper British girls so isn't the most popular girl with the matchmaking mamas despite her insistence she won't remarry. So when strange things start happening she isn't sure whether she is seeing attempts on her life, that of her host, or chasing shadows. She has an interesting sidekick twist in the chauffeur cum secret bodyguard cum long lost friend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gail Gassen

    What a fun read! Took a chance on another new author for me to read. I love the time period, & I love murder mysteries, so I took a chance & loved it. I've had great luck lately in all the new authors I've been trying. This was fun, fast paced, lots of energy, and great characters. Looking forward to seeing how the next book "stacks" up! 😉 What a fun read! Took a chance on another new author for me to read. I love the time period, & I love murder mysteries, so I took a chance & loved it. I've had great luck lately in all the new authors I've been trying. This was fun, fast paced, lots of energy, and great characters. Looking forward to seeing how the next book "stacks" up! 😉

  7. 5 out of 5

    Guenevere Garrity

    Absolutely fabulous! A fascinating story set in 1920's Britain. I loved reading about Evie and the wonderful world of British upper class drama and intrigue. Murder plots, class distinctions, and greed lead to an interesting mystery with delightful characters.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Holm

    House Party Murder Rap:1920 An excellent writer!..the story flowed beautifully from beginning to end...a wonderful and exciting story line...looking forward to reading all of her books❤️

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Beard

    Absolutely wonderful Sonia Pain has again written a book I couldn't put down until I finished it. This book is a wonderful historical cozy mystery.

  10. 5 out of 5

    B.E.

    Fun little mystery, especially if you enjoy the time period.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mrs E Bowden

    Wonderful I loved this book the characters are really well written and easy to follow, I loved the description of the 1920 house guests .

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charlene Delaurentis

    Amazing Both the plot and characters were woven together seamlessly. I enjoyed this first of the series, looking forward to the next.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    A very British Cozy mystery about Evangeline Parker, Countess of Woodbridge who investigates an accident and someone tries to kill her. There are a lot of people attending the Duke of Hetherington's house party who may be on the murderer's list.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie

    Good story, enjoyable to read This is my first time reading this author and I truly enjoyed the story. It was a quick, cozy read. I will read more of this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracey S Choat

    A good start This is a good start to a cozy mystery series. I especially appreciate the historical facts thrown into the story which makes it more credible.

  16. 5 out of 5

    PLP

    This book is a hoot! If you like English mysteries, this is an absolute must read. I loved Evie and I have high hopes for her and her “chauffeur.”

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kitten Peters

    Love Cute little story taking place in the twenties. Two attempts at murder and one murder. Love among the aristocracy is like a ordinary day.. Money can never buy live. You will fall in love with Tom and Bickey.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elaine B Perry

    I enjoyed this book and all the interesting characters. A peak into England and their ways.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Larry Plemmons

    What an interesting story! An American heiress comes back to England and finds herself shot at. The characters are well fleshed out and interesting. The plot is convoluted, but easy to follow. I enjoyed the book and recommend it to others.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    When she first came to England, Evie became known as "That Evangeline Parker." An American heiress, she caught the eye of several men but fell in love at mutual first sight with the Earl of Woodbridge. She had a few wonderful years with him before he died. During her grieving, she went back to America. But two years have passed and she has decided to return to England bringing along a Duesenberg and a chauffeur, Tom Winchester, hired by her grandmother. One of her first stops is at a house party When she first came to England, Evie became known as "That Evangeline Parker." An American heiress, she caught the eye of several men but fell in love at mutual first sight with the Earl of Woodbridge. She had a few wonderful years with him before he died. During her grieving, she went back to America. But two years have passed and she has decided to return to England bringing along a Duesenberg and a chauffeur, Tom Winchester, hired by her grandmother. One of her first stops is at a house party with her late husband's good friend, the Duke of Hetherington, familiarly known as Bicky. There is an odd incidence as she goes from the village to the ducal manor. Someone takes a shot at her car. When Tom reacts quickly, Evie begins to wonder about him. When someone later takes a potshot at the duke while Evie is standing near him, she learns that Tom has actually been hired as a bodyguard. He ends up posing as an old friend of Evie's and joins the house party. The mystery isn't particularly exciting and the end is a bit deflated. Discerning timing in the audiobook can be hard; I suspect there are paragraphs that we don't experience which break up some of the story. The charm of the story comes in the character building. Both Evie and Tom are delightful characters and I look forward to reading more of their books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    An entertaining read. It was the quintessential country house setting, with the right people and right time period. Evie was a fun character to read about. Appropriate terms and popular phrases of the time are used to give it an authentic feel. The mystery was a bit simple but there were a lot of possible motives, suspects and even potential victims to muddy the waters. Thomas, the "chauffeur," does so many things right he could become one of those too perfect characters as the series continues i An entertaining read. It was the quintessential country house setting, with the right people and right time period. Evie was a fun character to read about. Appropriate terms and popular phrases of the time are used to give it an authentic feel. The mystery was a bit simple but there were a lot of possible motives, suspects and even potential victims to muddy the waters. Thomas, the "chauffeur," does so many things right he could become one of those too perfect characters as the series continues instead of just intriguing as he is now. The editing could be improved. In particular, the segues were jarring. A number of times there is a buildup to an event and just as it gets there the segment ends. The next segment is further along in the narrative and the information you are waiting to read about is related through summaries or dialog. I felt like I was missing some of the meat of the book. The comparison between British and American attitudes towards social status was well done. The story line lent itself to it with the chauffeur playing the role of a member of the upper tier of the social classes. Sometimes when this is brought into a historical mystery it comes off almost as a lecture and that is not what I want when I'm reading a light historical mystery.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rose Okragly

