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Lady Adelaide Compton had prepared herself to say good-bye forever to Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter. It would be a welcome relief not to get mixed up in any more murders. Not to mention become un-haunted by her late and unlamented husband Rupert, whose post-life duty had been dedicated to detection and her protection. Surely he’d performed the necessary number of goo Lady Adelaide Compton had prepared herself to say good-bye forever to Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter. It would be a welcome relief not to get mixed up in any more murders. Not to mention become un-haunted by her late and unlamented husband Rupert, whose post-life duty had been dedicated to detection and her protection. Surely he’d performed the necessary number of good deeds to get out of Addie’s fashionably bobbed hair and gain access to Heaven by now. But when Addie’s prim and proper mother Constance, the Dowager Marchioness of Broughton is accused of murdering her secret lover, there can’t be enough ghosts and gentlemen detectives on hand to find the truth. The dead Duke of Rufford appeared to lead a blameless life, but appearances can be deceiving. Unless Addie, Dev and Rupert work together, Constance will hang, and Great War flying ace Rupert will never get his celestial wings.


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Lady Adelaide Compton had prepared herself to say good-bye forever to Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter. It would be a welcome relief not to get mixed up in any more murders. Not to mention become un-haunted by her late and unlamented husband Rupert, whose post-life duty had been dedicated to detection and her protection. Surely he’d performed the necessary number of goo Lady Adelaide Compton had prepared herself to say good-bye forever to Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter. It would be a welcome relief not to get mixed up in any more murders. Not to mention become un-haunted by her late and unlamented husband Rupert, whose post-life duty had been dedicated to detection and her protection. Surely he’d performed the necessary number of good deeds to get out of Addie’s fashionably bobbed hair and gain access to Heaven by now. But when Addie’s prim and proper mother Constance, the Dowager Marchioness of Broughton is accused of murdering her secret lover, there can’t be enough ghosts and gentlemen detectives on hand to find the truth. The dead Duke of Rufford appeared to lead a blameless life, but appearances can be deceiving. Unless Addie, Dev and Rupert work together, Constance will hang, and Great War flying ace Rupert will never get his celestial wings.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Joan Happel

    As if it wasn’t bad enough for Lady Adelaide Compton’s prim and proper mother, Lady Broughton, to be carrying on a torrid love affair with the Duke of Rufford; she is found in her suite at the Ritz in her peignoir, covered in blood, with her own gun standing over the murdered Duke’s body! Lady Adelaide was hoping to retire from investigating murders, but now she must prove her mother’s innocence. She turns to Detective Inspector Dev Hunter, a handsome Anglo-Indian, who has helped her in the past As if it wasn’t bad enough for Lady Adelaide Compton’s prim and proper mother, Lady Broughton, to be carrying on a torrid love affair with the Duke of Rufford; she is found in her suite at the Ritz in her peignoir, covered in blood, with her own gun standing over the murdered Duke’s body! Lady Adelaide was hoping to retire from investigating murders, but now she must prove her mother’s innocence. She turns to Detective Inspector Dev Hunter, a handsome Anglo-Indian, who has helped her in the past and who she might be just a little in love with. Also, by her side is the ghost of her former husband, Rupert Compton. Rupert who was a fast-living philanderer in his former life, must atone for his misdeeds on earth before he can be admitted to the here-after. With a plethora of suspects, most of whom are related to the late Duke, Lady Adelaide and her partners have their work cut out for them. The Duke’s children and grandchildren, along with spouses and fiancés, do not seem at all sorry he is dead, and all had a motive to kill him. Running around London and the countryside, from swanky hotels to steamy nightclubs; 1920’s Great Britain comes alive in this spirited and charming cozy mystery, with just the right amount of romance thrown in. The dialogue sizzles and the plot is intriguing. Sadly, this is the last addition to this delightful series, and Lady Adelaide, et al will be missed. Thank you to Poison Pen Press and NetGalley for the e-ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Surprising happenings! Rather laconic cosy mystery complete with 1922’s upper crust acting somewhat like overbred, skittish hounds. Lady Adelaide Compton’s roguish ghostly husband becomes involved. This is important if he’s to continue on to the celestial plane. He must redeem himself. Turns out a ghost can pickup a lot of useful information. It seems Addie’s very proper mother has been having a secret affair with the now, very dead Duke of Rufford. Not only that, but the Dowager Marchioness has Surprising happenings! Rather laconic cosy mystery complete with 1922’s upper crust acting somewhat like overbred, skittish hounds. Lady Adelaide Compton’s roguish ghostly husband becomes involved. This is important if he’s to continue on to the celestial plane. He must redeem himself. Turns out a ghost can pickup a lot of useful information. It seems Addie’s very proper mother has been having a secret affair with the now, very dead Duke of Rufford. Not only that, but the Dowager Marchioness has been accused of the Duke’s murder. If the true culprit can’t be uncovered Addie’s mother will hang. Addie needs the help of Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter, and of course, her very dead husband Rupert. Rupert’s inclusion somewhat rings bells of a twisted Topper movie. (1937). Working with the delectable Dev again is an added bonus for Addie even in these dire times. A Poisoned Pen ARC via NetGalley

