Marlowe Benn: Relative Fortunes

Ilip unwittingly turning ut to be a perfect Tommy as a foil for Julia s TuppenceA delicious mix f fiction blended with a little fact well researched and presented there is a strong pening chapter to the book which really helps to set the scene in a no nonsense way The storyline in which Julia then finds herself embroiled moves along at a good pace with a full cast Elmer of clearly defined characters great easy to follow clipped dialogue and some excellent descriptive narrative The ending whilst not perhaps as definitive as I would usually like is definitely all left to the imaginationf the reader but is certainly going to have me looking The Red Stockade out for the next time Julia Kydd crosses my pathSet in a post WWI New York with women having recently attained the right to vote and prohibition in full swing it is all too apparent that for many families it is still very much a man s world and the womenf the household are perceived both personally and financially to be the chattels f their male counterparts and not to be trusted with even the smallest modicum f independence freedom f speech r almost indeed freedom f thoughtJulia educated in the US then leaving for London as soon as she was able has now returned to New York at the behest f her step brother Philip and his lawyers to try and unravel the nonsense The Something of their late father s will It wouldn t be giving too much away to reveal that Julia is somethingf a bibliophile who dreams with the help f her portion f the inheritance f running her wn small bespoke publishing and book binding house Well given what the times dictate and no matter how much progressive the US is in some matters than their UK counterparts at least by Julia s reckoning you can imagine what happens next Or can you I certainly didn t as the final pieces A Killing Tide of the jigsaw puzzle which is Philip and Julia s life arenly revealed right near the end f the story Totally unexpected although it really shouldn t have been as nce again some excellent research has thrown up a scenario which was completely plausible for the times I was left a little breathless but somewhere in the back f my mind a whole new plan was forming Is Philip really the dark horse that I would like him to beJulia s wealthy friend Glennis Rankin contrives to involve Julia in her intense family traumas where she uickly works ut that to a person a noxiously complex group Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! of pretentious individuals you would be hard pushed to find with the exceptionf the lovely Glennis herself At first she cannot wait to make her excuses and get away from the company Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles of so many people it is almost impossible to connect with in any sensible fashion But when a double disaster strikes which involves both Glennis and herself personally Julia is set a challenge by the ever erudite Philip which she neither wants tor cannot afford to refuse and Glennis is certain that there is villainy afoot in the Rankin household Thus setting The Royal Joust off a chainf events which through the astute written power American Maharajah of characterisation showcases the entire Rankin family in all their disturbingly true colours and provides an excellent studyf human behaviour and social commentary completely in tune with the thinking f the timesTypical f the tried and tested Agatha Christie case solving formula Julia contrives to gather all the suspects around her in a place f her choosing to finally ut the suspect However hand Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan on heart shenly really actually knows half the story for certain as every single ne f them played some small part in bringing poor Naomi s life to an end So she throws down some timely seeds The Quarterback's Crush of doubt and stands back as her castf suspects begin to argue and bicker amongst themselves unwittingly divulging a little at a time pieces f the puzzle which Julia hadn t really known for certain Eventually Julia can see the wood for the trees confidently names her suspect and nce again steps aside a viewer to the most unseemly behaviour which then followsDefinitely a case f The female f the species is deadly than the male although Achtung! Cthulhu only justA multi aspect well constructed storyline whichffered a lovely blend Infamy of plot and character driven storytelling Completely believablebservationally astute and descriptively very visual and tenseI would have loved to read Passing Fancies book 2 in the Julia Kydd series back to back however previous commitments don t make that possible I shall definitely be boosting the book up my TBR at every possible General P.T.G. Beauregard opportunity and please keep the stories coming Marlowe Mypinions about Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn went back and forth uite a bit I downloaded the sample and enjoyed that enough to buy the ebook I liked the book My Wishful Thinking or less but wouldn t read anotherne as this is apparently the first in what will be known as the Julia Kydd series Julia Kydd is an heiress living abroad in London She is about to turn 25 and come into her full inheritance Her brother Philip the trustee The Boy and the Blue Moon of the will has summoned her to New York City He is contesting the validityf the will Julia returns to New York after a long absence not knowing what to expect as she does not know her brother ten years r so her senior very well While in NYC she runs into an ld friend fr. Nheritance her estranged half brother Philip has challenged putting her aspirations in jeopardyWhen her friend’s sister Naomi Rankin dies suddenly f an apparent suicide Julia is shocked at the wealthy family’s indifference toward the ardent suffragist’s death Naomi chose poverty and hardship ver a submissive marriage and a husband’s control f her money Now her death

