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A carefree young Londoner in the 1930s has her life turned upside down when her husband is killed. She takes a job at a large daily newspaper and finds herself not only investigating her husband's murder, but also getting embroiled in perilous European politics....

Title : Deadly Scandal
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ISBN : 9780996483124
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 338 Pages
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Deadly Scandal Reviews

  • LORI CASWELL
    2018-12-15 18:19

    Dollycas’s ThoughtsThis is a fantastic debut for this new series! Olivia Denis is one strong woman and I really admire the way she sticks to something when she starts it. She knew her husband could not have taken his own life but the path she takes to find out who really killed him opens doors and reveals more secrets than she ever could have imagined.I loved Kate Parker’s Victorian Mystery Series. She has a great writing style and her stories feature strong women. I knew I would enjoy this book before I even started reading, but she exceeded all of my expectations.She takes us back to the 1930’s in London. Olivia’s husband, Reggie, works in the Foreign Office and handles documents and diplomatic credentials. They had traveled to Germany a few times for his work. Could he have seen something to get him killed? As she tries to determine why he was killed we meet his boss and co-workers. We also meet a friend of Olivia’s who helps her get a job at a newspaper covering the society page. She is also doing some work on the side for the owner of the paper. This story takes place at the cusp before World War 2, where everyone seems to be spying on someone. Everyone is scared about what Hitler has planned. Many Jewish people are leaving Germany and others are holding firm. Parker really gives us a human side to these situations by introducing to some interesting characters and even takes our protagonist on a quick trip to Berlin. All of the characters we meet are richly detailed.This author really knows how to set the scene. It is so easy to “see” all the places this story takes us. The details just form perfect pictures from the streets to the homes with their opulent parties and Olivia’s flat. Olivia quickly sketches what the ladies are wearing so she can describe them in her articles so those take vivid form as well.She also knows how to plot a story that pulls us in and doesn’t let go. There are so many clues but they all have to come together in the right way to solve the mystery. I really enjoyed following in Olivia’s footsteps and having that “AHA” Moment almost simultaneously.Parker has penned an excellent story that all historical mystery lovers will absolutely love. In addition to this fine story, the next best thing is that this is a series so we are going to be meeting some of these characters again and I am really excited about that.

  • Andree
    2018-12-07 13:16

    2.5 stars, but I rounded up. Mostly because there's nothing really wrong with this, it's more that everything felt slightly off. The prose felt slightly clunky. I didn't really love any of the characters. The romance felt somewhat rushed (although sometimes it did actually work). The setting is basically tangential to the English espionage community immediately pre-WWII, and just about every trope/source of drama that could have been mined was mined. There were a million dramatic subplots, and they weren't always well-woven together.Also, Olivia's father is really irritating. Skimmed whenever he showed up.I mean, topic-wise it hits on a lot of things I generally love; I just feel like I've seen a lot of them done better elsewhere.It's readable, but I'm not sure I'm reading anymore.2018 Reading Challenge - a book you intended to read in 2017

  • M. Myers
    2018-11-23 17:12

    I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this. Writing, plotting, character and historical atmosphere were all superb.Kate, the protagonist, is newly widowed on page one. She's smart and resourceful and authentic for her time frame. The mystery twists and turns through pre-WW II London with its openly Nazi diplomats.It's always a treat to find a new author to enjoy.

  • Barb in Maryland
    2018-11-22 13:41

    3.5 stars for the first in a new series.Set in 1937 England, the plot revolves around the death of Reggie Denis, who worked for the Foreign Office. His young widow (our heroine), Olivia, has trouble convincing the police that her husband couldn't have shot himself; that he was murdered, instead. So, naturally, Olivia decides to find out who killed Reggie and why.We are quickly plunged into a plot involving missing documents, Nazi spies, traitors in the Foreign Office, etc. Can our Livvy trust dashing British Army Intelligence Captain Adam Redmond, who keeps showing up at her door? Well, duh, of course she can, as he's the potential romantic interest! Though she is wisely wary of him at the beginning of their acquaintance. Livvy is a believable mix of naive and stubborn, with a big helping of smart. She does get in over her head a few times--believable because she has no training as a spy.The mystery is twisty, the characters are fairly well-rounded, the historical background nicely done. The author kept me turning the pages in a need to know what happens next fashion.I set my rating at 3.5 rather than 4 stars because there were some major eye-roll moments accompanied by more than one "Oh, really?!". However, that won't stop me from reading the next book.

