Please join me in welcoming Shelley Noble to the blog today to share why she enjoys writing historical mysteries – and where the genre takes her (and her protagonist) in Tell Me No Lies!
TELL ME NO LIES
SERIES: Lady Dunbridge Mystery #2
GENRE: Historical Cozy Mystery
RELEASE DATE: November 5, 2019
Miss Fisher meets Downton Abbey in Tell Me No Lies, part of the critically acclaimed Lady Dunbridge Mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble.
Rise and shine, Countess, you’re about to have a visitor.
Lady Dunbridge was not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s come to New York City, ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm. The social events of the summer have been amusing but Lady Phil is searching for more excitement—and she finds it, when an early morning visitor arrives, begging for her help. After all, Lady Phil has been known to be useful in a crisis. Especially when the crisis involves the untimely death of a handsome young business tycoon.
His death could send another financial panic through Wall Street and beyond.
With the elegant Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the opulent mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast as the backdrop, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.
I love discovering new things. I think I probably inherited that from my mother. We’d be driving down the road, and I’d be bored, and she’d suddenly say, “look at that.” So you’d look and then she’d say, “look at that.” And I’d look at something else. But I probably rolled my eyes, because, what kid ever appreciates life lessons while they were learning them.
Now I’m a “look at that,” kind of person. Thanks, Mom.
I love discovering new things whether it’s a lighthouse I haven’t seen before, or a picture when the last puzzle piece is put into place, or you walk past a bush on your way to the parking lot and discover it’s burst into bloom.
And I love old things, and I especially love learning about old things. So writing historical mysteries is the best of all worlds for me.
My latest historical series is set in Manhattan in 1907. The height of the Gilded Age. My protagonist Philomena Amesbury, Lady Dunbridge, an impecunious twenty six years old dowager countess has just come to make her fortune, both financially and socially.
In ASK ME NO QUESTIONS, the first of the series. Phil discovers her friend’s husband, an infamous owner of race horses, dead in the back seat of his new Packard. Research for that novel took me to the newly finished Belmont Race Track; and to performances of the famous Floradora Girls; and had me speeding down the avenues in Bev’s yellow Packard. In the country they got up to forty five miles an hour.
In TELL ME NO LIES, Phil is embroiled in the stock market Panic of 1907, and her investigations lead her(and me) to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to a balloon test exhibition, and out to the foggy environs of the Long Island Gold Coast, where the mansions rivaled those of Newport.
And everywhere she went, I was there, too. It was so exciting. I can’t wait to see what she’s up to next. (Actually I already know, and it happens during Christmas and New Year’s. Can you guess what Phil will be doing for the holidays?)
Shelley Noble is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction. (Beach Colors, Whisper Beach, Lighthouse Beach.) And the author of the Lady Dunbridge Gilded Age Manhattan mysteries. Tell Me No Lies is the latest of the series.
She has written eighteen amateur sleuth and historical mystery novels and novellas as Shelley Freydont. (The Sudoku Murders, Celebration Bay mysteries, The Gilded Age Newport mysteries.
A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore where she loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses, vintage carousels, and the past.
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What about you? What interests you most about Tell Me No Lies? What do you love about reading (or writing, if you’re an author) historical mysteries?