Review: Chaos at Carnegie Hall by Kelly Oliver


Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in the Fiona Figg and Kitty Lane Mystery series opener.

Can Fiona catch a killer and find a decent cup of tea before her mustache wax melts?

1917. New York.

Notorious spy, Fredrick Fredricks, has invited Fiona to Carnegie Hall to hear a famous soprano. It’s an opportunity the War Office can’t turn down. Fiona and Clifford are soon on their way, but not before Fiona is saddled with chaperon duties for Captain Hall’s niece. Is Fiona a spy or a glorified babysitter?

From the minute Fiona meets the soprano aboard the RMS Adriatic it’s treble on the high C’s. Fiona sees something—or someone—thrown overboard, and then she overhears a chemist plotting in German with one of her own countrymen!

And the trouble doesn’t stop when they disembark. Soon Fiona is doing time with a group of suffragettes and investigating America’s most impressive inventor Thomas Edison.

When her number one suspect turns up dead at the opera and Fredrick Fredricks is caught red-handed, it looks like it’s finally curtains for the notorious spy.

But all the evidence points to his innocence. Will Fiona change her tune and clear her nemesis’ name? Or will she do her duty? And just what is she going to do with the pesky Kitty Lane? Not to mention swoon-worthy Archie Somersby . . .

If Fiona’s going to come out on top, she’s going to have to make the most difficult decision of her life: the choice between her head and her heart.

My opinion:

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Chaos at Carnegie Hall by Kelly Oliver is a cozy mystery. It’s the first book from the » A Fiona Figg & Kitty Lane mystery» series.

Fiona Figg was a temporary special agent at British Intelligence. Since she was a woman the other male agents didn’t trust her. She was sent on missions but always with Captain Clifford Douglas as her chaperone. Lately, she was trying to catch a German spy Fredrick Fredricks. He invited Fiona to Carnegie Hall in America and the War Office couldn’t lose the opportunity to get him. Along with them traveled Captain Hall’s niece Eliza Baker. Their time there was filled with dances, murders, and some very harsh truths.

This is a clean cozy mystery that takes place in 1917. It’s based in Britain at the time of the Great War between the Germans and the British. It’s fast-paced and focused on catching the spy Fredrick and solving the murder of another German. The dialect is British so many expressions were strange to me but other than that it was well-written and easy to understand. I liked how fun the plot was and the characters. Fiona’s and Fredrick’s scenes were by far my favorites. He was a scoundrel for sure and she was a proper miss.

I enjoyed this entertaining cozy mystery and I can’t wait to see what happens on the next mission. I will rate it with 4 stars.

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