  • Livia
    2018-12-05 17:18

    An outstanding whodunit that takes place in 1930s London. The sleuth is Olivia Denis whose husband is found dead and the incident is ruled a suicide. Olivia knows better and sets out her husband was murdered.With England on the brink of war with Germany, her husband had come under scrutiny as a possible betrayer of government secrets. In order to survive financially Olivia takes a job as a society reporter for a newspaper. The owner of the paper has agreed to provide her a large salary in exchange for an occasional off the cuff assignment that puts her in the direct path of the reason for her husband's murder. It also involves her in the frightening political doings in Nazi Germany. She is experiencing some scary episodes, all the while getting romantically involved with a young British Captain that is counter intelligence. DEADLY SCANDAL is extremely exciting from the first page. Olivia Denis is a force to be reckoned with and this reader can't wait to read the next installment of this series.

  • Katreader
    2018-12-08 16:12

    DEADLY SCANDAL by Kate ParkerThe First Deadly MysteryOlivia Davis is the young wife of a mild mannered member of the Foreign Office in 1930s London as the Nazi Party is gaining power. Olivia's carefree life is turned upside down when her husband is found dead of an apparent suicide. More scandals quickly follow as Olivia realizes it would have been impossible for Reggie to kill himself in the manner in which he died. But who would have murdered him, and why? Forced to take a job so as to remain independent and not move back with her father, Olivia becomes a society reporter. However, her job is more than talking about ladies fashions and birth announcements. Due to her knowledge of people in the Foreign Office, Olivia is also given special assignments to see what certain German officials are doing and who in the Foreign Office just may be a Nazi sympathizer. Olivia discovers her husband is not the man he seemed. Surely he wasn't a traitor, but what did he know that got him killed, and could she be the next target? Unlikely allies are formed and old friendships are questioned as Olivia searches for the truth. As England draws inexorably towards war, so Olivia is drawn into a new life filled with intrigue. DEADLY SCANDAL takes a look at prewar days and social mores. Scandals abound in this new series opener as Olivia Davis is confronted with an apparent suicide, murder, homosexuality, women in the workplace, appropriate mourning behavior and more! There are also Nazis! Kate Parker has created a historical mystery which combines espionage with the flavor of a cozy mystery. The combination is seamless and compelling with a distinct sense of time and place. One feels for Olivia as her way of life comes to end end, yet seems to bring out the best in her. No longer "just" the young wife, she becomes her own person with drive and ambition and a thirst for justice. Just as life is about to change for the world, so Olivia's life has changed, but she's proving that she's more than up for the challenge! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.

  • Damaskcat
    2018-12-14 15:14

    This is an interesting and promising start to a new series of mysteries set in the 1930s just before the start of World War II. Olivia Denis finds her world shattered by the death of her husband, Reggie. She is convinced he was murdered but it seems everyone is determined to tell her that he committed suicide. Olivia knows different and decides to prove it. But first she must find a job so that she can stay in her own flat rather than moving home to live with her father - with whom she rarely sees eye to eye.She lands a job as a reporter for the society column of a newspaper with a secret second job reporting to the owner of the newspaper on European politics as she has contacts in the diplomatic world because of her late husband's job at the Foreign Office. This is a well written and interesting mystery set in an era which saw the world on the brink of upheaval. I thought it portrayed the tense world of European diplomacy extremely well with everyone on edge as Germany gained more and more power.I liked Olivia as a character and I thought the rest of the characters were well drawn too. My only criticism of the book is that it contained far too many Americanisms for a book set mainly in the UK and these did grate on me after a time. There were no American characters and if Olivia herself had been American they would have been acceptable - but she is English. In my opinion the books should have been edited to remove them. That said the book is an excellent read and will appeal to anyone who enjoys historical crime stories.