    The world of Miss Marple meets Nancy Drew This is my second Evie mystery. And my first exposure to what 's come to be called a "cozy mystery." It's not so much cozy as it is reminiscent of the Nancy Drew books I devoured as a child where teenage sleuth Nancy and her boyfriend Ned Nickerson were crime solvers. This series of books seem to offer the same kind of innocuous reading avoiding anything that would offend the most delicate sensibilities . This is not to say the adventures of Edie and Tom The world of Miss Marple meets Nancy Drew This is my second Evie mystery. And my first exposure to what 's come to be called a "cozy mystery." It's not so much cozy as it is reminiscent of the Nancy Drew books I devoured as a child where teenage sleuth Nancy and her boyfriend Ned Nickerson were crime solvers. This series of books seem to offer the same kind of innocuous reading avoiding anything that would offend the most delicate sensibilities . This is not to say the adventures of Edie and Tom Winchester, her chauffeur and bodyguard, are poorly written. They are well crafted and keep your interest primarily through the presentation of era and social environment, the 1920s upper class and aristocratic landed gentry of England. Crime solving and unmasking motive and villain but secondary to bringing to life a picturesque antique world and the cloistered self -serving world these privileged people inhabit. There is one major deficiency in the writing style. The author seems to be disinclined to provide physical descriptions of her characters. Body type, hair color, age, etc. It's all left up to the reader to imagine. It identifies a major shortcoming in what are generally books of light hearted entertainment.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Wilson

    This was most certainly a quick read but in its quickness there are some things that seem to have gotten left out--the least of which is our mystery man Tom. So as seems standard in many of the Cozy stories we have a wealthy widow Evie Parker--the twist is she is an American. She returns to England because--something to do with the vast estate left to her by her husband who is mysteriously dead and promptly goes to a weekend house party. On the way her chauffeur, who has been hired by her Grandm This was most certainly a quick read but in its quickness there are some things that seem to have gotten left out--the least of which is our mystery man Tom. So as seems standard in many of the Cozy stories we have a wealthy widow Evie Parker--the twist is she is an American. She returns to England because--something to do with the vast estate left to her by her husband who is mysteriously dead and promptly goes to a weekend house party. On the way her chauffeur, who has been hired by her Grandmother, stops the car and dashes about and a bit later she and her host Binky (the English have the weirdest nicknames) are standing by a window when a shot grazes good ole Binky accidentally? on purpose? Evie and Tom launch into investigation mode--once all is discovered the one thing that is truly not solved is why was Evie apparently shot at on her way to the party.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    A 1920's setting that has delicious Regency vibes of Georgette Heyer A great introduction to a new series. Although set in the 1920's it definitely has more of a Regency vibe to it. Very reminiscent of some of the works by Georgette Heyer with the same independently minded heroine and a hero that i think will turn out to be her next husband. He definitely has money and position although is currently employed as her chauffeur. The plot is an old one of infidelity, greed and the wish to obtain wha A 1920's setting that has delicious Regency vibes of Georgette Heyer A great introduction to a new series. Although set in the 1920's it definitely has more of a Regency vibe to it. Very reminiscent of some of the works by Georgette Heyer with the same independently minded heroine and a hero that i think will turn out to be her next husband. He definitely has money and position although is currently employed as her chauffeur. The plot is an old one of infidelity, greed and the wish to obtain what is wanted through any means possible including murder. The only problem I have is that the wife has not had any come back for her actions. Unless the Dowager moves to have her ostracised by polite society. Hope so.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cathy G