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Dunnett

    So sad to see this series end, but the three epilogues helped ease the pain. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    What makes an enjoyable cozy mystery? I love the guiding ghosts in E.J. Copperman’s Haunted Guesthouse series (first book: Night of the Living Deed). I love the sophisticated couple Amory and Miles Ames, whose entertaining series began with Murder at the Brightwell. I love British royalty turned sleuths, such as Lady Julia Grey (first book: Silent in the Grave) and Frances Wynn, widow of the late, disagreeable Earl of Harleigh (first book: A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder). And I love funn What makes an enjoyable cozy mystery? I love the guiding ghosts in E.J. Copperman’s Haunted Guesthouse series (first book: Night of the Living Deed). I love the sophisticated couple Amory and Miles Ames, whose entertaining series began with Murder at the Brightwell. I love British royalty turned sleuths, such as Lady Julia Grey (first book: Silent in the Grave) and Frances Wynn, widow of the late, disagreeable Earl of Harleigh (first book: A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder). And I love funny cozies featuring strong-willed women who are drawn to “unacceptable” men, like Ellison Russell (first book: The Deep End). Which is why I am so saddened by Farewell Blues; it’s just the sort of book I usually love. Like Frances Wynn, Lady Adelaide Compton is the widow of a loathsome man with a wandering eye. The lothario is back as a ghost, forced to solve mysteries (huh?) to atone for his many sins. Lady Adelaide is drawn to a part-Indian Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter, and apparently they have worked together before in one or all of the three previous books in this series. She’s strong-willed and not afraid to flout societal expectations. Would I have enjoyed this book more if I had read the previous novels in the series? Perhaps, but I think my real issue with the book is that the dialogue was not particularly clever or funny or charming. And the characters weren’t, either. I found it very hard to finish. Your mileage may vary, but I can read the first in this series, Nobody's Sweetheart Now, for free on Kindle Unlimited, and I’m going to give it a pass. In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Mysterious, atmospheric, and delightfully entertaining! In this latest novel by Robinson, Farewell Blues, we head back to 1920s London where widow Lady Adelaide Compton finds herself once again teaming up with her two trusty sidekicks, the handsome Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter and the ghost of her late philandering husband, Major Rupert Compton to find the real killer of the Duke of Rufford as quickly as possible in order to free her courtly mother, the Dowager Marchioness of Broughton, fr Mysterious, atmospheric, and delightfully entertaining! In this latest novel by Robinson, Farewell Blues, we head back to 1920s London where widow Lady Adelaide Compton finds herself once again teaming up with her two trusty sidekicks, the handsome Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter and the ghost of her late philandering husband, Major Rupert Compton to find the real killer of the Duke of Rufford as quickly as possible in order to free her courtly mother, the Dowager Marchioness of Broughton, from gaol and save her from possibly hanging for the crime. The writing style is vivid and light. The characters, including the intelligent, independent heroine, are well-developed, complex, and intriguing. And the plot is a well-paced whodunit full of amateur sleuthing, scandalous behaviour, red herrings, suspects, deduction, and a little romance. Farewell Blues is the fourth and final book in the Lady Adelaide Mystery series, and I have to admit it’s a little bittersweet to say goodbye to the characters we’ve come to know and love over these last four novels by Robinson. Nevertheless, if you love cosy mysteries that take you back in time to when social class was everything, forensics was almost nonexistent, and crimes could easily be solved by everyday snooping, stubborn determination, and shrewd reasoning, then this novel won’t disappoint, and this is definitely a series you’ll want to think about picking up. Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Addie (Lady Adelaide Compton to give her a full title) has a dead philanderer of a husband (Rupert) who must continue on as a ghost until he has been considered to have redeemed himself. She also has a mother, Constance, the Dowager Marchioness of Broughton, who also is not quite as pure as the driven snow. When Constance's secret beau is found dead and Constance is thought to be the murderer as she was at the murder scene in the Ritz along with her own pistol, Addie and Detective Inspector Deve Addie (Lady Adelaide Compton to give her a full title) has a dead philanderer of a husband (Rupert) who must continue on as a ghost until he has been considered to have redeemed himself. She also has a mother, Constance, the Dowager Marchioness of Broughton, who also is not quite as pure as the driven snow. When Constance's secret beau is found dead and Constance is thought to be the murderer as she was at the murder scene in the Ritz along with her own pistol, Addie and Detective Inspector Devenand (Dev) Hunter put their heads together. This is book four in Maggie Robinson's Lady Adelaide Mysteries. I really liked the author's characterisation, especially Addie's maid, Beckett. Farewell Blues had me keen to keep turning the pages as I searched for the clues to help solve the mystery of whodunit. This reader was also interested in the possible outcome of the unacknowledged mutual attraction between Addie and Dev. A fantastic cozy read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Poisoned Pen Press via NetGalley, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eva Müller