  • Jeanne Adamek
    2018-12-12 12:30

    In the very beginning of this mystery I was sceptical. I was finding Olivia (the main character) shallow--in other words a "twit". I kept on with the story as I had really enjoyed the authors Victorian Bookshop mystery series and I am glad I did. Olivia grew up and really added depth to her character. After about a third of the book I realized that I was enjoying the way she thought...and I especially loved the loyalty she showed her "murdered" hsuband throughout the story--no mattered what she was told.Deadly Scandal was an unusual mystery told in a unusal (at least for me) time period. I loved the history that Kate Parker brought alive, and especially loved the hints--the bits and pieces of spying....I could actually feel the worry of the idea of going to war.Very much recommended, especially for those who love historic mysteries. 4.5 stars.

  • Jeanne Adamek
    2018-11-29 16:31

    In the very beginning of this mystery I was sceptical. I was finding Olivia (the main character) shallow--in other words a "twit". I kept on with the story as I had really enjoyed the authors Victorian Bookshop mystery series and I am glad I did. Olivia grew up and really added depth to her character. After about a third of the book I realized that I was enjoying the way she thought...and I especially loved the loyalty she showed her "murdered" hsuband throughout the story--no mattered what she was told.Deadly Scandal was an unusual mystery told in a unusal (at least for me) time period. I loved the history that Kate Parker brought alive, and especially loved the hints--the bits and pieces of spying....I could actually feel the worry of the idea of going to war.Very much recommended, especially for those who love historic mysteries. 4.5 stars.

  • Shelley Giusti
    2018-11-22 14:24

    This book has got charm and class, it is refreshing and keeps you wanting more when you are done.Get swept away to the 1930's London era with Kate Parker's Brilliantly written novel, with a fresh cast of characters that will win you over and a story line so intense will be captivated from the first page.I love the details of London and the atmosphere I am looking forward to what Olivia will find herself into next.

  • Shelley Giusti
    2018-11-30 18:39

    This book has got charm and class, it is refreshing and keeps you wanting more when you are done.Get swept away to the 1930's London era with Kate Parker's Brilliantly written novel, with a fresh cast of characters that will win you over and a story line so intense will be captivated from the first page.I love the details of London and the atmosphere I am looking forward to what Olivia will find herself into next.

  • barbie
    2018-12-01 16:30

    Good mysteryLots of twists and turns. Good grasp of emotions before ww2. I look forward to the next book in the series.

  • Stanley Trice
    2018-11-16 19:15

    Olivia Denis’ husband Reggie is killed. The London police rule it a suicide, but obviously it is not. He worked for the British Foreign Service as Hitler is beginning his conquest across Europe. The question is whether a Nazi killed Olivia’s husband or an English spy working for the Nazis. As Olivia investigates, she realizes she never really knew her husband.This is the first in a series using Olivia as a fashion reporter who also works to solve murders in pre-WWII London. It is a great cozy mystery filled with international intrigue, family drama, and the pursuit for justice.I bought this book at the Next Chapter Books and Arts store in New Bern, NC. Mary Jo has a wide selection of local authors and I have found that many, like this author, have written books that are better than most popular bestsellers.

  • Helen
    2018-11-28 11:18

    When Olivia Denis learns of her husband's suicide in a dark alley, she immediately becomes suspicious. Suicide is physically impossible because of fingers that don't move on his right hand and also because he would never go into dark alley ways. But dark times for England are coming (WWII) and things are not what they seem, even her marriage has an incredible aspect. Olivia, with the aid of Captain Redmond (who is he, really?) steps out into this new world of intrigue and even a trip to Berlin.

  • JoAn
    2018-12-10 14:22

    Deadly Scandal by Kate Parker was a quickly paced historical cozy that kept my attention throughout. Ms. Parker's descriptive writing helped to set each scene and her characters are likeable. I enjoyed seeing London through Olivia's eyes as she traveled around for her position as a reporter. I appreciated the research that Ms. Parker did as this book is set before WWII and the tensions and fears that were just beginning to be felt throughout England as Hitler has risen to power were expressed powerfully. I'm looking forward to the next one in this series.