    I really liked this book, I do enjoy mysteries and especially about the 1920's and 30's. Evie Parker is quite the special lady, very very rich and alone. Evie is an American, she met and fell in love with her husband while attending a house party in England. Sadly her husband has passed away and Evie is back in England attending another house party at the same home where she met her late husband. Evie and her chauffeur Tom arrive but a strange incident occurs on the trip to Yarborough Hall. Tom' I really liked this book, I do enjoy mysteries and especially about the 1920's and 30's. Evie Parker is quite the special lady, very very rich and alone. Evie is an American, she met and fell in love with her husband while attending a house party in England. Sadly her husband has passed away and Evie is back in England attending another house party at the same home where she met her late husband. Evie and her chauffeur Tom arrive but a strange incident occurs on the trip to Yarborough Hall. Tom's excellent driving saves them both.. Bicky her lifelong friend who owns the manor is shot at as the entertainment ensues. Tom is put upon to pretend to be a guest and guard Evie. Who is doing the shooting and why, who is the intended victim. Good Read , looking forward to next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Eveleigh

    This is a good start to a promising series but with a problem/issue of clarity in the beginning. As the author slowly introduces that characters she may initially refer to them by title (eg: Lady Porteus) and then a few sentences later mentions their first name (Elizabeth). It's not until a while later that the reader realizes that they are one and the same person. This was back and forth throughout the first few chapters, done with a number of characters to the point where I had to write the na This is a good start to a promising series but with a problem/issue of clarity in the beginning. As the author slowly introduces that characters she may initially refer to them by title (eg: Lady Porteus) and then a few sentences later mentions their first name (Elizabeth). It's not until a while later that the reader realizes that they are one and the same person. This was back and forth throughout the first few chapters, done with a number of characters to the point where I had to write the names/titles down just to keep them straight. Other than that I enjoyed the book and will be purchasing the next in the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    Great storyline with obvious flaws. Needs the hand of a better editor. Transitions are awkward. They are called to dinner, then out of the blue they are drinking tea and eating sandwiches. Someone obviously ordered the food, so why didn't the cook ask about dinner then? Dinner is awkwardly dealt with three pages later. Not a single character had a physical description. Resolve was thin, no real clues or evidence turned up by the sleuths, just conjecture. Liked the storyline and the characters. H Great storyline with obvious flaws. Needs the hand of a better editor. Transitions are awkward. They are called to dinner, then out of the blue they are drinking tea and eating sandwiches. Someone obviously ordered the food, so why didn't the cook ask about dinner then? Dinner is awkwardly dealt with three pages later. Not a single character had a physical description. Resolve was thin, no real clues or evidence turned up by the sleuths, just conjecture. Liked the storyline and the characters. Has potential. Needs work.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    By the end of the first chapter I was looking forward to the rest of the book, but it didn’t quite live up to its early promise. However it was still entertaining and I will certainly try the next book. One of the things I dislike about many historical mysteries is the author will establish a strong independent female heroine and then immediately attaches them to a man, who just takes over. There is a bit of this in this book, as her chauffeur Tom, suddenly turns into some sort of James Bond figu By the end of the first chapter I was looking forward to the rest of the book, but it didn’t quite live up to its early promise. However it was still entertaining and I will certainly try the next book. One of the things I dislike about many historical mysteries is the author will establish a strong independent female heroine and then immediately attaches them to a man, who just takes over. There is a bit of this in this book, as her chauffeur Tom, suddenly turns into some sort of James Bond figure and a possible romantic interest.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Evie (Evangeline) Parker is going to longtime friends manor in the country for a weekend house party. On the way to Albert Brenton (Bicky to his friends) home, someone takes sniper shots at her. And then again shots were taken while inside the manor, This time wounding Bicky. Well developed characters, some humor, and a chauffeur/bodyguard with a mysterious past. This was my first book by Sonia Paring, and I doubt it will be my last. At least until I finish this one series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lynch

    This was well written and the characters were well drawn. It moved along well and I loved the setting. It was interesting to me that one of the principals was never actually seen. Good suspense in letting us try to suss out who Tom really is! For Downton Abbey fans, this has a similar vibe. Also just a few small typos which is such an issue these days with self publishing. I am definitely moving on to #2 in the series.

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