Death and the Joyful Woman by Ellis Peters

Death and the Joyful Woman by Ellis Peters

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When the woman he loves is accused of murder, Dominic Felse sets out to find the true culprit

Is a vulgarity ground for murder? Alfred Armiger had antagonized many with his greed and crass acquisitiveness. So when the ruthless beer baron is discovered dead, his head beaten in by a magnum of champagne, there is no shortage of suspects.

All of Comerford is shocked when Detective George Felse arrests Kitty Norris, the daughter of a rival beer baron, the last person to see Armiger alive, and the main beneficiary of his will. But Kitty, charming and popular, has an unexpected advocate in Felse’s young son, Dominic, who has fallen in love with her. Passionately convinced of Kitty’s innocence, Dominic sets out to find the true culprit, a hazardous undertaking that could cost him his life.

Death and the Joyful Woman is the 2nd book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.


“A beguiling writer.” —Daily Telegraph

“A cult figure of crime fiction.” —Financial Times

“Charm is not usual in murder mysteries, but Ellis Peters’ stories are full of it.” —Mail on Sunday

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