    Let’s get this out of the way first: I’m usually not a big fan of cozies where the sleuth investigate because a friend/relative is a murder suspect and they want to clear that person’s name. This has to do with the fact that I can suspend my disbelief and accept that a random person can walk around and ask others about a crime that has recently been committed, especially because (at least in good cozies) the sleuth usually doesn’t just walk in and demands to know everything about the murder but Let’s get this out of the way first: I’m usually not a big fan of cozies where the sleuth investigate because a friend/relative is a murder suspect and they want to clear that person’s name. This has to do with the fact that I can suspend my disbelief and accept that a random person can walk around and ask others about a crime that has recently been committed, especially because (at least in good cozies) the sleuth usually doesn’t just walk in and demands to know everything about the murder but is more subtle about it. I can buy that but can’t quite believe that it would be quite as easy if the person asking if you didn’t also have an argument with the victim is a child/sibling/friend of the current main suspect. Additionally, I often feel the urgency that this set-up should provoke is missing. If someone a character cares about is suspected of a crime and a lengthy prison sentence or even an execution hangs over their head I expect that character to be worried. But often they just treat it like every other case. This was a very long-winded way of saying that even though I had loved the previous Lady Adelaide novels I was a bit sceptical when I heard that in Farewell Blues Addie’s mother was the main suspect in a murder. But then I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out very differently from what I had feared. Addie being the daughter of the main suspect makes her investigation more difficult. Some people very much don’t want to talk to her. At the same time, it’s difficult for Addie because it’s her mother who’s a suspect and if she fails to find the true killer her mother will likely die. But despite that Farewell Blues is still a mystery novel where the main question is...well whodunit? It manages to find a perfect balance between these two aspects. (The other question is of course: how long will I be able to read about Addie and Dev yearning for each other without going mad? Let me just say that I was very happy and content after the last page. Very.) ARC received from NetGalley

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    With the exception of the major mis-step of the third book, this turned out to be a wonderful quartet series. The author was back on track with this book and it didn't disappoint. With twists and turns, plenty of red herrings and characters that were well written and multi-faceted, this was a joy to read. I especially liked how Ms. Robinson tied up all the lose ends and gave us a peek into the future of the main characters. All in all, this was a unique series that cozy mystery fans will enjoy. With the exception of the major mis-step of the third book, this turned out to be a wonderful quartet series. The author was back on track with this book and it didn't disappoint. With twists and turns, plenty of red herrings and characters that were well written and multi-faceted, this was a joy to read. I especially liked how Ms. Robinson tied up all the lose ends and gave us a peek into the future of the main characters. All in all, this was a unique series that cozy mystery fans will enjoy. I recommend this book and this series, especially if you enjoy a good ghost story!! Well done, Ms. Robinson, well done!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura Edwards

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another fun adventure with Adelaide and Dev. While I did correctly guess the killer, I was completely unprepared for the ending. Take note. FAREWELL Blues. Though everything wraps up as I had hoped for our two leads (and for Beckett and Cee, and Rupert, too), I'm really sorry (and surprised) to see the series end here. An excellent series with excellent characters which was much too short. Another fun adventure with Adelaide and Dev. While I did correctly guess the killer, I was completely unprepared for the ending. Take note. FAREWELL Blues. Though everything wraps up as I had hoped for our two leads (and for Beckett and Cee, and Rupert, too), I'm really sorry (and surprised) to see the series end here. An excellent series with excellent characters which was much too short.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amp