Set in Manhattan in a time f suffragists and prohibition bootleggers and soap box rators Julia Kydd a bibliophile and modern woman finds herself in a situation that reuires her to solve the mystery concerning the suspicious death f her friend s sister As she delves into Naomi s life and death she sees parallels between her situation in which her estranged brother controls her fortune and Naomi s whose brother forced her into dire circumstances by controlling her inheritance I loved that the author never preached about the issues and lets the readers draw their wn conclusions while providing a clear view f the issues Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day of the time Women have been tortured and suffered inrder to get the vote A new type f modern woman is envisioned a woman with independence and free will in all areas f her life This type Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) of woman is still held back by the normsf the day a brother r father r uncle is reuired for them to set up a bank account and it s the norm for the males to control the purse strings Sexual independence is almost unfathomable It s still the case that a woman must marry to secure her fortune The reader is dropped into this tumultuous time Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks of great social change There is a lotf food for thought At the end I realized that although so much was done to secure Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman our right to vote women s rights still have a long way to go to be considered eual We still do not have eual rights enshrined in the Constitution we still earn less than men for the same work In the end this novel reinforced mywn commitment to securing those rights for allBeyond that the novel moves along at a good pace with a good puzzle to be solved I loved it and didn t want it to end This started slow but ended strong Full RTC 35 stars This was a slow slow slow burn Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition of a novel I liked Julia she was a fun independent modern 192o s woman Yet for being modern she was woefully ignorant to the women s rights movement that was happening all around her in England and America This was slightly unbelievable to me If your character is championing herwn free will her disinterest in getting married and her enthusiasm for starting her Heaven Next Stop own company you would think she would know how the political climate was changing becausef women like her fighting for women to have that free agency I don t know it just didn t fit the rest f the character s persona for her to be ignorant f such a large issue that effects her so prominently It honestly felt like it took FOREVER to get to the juice f this novel The desc What a great debut novel An accomplished letterpress printer Marlowe Benn holds a master s degree in the book arts from the University f Alabama and a doctorate in the history Bases Loaded of books from the Universityf California Berkeley Her protagonist Julia Kydd s desire is launch her Have A Good Night, Volume 1 own private press in New York City But first she has to secure funds from her impending inheritance Thenly things in the way are a feud with her lder half brother an insistent suitor imploring her to sail back to Europe marry him and a murder mystery to solveThe setting is the 1920 s after the 19th ammendment granted women the right to vote in the US but most laws still treated women as their husband s possession even allowing another male relative to control her personal finances Julia strikes up a wager with her brother to get her fair share f the inheritance if she can solve the mysterious death f a wealthy friend s sister who was an active suffergistThe story is taken partly from actual events and people in the news at the time and feels accurateJulia and her half brother Phillip are both sharp witted and their dialogue is entertaining as well as the many ther well thought When You Lose Your Job out charactersI am so glad to see that this engaging story may be a series looking forward to the next installment I m giving it a 3 because it frustrated me so much I wanted to hearf the beginnings f the Eual Rights Amendment and all the ther social injustices that were brought up I had no picture in my mind Isabel the Queen: Life and Times of what the main characters looked like I will read the next in the series as it ended how I thought it should Sometimes death is the loudest voice you have Right so how toffer up my best review Fantastic Post Office 03 of this book without giving away any too many spoilersI am already a dedicated fanf traditional classic mystery stories however many Tim Crouch of these are by their very definition English centric so I was interested to see how well the genre would transfer across the Atlantic to the USA I need not have worried as in author Marlowe Benn s expert hands the transition was seamlessly elegant with a new and vibrant castf characters a textbook storyline beautifully executed together with a satisfying conclusion which would have done Dame Agatha Christie the great lady f the genre proud whilst leaving the door firmly pen for the expanded series to become the undoubted success I predictIn fact at Drawing the Human Head one point during the story my favourite new amateur sleuth Julia Kydd is actually likened to someone hoping to emulatene Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics of the protagonists from the booksf the great progressive new author Mrs Christie This set me thinking about the great lady s characters DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford with Julia s brother Ph. In 1920s New York the pricef a woman’s independence can be exorbitant even fatal In 1924 Manhattan women’s suffrage is ld news For sophisticated booklover Julia Kydd life’s too short for politics With her cropped hair and penchant for independent living Julia wants nly to launch her wn new private press But as a woman Julia must fight for what’s hers including the