  • Sherri Hollister
    2018-11-30 16:40

    This was one of the best books I have ever read! I love WWII and this mystery is filled with intrigue and tension as war looms on the horizon. When her husband is found dead Olivia Dennis embarks on a quest to prove he was murdered. Unwilling to move home with her controlling father, Olivia takes a job with a newspaper. She is tossed into a sea of intrigue as she searches for clues and tries to help her friend rescue her Jewish relatives from the Nazis. Kate Parker reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick.

  • Ruth Feathers
    2018-11-20 13:12

    This is the first book in a new series, set in the period right before world war 2. Olivia is the widow of a diplomat, apparently a suicide but Olivia knows better. Spies abound in this episode. Looking forward to the next in the series.

  • Heatherinblack
    2018-11-20 11:25

    not too much aristocracy, which is niceThe characters felt realistic. The back drop of pre-WW 2 was interesting. It was a great multifaceted mystery. Looking forward to the next book.

  • L P
    2018-11-18 18:32

    The police are calling the unexpected death of her husband suicide, but Olivia Denis knows it wasn't. As she begins to investigate on her own, Olivia begins to wonder if she really knew her husband at all.One of the best books I've read this summer!

  • Una
    2018-11-29 14:17

    Great book! Loved that the story actually seemed feasible which, for a cozy, is sometimes a stretch.

  • Caren
    2018-12-11 15:37

    3.5 stars fun audio. I really enjoyed the narration.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-08 13:16

    I had such high hopes for this book because of all the great reviews. Having finished, I find myself wondering what I missed.

  • Delia
    2018-12-11 13:19

    2.5 stars actually

  • Charleen
    2018-11-18 13:30

    Hoopla audio listen. Plus/minus. Story takes place in 1937, leading up to WWII. Main character, Olivia, likeable. Story ok

  • Sally Stanton
    2018-11-22 18:38

    2.5 stars. I enjoyed this story. It's probably what readers refer to as a "historical cozy spy/mystery". I found the writing to be choppy and a bit amateurish. Still a bit of fun amoungst all the serious novels out there.

  • Sara Jane
    2018-11-26 17:29

    I enjoyed this book. The female lead character is persistent in her quest for the solution to the he murder of her husband. I enjoy good historical fiction and will read other books by Kate Parker.

  • LuAnn
    2018-11-21 14:30

    Having a husband that worked for the Foreign Office has got to be stressful at the best of times. In London of the 1930's (with WWII on the horizon), it must have been worse. And then Olivia's husband dies one night, victim of a gunshot. Most of the 'powers that be' want to say it's a suicide, to avoid opening a national security can of worms.Of course, Olivia will not accept this. She is a loyal wife, for one. For another thing, her husband's dominant hand was no longer fully functional, and he could not shoot a gun with that hand anymore. But who would have gone through all the trouble to make it seem like a suicide? Someone you probably did not want to mess with, that's for sure. But, of course, Olivia does. But, Reggie had secrets. Some of them dealt with his work, and he could not share them with his wife, Olivia. And then some of them were more personal, but he did not share them with his wife. And while I understand Reggie's reason for his 'big secret', it was neither courteous nor gallant towards Olivia for him to keep her in the dark.I have to 'doff my chapeau' to Olivia. When she finds out, she takes it a lot better than I would have. And the fact Reggie lies about it (by omission) pushes things pretty far towards the unforgivable for me. And the real kicker is that 'society' would judge her more harshly for 'receiving attention from another gentleman' so soon after her husband's death.But I liked Olivia. I really did. Not only did she have the whole Reggie situation (his death and subsequently revealed secrets) to deal with, she stood up to her father and his expectations for her. Women of her social station were expected to get married and not work outside the home. Expectations for Olivia were that she would return to her father's household, be in official mourning for a year or so, and then find another husband. Well, Olivia and her father barely got along to begin with, and she didn't want to wade back into that mess, so she found herself a job at a newspaper, even getting involved with some 'going behind enemy lines' type off activities, for the best of reasons, of course.And I'm ever so glad to hear that this is part of a series. It's hard to get enough of our favorite characters, and Olivia definitely ranks on my list. I can't wait to see what she gets up to next!(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my objective review.