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It appears this is the last book in this series, as the ending wrapped up everything. I don't see how this can continue, with Rupert finally moved on and Dev no longer working for the Yard. The title is pretty apropos, too. I liked Addie and Dev and even Rupert, although his abilities as a ghost were a bit of a stretch (stealing diaries, doing a fair amount of the actual detecting, etc.). I thought this could have utilized Addie's mother a bit more. For someone almost at the end of her rope, so It appears this is the last book in this series, as the ending wrapped up everything. I don't see how this can continue, with Rupert finally moved on and Dev no longer working for the Yard. The title is pretty apropos, too. I liked Addie and Dev and even Rupert, although his abilities as a ghost were a bit of a stretch (stealing diaries, doing a fair amount of the actual detecting, etc.). I thought this could have utilized Addie's mother a bit more. For someone almost at the end of her rope, so to speak, she was absent for the entire book. While this was not the best structured mystery, I enjoyed the time period and the characters. This series should be read in order since book 3 transitions directly into book 4. Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kay Garrett

    FAREWELL BLUES by Maggie Robinson is the fourth book in the Lady Adelaide Mystery series. It’s the very well-crafted mystery set in England in 1925 and centered round Lady Adelaide Compton and Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter as they investigate the murder of Duke of Rufford trying to prove that Constance, the Dowager Marchioness of Broughton – the victim’s secret lover and Lady Adelaide’s mother, was not the murderer. Having seen more than her far share of dead bodies, Adelaide thought she h FAREWELL BLUES by Maggie Robinson is the fourth book in the Lady Adelaide Mystery series. It’s the very well-crafted mystery set in England in 1925 and centered round Lady Adelaide Compton and Detective Inspector Devenand Hunter as they investigate the murder of Duke of Rufford trying to prove that Constance, the Dowager Marchioness of Broughton – the victim’s secret lover and Lady Adelaide’s mother, was not the murderer. Having seen more than her far share of dead bodies, Adelaide thought she had put crime and investigations behind her as well as the often thought of Inspector. However, when her sister, Cecilia, shows up with news that her mother was in jail for murdering the Duke, it’s Dev she is longing for. However, Detective Inspector Phillip Barnes had been assigned the case. He’s sure beyond a doubt that it is an open and shut case and the rightful criminal is behind bars finding it unnecessary to investigate further. Lady Broughton, however, talks to Inspector Devenand about proving her innocent sparing no expense. Although unwilling to quit the force and knowing working on the case while on duty would never work, he manages to take a couple weeks off due to injuries sustained in the last adventure with Lady Adelaide freeing him up to help Adelaide find clues to lead them to the real culprit. Adelaide’s only other help is her deceased husband, Rupert, who’s been a regular visitor since his funeral. Seems he has to try to make amends for his life here on earth in order to make it on to heaven. Admittedly, he’s be beneficial in the past and hopefully will be again now. Could helping to prove his mother-in-law’s innocence be what it takes to finally free him from his earthly ties? Clues begin to add up that the Duke’s family life wasn’t all peaches and cream – that behind doors there were many hard feelings and disputes. Could one of his own kin been the culprit? Did he have bad business dealings that could have led to his murder? Was the crime planned or a crime that just happened in the heat of the moment? How and when did someone get Lady Broughton’s pistol out of her purse to use in the murder? Along the way, Adelaide and Dev continue to work well together like a well-oiled machine and the mutual attraction, although neither will admit it, puts another page turning touch to the story. One thinks being married once was enough. Although now she’s realizing how much that first one was lacking. The other if fearful that he isn’t worthy of love from someone of such social standings wondering what he could possibly have to offer. The more time they spend together, the more they find out about the other, the stronger their feelings grow. Can there ever be a happily ever after for these two? FAREWELL BLUES will have you turning pages on this can’t put down book as you look for the clues to help solve the mystery of whodunit. Rupert will have you smiling as he works hard so he can smell apricot custard. Maggie Robinson satisfies your thirst for adventure, want for mystery and the desire for sweet romance all within the pages of this fabulous book. FAREWELL BLUES can be definitely be read as a standalone book, but after reading this one you will yearning to read the other books in the series and searching out more books by this author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    The year is 1925 and the scene is London. Adelaide (Addie) has had a great shock. Her mother, a marchioness, has been arrested for murdering a duke. The murder took place in the Ritz Hotel. It was early in the morning during the torrid affair between the duke and the marchioness. It is not adultery, because both of the people are widowed. But, of course, murdering a duke is not acceptable behavior, whether one is an adulterer or not. Addie has investigated other murders in the past. In fact, she The year is 1925 and the scene is London. Adelaide (Addie) has had a great shock. Her mother, a marchioness, has been arrested for murdering a duke. The murder took place in the Ritz Hotel. It was early in the morning during the torrid affair between the duke and the marchioness. It is not adultery, because both of the people are widowed. But, of course, murdering a duke is not acceptable behavior, whether one is an adulterer or not. Addie has investigated other murders in the past. In fact, she has been quite successful. She has worked with a