Death by Scandal by Marguerite Butler

Title: Death by Scandal
Author: Marguerite Butler
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Publication Date:10/2011
ISBN: 978-1-61937-038-8
Genre: Regency
Length: 283 pages
Heat Level: Sweet
Reviewer: TJ
Date: October 11, 2011

Lady Calandra can't help it if the scandal sheets have dubbed her “the dangerous debutante.” The Earl of Camden needed to be shot. And she certainly didn't poison her latest suitor for failing to make her an offer...although everyone seems convinced she did. She's never killed anyone, but someone is determined to make it look as though she has.  

Desperate to save her reputation, Lady Calandra needs a betrothal-now-and turns to one of the few friends she has left. Arthur, Lord Alsbury is only too happy to oblige her. Arthur has loved the beautiful musical prodigy for years. To save Calandra, he must put himself at risk. In order to unmask a killer, Arthur must pretend to be Calandra's next intended victim. If he fails her, the consequences are dire--either a slow death by scandal or a swift one at the hands of a murderer.

Death By Scandal is a witty whodunit and Lady Calandra and her set have become absolute favorites of mine. I love traditional Regencies with non-conventional heroines as I find it much easier to relate to them. Our leading lady and her friend Julia are very amiable characters and their circle of family and friends kept me in stitches. Arthur is a strong and steadfast hero. 

And I found myself holding my breath in the hopes that he would win over his friend’s affections. I enjoyed the action and the setting and could not get enough of the heroine’s outrageous Aunt. I appreciated how certain subject matter was handled with the proper amount of humor and deference and I am looking forward to seeing Julia buck society’s conventions and get her very own adventure. Overall I delighted in this story and I am looking forward to reading many more by this talented author.

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October 12, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Oh wow! This book sounds like so much fun. I love the premise of suitors literally falling like flies for our plucky heroine. And I am a sucker for a hero who has loved a heroine in long-suffering silence for years! I am so looking forward to reading this book.

October 12, 2011 at 2:02 PM

yay!! I am reading this now, in preparation of Musa Publishing's book club (Hera Book Club) first book :)

October 12, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Looking forward to reading it... it is in my Kindle TBR pile!

October 12, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Thank you so much for taking the time to review this book for Musa Publishing.

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