  • Kay Hudson
    2018-12-11 16:21

    Kate Parker begins a new series with Deadly Scandals, set in 1937 London, a few months after the Abdication, when gossip in the city ranges from Mrs. Simpson to the rise of the Nazis. Olivia Denis thought she knew Reggie, her quiet, mild-mannered husband of three years, but when he is found in an alley, dead of a presumably self-inflicted gun shot, she discovers how little she really knew. But she’s sure he didn’t shoot himself, and she sets out to prove it.To do that, she’ll have to find a way to support herself and avoid moving back in with her socially prominent and very proper father. Through a childhood friend, she finds work at a newspaper, ostensibly as a society writer. Her editor has other work in mind—with Olivia’s social connections, she’s ideally suited to attend parties and bring back information gleaned high society, and from Reggie’s colleagues at the Foreign Office and their counterparts at the German Embassy.Was Reggie responsible for documents going missing from the Foreign Office? Whatever she’s learned about him since his death, Olivia can’t believe that. But someone must, or why would they search her flat or follow her on the street? Olivia doesn’t know who to trust, but she teams up with Adam Redmond, an Army Intelligence officer, one of the few people who believe that Reggie was murdered, to dig through the increasing layers of mystery and intrigue.Olivia is a fine heroine, smart, determined, and resourceful. Her sleuthing takes her into the darker corners of a fascinating period in London, with society still shaken by the Abdication and unwilling to believe in the coming war. She discovers that not all the British are loyal—and not all the Germans are what they seem. I hope we’ll see Olivia again soon.

  • Toni
    2018-12-04 19:17

    I just loved Kate Parker's Victorian Bookshop mystery series and so when I found out she was writing a new series set in yet another of my favorite time periods (the 1930s), I knew I had to read it. And I most certainly was not disappointed! The book starts out with Mrs. Olivia "Livvy" Denis identifying her husband, Reggie, in the morgue. He was an employee at the Foreign Office in London, and the police are ready to write off his death as a suicide, but Livvy knows that isn't possible. With no one willing to believe her, she sets out on her own to find out who her husband's killer is. In the mean time, she takes a job as a society page writer for the Daily Premier, a newspaper owned by the father of one of her closest friends, Esther. He, Sir Henry Benton, asks that she also perform some spy work on the Germans while under the guise as a reporter for his newspaper. She agrees, and thus she becomes a newspaper reporter/spy/amateur investigator. Along the way, she meets Captain Adam Redmond, and army officer who is looking into her husband's death as well. After a few initial cautious encounters, the two quickly turn into an investigative duo to unravel the deeper political conspiracy lurking behind Reggie's death. Exciting, fast-paced, and full of wonderful characters, I am once again enthralled by Mrs. Parker's writing talents and eagerly look forward to the next installment in the Deadly series.

  • Liz
    2018-12-09 17:37

    In London in 1937 Olivia Denis husband is found with a bullet hole in his right temple. The police say suicide, Olivia says murder.Many of Olivia's friends and especially her father attempt to keep her quiet on her quest to prove that her British Embassy husband Reggie was murdered and she wants to know why she has to remain quiet and why she cannot prove that it was murder. Reggie worked on the "German" Desk in the embassy and Olivia finds odd men keep following her and showing up at her flat. She wants to know if Reggie's death was a simple suicide why all the interest in his life and what is in their flat.Olivia also must take a job, it is either that or return to live with her father and she refuses to live with him. She becomes a society reporter on a newspaper with secondary assignments that involve her in the dangerous world of politics as Hitler becomes a bigger threat to Europe. The characters are well drawn out and the clues are sprinkled throughout, although like Olivia, you are not quite sure which person or clue to trust. Who is leaking secrets to the Germans and who tried to blame Reggie? Why was Reggie killed? Eventually Olivia finds a man she begins to trust, even though her life is shattered and they begin to piece the puzzle together.Thoroughly enjoyed the read and am looking forward to the next book in the Deadly series.