detective inspector from Scotland Yard. Dev is of Indian and English background and that has made for problems in his life. But, he is a very good detective. He is often teased for being too honest to take bribes. Addie also receives help from someone else. Rupert is her late husband. He was an RAF ace in the Great War. He was also a ladies man. He died in an automobile accident. His French mistress also died in the same accident. Now Rupert has been working to be able to finally rest in peace. He believes that he will finally get to heaven if he can do enough good to earn his way into heaven. His ability to not be seen by anyone except Addie has been a big help. He can go places, overhear people and see events without anyone knowing he is there. Between Addie, Dev and Rupert, there is a great deal of investigating happening. The duke who was murdered was not always a very nice man. He did not always treat his family fairly. He held on tightly to the purse strings. But, compared to the rest of his family he was a wonderful guy. Most of his children and grandchildren are selfish, hateful and easily could be responsible for shooting the duke. This is a fun story, The reader gets to see the night club scene, luxurious hotels and how the tabloid press really worked. Addie, Dev and Rupert are wonderful characters. Addie’s sister and her maid are very important to the story. In fact, there is no character who does not add to the movement of the plot. The suspects are each interesting people. Not likable at all, but interesting. There is one member of the duke’s family who seems to be a relatively normal person. In fact, most of the people in the story are not what one would consider to be normal. Addie has spent quite a bit of her time investigating murders. Dev has become a success in Scotland Yard but has dreams of another life. And all Rupert can think about is doing enough good deeds to get himself into heaven. The action is constant, the characters are entertaining and this is a very well done story. This book can be read as a stand alone but I would suggest that there is a lot more fun available if the reader reads with the earlier books in the series. This is the final book in the series. All the stories for the main characters are wrapped up neatly with epilogues. I have enjoyed the entire series. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I am voluntarily writing this review and all opinions are completely my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    I received a complimentary advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The synopsis of this book reminded me of the Murdoch Mystery television series, which I quite enjoy so I figured I would give it a shot. Before starting the book I did not realize it was book four in the series, but found that I had no trouble picking up on what was going on as I read the story. Lady Adelaide Crompton's mother, Lady Broughton, has been arrested for the murder of the Duke of Ru I received a complimentary advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The synopsis of this book reminded me of the Murdoch Mystery television series, which I quite enjoy so I figured I would give it a shot. Before starting the book I did not realize it was book four in the series, but found that I had no trouble picking up on what was going on as I read the story. Lady Adelaide Crompton's mother, Lady Broughton, has been arrested for the murder of the Duke of Rufford. She was found standing over his body in her pajamas, holding her own gun - of course she was arrested. From here the story slowly unfolds as Lady Adelaide and Detective Devenand Hunter work together to solve the case, without Dev's employer finding out he's working while on leave. Lady Adelaide's deceased husband, Rupert is also floating around, and is able to give Addie information that she wouldn't be able to get in other ways because no one else can see or hear him. I really enjoyed the way that the locations and events were described in this book and happily kept reading to see more of the 1920's feel even though the plot was moving slower that I usually enjoy. There were lots of great characters, some scandal and quite a few laughs throughout the book. I'm planning to start this series from the beginning in the fall to see how the characters got to where the were in Farewell Blues.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I have a weakness for paranormal cozies and period mysteries. This series fit the bill very nicely. Addie is a young widow who's late husband, Rupert, was a real cad. Now he's helping her investigate murder. He's certain that it's the only way he can make up for his philandering ways and get past the Pearly Gates. If he can help Addie solve this latest case he might just get there. Addie is in a real pickle. Her widowed mother, Constance, the Dowager Marchioness of Broughton has been having an af I have a weakness for paranormal cozies and period mysteries. This series fit the bill very nicely. Addie is a young widow who's late husband, Rupert, was a real cad. Now he's helping her investigate murder. He's certain that it's the only way he can make up for his philandering ways and get past the Pearly Gates. If he can help Addie solve this latest case he might just get there. Addie is in a real pickle. Her widowed mother, Constance, the Dowager Marchioness of Broughton has been having an affair with the Duke of Rufford. That's not the problem. The problem is his shot dead corpse in the Ritz Hotel and Addie's mother is found standing over him with her gun in hand. Off to goal with her, case closed. Not if Addie, Rupert and DI Dev Hunter, on medical leave from Scotland Yard can help it. Together they have a very, very long list of possible suspects to work through. The Duke was not a nice man and was especially disliked by his family. This was a nice bit of escape reading with vivid settings of 1925 London and a great sleuthing team. Add a touch of romance between Addie and Dev and all the bases are covered. It works fine as a stand alone and it seems there will only be four books in the series. My thanks to the publisher Poisoned Pen Press and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mystica