Om school Glennis Rankin Glennis is also a member f an ld wealthy respectable family Julia attends a family party at the Rankin residence a party that ends in disaster when Glennis learns that her lder sister Naomi has been found dead Glennis automatically assumes that Chester the lder brother had something to do with her death He hated Naomi because f her political activities Julia agrees with Glennis that the family is hushing up her death to avoid a scandal and agrees to ask uestions mostly to calm Glennis However Julia is soon convinced that someone is hiding the full truth about Naomi s death and she and Glennis embark n a dangerous investigation that ends up uncovering unsavory family secrets This isn t a bad novel but it s not great either I think the editor should have sent it back to the author who according to her bio has also worked as an editor so I find that troubling to cut some f the unnecessary details and tighten the pacing and plot The supposed main plot is Naomi s mysterious death but it s Pontius Pilate often mired in Julia s fight with her brotherver the will Before the lawyers announce their decision she and Philip enter into a wager he says Naomi died by suicide she says it s murder If she proves him wrong then he will drop his claim Livin de Life on her inheritance If she loses then she has to give up her inheritance no matter what the lawyers decide It s a stupid wager for her to make as her legal claims have never been uestioned until now and she has a good chancef winning But she agrees to it because she s an idiot and because she s goaded into it by Philip She wants to prove him wrong at the possible expense Aeralis of giving up her inheritance hernly income The amateur sleuthing by Glennis and Julia into Naomi s murder is very slow to start The drama about Julia s inheritance comes first but even that is slowed down by lots Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half of descriptionsf the fine art Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives of book printing While I find this subject potentially interesting it takes up way too much space in the novel Julia goesn and Radio Crackling, Radio Gone on andn about it I eventually began skimming those sections because the extra details don t add anything to the story The mystery itself isn t too complicated There s something The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit of a twist at the end but nothing too earth shattering I pretty much had it figuredut before Julia had even decided to start investigating not because I m a genius but because it wasn t all that difficult The characters in the book are a problem for me I didn t care for any Limey Gumshoe of them Julia and her brother Philip are thenly somewhat intriguing people but when view spoilerit s revealed that Philip is not related to her I could already see the prickly sibling rivalry turning into a romance Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate of the we hate eachther but also passionately love each ther and will show it via a war f wits kind I actually like those kinds f romances but it s so predictable already I see no reason to read the next book to see it actually happen hide spoiler With Relative Fortunes the first book in Marlowe Benn s Julia Kydd series I think it s safe to say it s me not the book Although I love a good historical crime I am extremely picky about such reads and in this case this ne wasn t uite for meRelative Fortunes is a book that takes a long time to start much longer than I would have liked With my mysteries I like it when things start to come together much sooner than they did in this Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade one and there were plentyf points where I did consider putting this Harcourt School Publishers Collections one down It s certainly an inte I gave this three stars because for about the first halff the book I thought this book would never get going and almost stopped reading it But eventually I got caught up in the story I ll probably read future books From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure of the series now that the probable recurring characters have been established Author Marlowe Benn book Relative Fortunes is a breathf fresh air amid the countless books that hit the market On Toby's Terms on a daily basis While I hesitated deliberating between this and a fewther Kindle First books I eventually chose this as my second choice f the month Happily it is the better f the two readsMs Benn displays a wonderful talent for stringing the right words together and the novel is an endless stream Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land of descriptive passages Add to that the distinct characters that walk throughout the pages and you have something special The book is listed in both the Historical Fiction and Mystery rankings both apt descriptionsf the story The author s writing style easily place it in the historical fiction category This is not merely a tale placed at a certain time in history There are many references to the time period f the book early 1920s and through the expressive prose ne can easily imagine standing side by side with heroine Julia Kydd The Indiscretion overall plot reflects the era when men made mostf the decisions and women had to struggle to achieve any respect Indiscretion outside the home Julia s brother has posed a challenge that she is not able to refuse as itffers the nly possibility for her to gain control f money that is rightfully hers Ms Benn weaves an intriguing account Soul Dust of Julia s efforts Based upon the talent displayed in the future I will not hesitate when I see anotherf the author s books Five stars. Uggests the struggle was than she could bearJulia however is skeptical Doubtful f her suspicions Philip proposes a glib wager if Julia can prove Naomi was in fact murdered he’ll drop his claims to her wealth Julia soon discovers Naomi’s life was as turbulent and enigmatic as her death And as she gets closer to the truth Julia sees there’s much at stake than her inheritanc.

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Born near Boston Marlowe Benn grew up in an Illinois college town along the Mississippi River Her debut novel Relative Fortunes was featured in the First Reads program and CrimeReads named it one of 2019's best traditional mysteries Her second novel Passing Fancies comes out in June 2020 A former editor college teacher and letterpress printer Benn holds a doctorate from Berkeley