The Serpent and the Scorpion: An Ursula Marlow Mystery

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A gripping mystery of scandal and intrigue starring a spirited and beautiful Edwardian heiress

It?s the end of 1911 and Ursula Marlow, struggling to maintain control over her father?s textile empire, finds her business trip to Egypt interrupted by two violent deaths. The first victim is her new friend, Katya?the mysterious wife of a wealthy Russian financier. Then when a young woman dies in a fire in one of Ursula?s factories just days later, she returns to investigate and discovers the woman was already dead before the fire started. Driven by her need for justice, the headstrong Ursula is determined to unravel the possible connection between the two deaths, the return of her Bolshevik ex-lover, and disturbing events in the Middle East. The Serpent and the Scorpion is a tale of romance, betrayal, and murder that will appeal to fans of Elizabeth Peters, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Jacqueline Winspear.

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Born in Canada and raised in England and Australia, Clare Langley-Hawthorne was a practicing attorney in Melbourne until emigrating to the United States in 1995. Once here, she obtained her MA and LLM and worked as an economist for the health care industry before beginning her career as a writer. She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her Australian husband, her twin sons, and her collie.

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This is the second in the Ursula Marlow series, after Consequences of Sin (2007). As with the first book, there are a number of important threads to the story, but they are presented in a somewhat disjointed manner. The exotic locale is Egypt this time. The romance could be with Ursula’s Bolshevik ex-lover, or maybe with her counselor, Lord Oliver Wrotham. There are two murders for our unconventional heroine to solve as well as plenty of action and intrigue in the years leading up to World War I. Langley-Hawthorne has once again provided an interesting plot, but she needs to continue to work on her characterizations, to smooth out transitions and tighten the focus. The action tends to be so extreme that it is almost a parody of an adventure novel. Likewise, the romantic elements are rather unbelievable, for the most part. However, the mystery is fun, and there is a great cliff-hanger enticing us to look forward to the next one in the series. For an even better suffragette detective, try to find the Nell Bray series by Gillian Linscott. --Judy Coon

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