    Lady Adelaide is not the average lady of the day. She is more than halfway in love with Detective Devanand Hunter, a relationship which will be scandalous for more than half the aristocracy. Her worries right now are not on that score. Her mother the very proper Dowager Compton is in prison for the murder of the Duke of Rufford. The evidence is over whelming, the Rufford family wants to see justice done and this seems the quickest way to achieve it and they are not too bothered if the Dowager is Lady Adelaide is not the average lady of the day. She is more than halfway in love with Detective Devanand Hunter, a relationship which will be scandalous for more than half the aristocracy. Her worries right now are not on that score. Her mother the very proper Dowager Compton is in prison for the murder of the Duke of Rufford. The evidence is over whelming, the Rufford family wants to see justice done and this seems the quickest way to achieve it and they are not too bothered if the Dowager is actually guilty or not. Lady Adelaide is not going to take things lying down. She is determined to see her mother vindicated, and free and at the same time find out who the murderer was. She knows socially the family will be outcasts with this scandal and the future of not just her but her younger sister is at stake. The story written with the setting of the English aristocracy with all their eccentricities and foibles, their methods of doing things just so, the attraction between the young Detective and Lady Adelaide, the unscrupulousness of the Rufford family all do their level best to put roadblocks in the investigation. The Police, corrupt as they possibly could just want to finish the case, see the Lady hang and be done with it. I loved the writing style, the setting, the romance (not overly done) and the entire story. I hope I can get more from this author soon.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Homerun2

    I have enjoyed this quirky series, featuring Lady Adelaide, her family, the ghost of her philandering husband, and a handsome Scotland Yard detective. Several last chapters in this novel indicate this is the finale and the author does wrap up any loose ends so this indeed seems like a farewell. The story does start out with a bang as Lady Adelaide's widowed mother is arrested for murder under scandalous circumstances -- she is found holding her own smoking gun standing (in her bloodied peignoir) I have enjoyed this quirky series, featuring Lady Adelaide, her family, the ghost of her philandering husband, and a handsome Scotland Yard detective. Several last chapters in this novel indicate this is the finale and the author does wrap up any loose ends so this indeed seems like a farewell. The story does start out with a bang as Lady Adelaide's widowed mother is arrested for murder under scandalous circumstances -- she is found holding her own smoking gun standing (in her bloodied peignoir) over the dead body of her evident paramour. She claims innocence and her family believe her. Adelaide enlists the aid of Dev Hunter, her societally inappropriate police detective. The murder victim wielded a lot of control over his fractious family so there is no shortage of suspects. This is intelligent fun and I am sorry to see the series end. If you haven't read these, do yourself a favor and go back and start with the first book and continue on. Quite enjoyable. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Lady Adelaide- Addie- doesn't believe her mother Constance murdered her lover the Duke of Rufford, despite the fact that she was found with a gun in her hand. And it happens in a suite at the Ritz Hotel (sigh!). Addie calls on her friend DI Dev Hunter and, also regrettably, Rupert, the ghost of her cad of a husband, to solve the crime. Wait- Rupert is a ghost? Yes, he is trying to do enough good deeds to get out of what is effectively purgatory and into heaven and hopes that crime solving will h Lady Adelaide- Addie- doesn't believe her mother Constance murdered her lover the Duke of Rufford, despite the fact that she was found with a gun in her hand. And it happens in a suite at the Ritz Hotel (sigh!). Addie calls on her friend DI Dev Hunter and, also regrettably, Rupert, the ghost of her cad of a husband, to solve the crime. Wait- Rupert is a ghost? Yes, he is trying to do enough good deeds to get out of what is effectively purgatory and into heaven and hopes that crime solving will help. Cozy readers know that there are multiple people who wanted to see the end of the Duke so be prepared for some red herrings. I've liked this series for its spirit and atmospherics - this will be fine as a standalone. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. I'm sorry this is the last one - be sure to read the epilogues.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    If I hadn't loved every previous installment, the price on this one would have made me wait for the library copy. However, I couldn't wait to see Addie and Dev finally get together. As one reviewer mentioned, I had had enough waiting as their relationship seemed to get nowhere. (sort of a spoiler, maybe) I still can't believe they waited six months after this story ends to even speak to each other. And please don't tell me they did nothing for another 3 years until Dev finished school to marry. If I hadn't loved every previous installment, the price on this one would have made me wait for the library copy. However, I couldn't wait to see Addie and Dev finally get together. As one reviewer mentioned, I had had enough waiting as their relationship seemed to get nowhere. (sort of a spoiler, maybe) I still can't believe they waited six months after this story ends to even speak to each other. And please don't tell me they did nothing for another 3 years until Dev finished school to marry. As always, Rupert is wonderful. He manages to say just the right thing to Addie at the end too. I loved the epilogues, but did anyone else want to see Addie and Dev's mother together? Oh well, perhaps a short story for say, the holidays? I will miss this series. I hope Maggie has something else underway.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Addie has a dead philanderer of a husband (Rupert) who must continue on as a ghost until he has accumulated enough good deeds to move on, a mother who was doing a bit of philandering herself when she was caught with said paramour shot dead in her rooms. With her own gun. Addie also has a partner in detecting (DI Hunter of The Yard) who is on a short medical leave because of an injury and is present to do what detecting he can amongst the aristocracy. Add in a maid who feels that she is so very p Addie has a dead philanderer of a husband (Rupert) who must continue on as a ghost until he has accumulated enough good deeds to move on, a mother who was doing a bit of philandering herself when she was caught with said paramour shot dead in her rooms. With her own gun. Addie also has a partner in detecting (DI Hunter of The Yard) who is on a short medical leave because of an injury and is present to do what detecting he can amongst the aristocracy. Add in a maid who feels that she is so very put upon, a bratty younger sister, and a raft of real characters in this lighthearted cozy mystery. I haven't read the earlier books and never felt lost. Good fun! I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Poisoned Pen Press via Netgalley. Thank you!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    . . . A fun and frothy light period mystery with two of the most captivating protagonists you’ll encounter in this genre. The romantic detective duo of Lady Addie and her Scotland Yard “ partner,” Dev, is very improbable, but nonetheless satisfying. They are smart, fun, and get their “ villain” in the end. . . . (Along with a few other rewards). There is no doubt that a detective novel of this description and content requires a serious “suspension of disbelief,” but it is a long, hot summer and t . . . A fun and frothy light period mystery with two of the most captivating protagonists you’ll encounter in this genre. The romantic detective duo of Lady Addie and her Scotland Yard “ partner,” Dev, is very improbable, but nonetheless satisfying. They are smart, fun, and get their “ villain” in the end. . . . (Along with a few other rewards). There is no doubt that a detective novel of this description and content requires a serious “suspension of disbelief,” but it is a long, hot summer and this book was the perfect tonic. NetGalley provided me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a candid r3view.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beachcomber

    I received a free ARC copy of this via NetGalley and the publishers in return for an unbiased review. This was the first in the series I’d read, but the author managed to share enough that I got a flavour of the characters, without her having to rehash too much of what was said in previous books. I can’t say I cared for the whole ghostly ex husband thing - it seemed a gimmick. It was an OK storyline and concept, but I can’t say it wowed me much, or tempted me to read more of the series. The epil I received a free ARC copy of this via NetGalley and the publishers in return for an unbiased review. This was the first in the series I’d read, but the author managed to share enough that I got a flavour of the characters, without her having to rehash too much of what was said in previous books. I can’t say I cared for the whole ghostly ex husband thing - it seemed a gimmick. It was an OK storyline and concept, but I can’t say it wowed me much, or tempted me to read more of the series. The epilogues at the end seemed a poor attempt to give happy endings for everyone, and Cee suddenly abandoning her position regarding her cousin, was utterly implausible.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Maggie Robinson's series featuring Lady Adelaide Compton is so enjoyable so therefor I was a bit sad at the end when it seemed like this would probably be the last of her adventures. With Addie's mother in jail for killing her lover, it is hard to say which is more surprising - that she had one or that he was a Duke! It takes Addie, DI Hunter and her ghostly late husband to solve the murder. If this is the last book, I will be sorry to see the series end but have enjoyed Lady Adelaide's adventur Maggie Robinson's series featuring Lady Adelaide Compton is so enjoyable so therefor I was a bit sad at the end when it seemed like this would probably be the last of her adventures. With Addie's mother in jail for killing her lover, it is hard to say which is more surprising - that she had one or that he was a Duke! It takes Addie, DI Hunter and her ghostly late husband to solve the murder. If this is the last book, I will be sorry to see the series end but have enjoyed Lady Adelaide's adventures. Thank you to #NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of #FarewellBlues!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This is book 4 in the Lady Adelaide series and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous books. Lady Adelaide is haunted by her dead husband trying to do good deeds to get into heaven. Set in the early 1920's in England you get a picture of class distinction . The re-occurring character of Inspector Hunter is a good love interest for Lady Adelaide. Together they are trying to clear her mother of murder charges. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest This is book 4 in the Lady Adelaide series and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous books. Lady Adelaide is haunted by her dead husband trying to do good deeds to get into heaven. Set in the early 1920's in England you get a picture of class distinction . The re-occurring character of Inspector Hunter is a good love interest for Lady Adelaide. Together they are trying to clear her mother of murder charges. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karren Hodgkins

    I didn't read the others in the series, the ones that led up to this finale, but I did enjoy this one. It's a bit different, that's for sure.. It was frothy and a fun, cozy mystery with a fair number of red herrings along the way. The dead husband (ghost element) wasn't creepy but rather playful and it would seem from the ending and the epilogues that this is the last in the series. If you're into happy endings, you'll enjoy the way the story is wrapped up. My thanks to #Netgalley, Poisoned Pen P I didn't read the others in the series, the ones that led up to this finale, but I did enjoy this one. It's a bit different, that's for sure.. It was frothy and a fun, cozy mystery with a fair number of red herrings along the way. The dead husband (ghost element) wasn't creepy but rather playful and it would seem from the ending and the epilogues that this is the last in the series. If you're into happy endings, you'll enjoy the way the story is wrapped up. My thanks to #Netgalley, Poisoned Pen Press and the author for my honest opinion in exchange for my advance reader copy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    I thoroughly enjoyed this series and I'm a bit sad this is the last instalment. As the other books it was highly entertaining, engrossing and a lot of fun to read. Adelaide and Dev are an unusual romantica couple due to social differences but their chemistry is excellent and I love how they interact. Rupert, the ghost of Adelaide's late husband, is always funny and I like him. The mystery is full of twist and suspects, I couldn't guess the culprit and the motive. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the I thoroughly enjoyed this series and I'm a bit sad this is the last instalment. As the other books it was highly entertaining, engrossing and a lot of fun to read. Adelaide and Dev are an unusual romantica couple due to social differences but their chemistry is excellent and I love how they interact. Rupert, the ghost of Adelaide's late husband, is always funny and I like him. The mystery is full of twist and suspects, I couldn't guess the culprit and the motive. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    A fun cozy mystery with a uniquely fun premise. I had previously read the first book of the series, Nobody’s Sweetheart Now, and had no problem jumping to the fourth. The author gives just enough backstory that connects the dots so I didn’t feel I missed much. And the series is nicely wrapped up with three (yes, three) epilogues. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vicki O.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. Lady Adelaide Compton seems to attract mysteries. In this the fourth and last book of the series, Eddie's mother is charged with murder. Eddie with the help of her sister, Cecelia, her maid, Beckett, and the handsome Anglo/Indian detective, Dev Hunter, takes on the task of proving her mother innocent. The book ended beautifully with loose ends tied up neatly. If you like cozy mysteries set in England, you will like Farewell Blues. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. Lady Adelaide Compton seems to attract mysteries. In this the fourth and last book of the series, Eddie's mother is charged with murder. Eddie with the help of her sister, Cecelia, her maid, Beckett, and the handsome Anglo/Indian detective, Dev Hunter, takes on the task of proving her mother innocent. The book ended beautifully with loose ends tied up neatly. If you like cozy mysteries set in England, you will like Farewell Blues.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Dixon

    In 1920’s London, the elder Duke is shot with his lover’s gun. Now, Lady Broughton sits in jail, baffled. Maggie Robinson’s Farewell Blues stirs a hot, sizzling soup as she adds the ingredients of extreme wealth, power struggles, family feuds and bi-racial love affairs and marriages. Once again, outsiders are blamed for the things that cause the pot to boil over. Pick up a copy of this new release and be prepared for some late-night reading!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Ladensack

    This is such a fun series—this one was sparkling with an enjoyable mystery (if murder can be called enjoyable). I think that perhaps the only thing that was lacking was Lady Adelaide’s mother’s point of view a bit — particularly since she didn’t seem to be well-matched with the dead duke. And I’m super gutted that this is the last book in the series — can we hope that somehow Lady Adelaide and Dev come back to solve more mysteries?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Larry

    This was an excellent book, a fitting end to a wonderful series of four books. I laughed, I cried, and I swore a blue streak. The story was that good! The main characters are very endearing by the fourth book and the plot easily followed through all the twists and turns of a great mystery. I highly recommend this book and the other three as well.

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