The Painted Lady

The Painted Lady Araminta Jewell is one of the beauties of her day a witty resourceful dazzling young lady who manages to resist all the blandishments that come her way Even her marriage to the staid and ugly Sir Ma

  • Title: The Painted Lady
  • Author: Edward Marston
  • ISBN: 9780749080778
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • Araminta Jewell is one of the beauties of her day a witty, resourceful, dazzling young lady who manages to resist all the blandishments that come her way Even her marriage to the staid and ugly Sir Martin Culthorpe has not discouraged the rakes of London for them she has assumed an almost iconic status Before she wed, a special club had been set up the Society for theAraminta Jewell is one of the beauties of her day a witty, resourceful, dazzling young lady who manages to resist all the blandishments that come her way Even her marriage to the staid and ugly Sir Martin Culthorpe has not discouraged the rakes of London for them she has assumed an almost iconic status Before she wed, a special club had been set up the Society for the Capture of Araminta s Maidenhood with the first man to bed her standing to win a sizeable wager Though she is now a wife, she is still pursued with unflagging zeal It is during her first sitting for a portrait painted by the fashionable French artist Jean Paul Villemot that the architect Christopher Redmayne meets the lovely Lady Culthorpe, although he has heard much about her through his dissipated brother Henry, one of her most ardent pursuers Before the portrait can be finished and revealed, however, Sir Martin is murdered Joining forces with Henry and his good friend the puritan Constable Jonathan Bale, Christopher embarks on a quest to discover the killer s identity But with each new day bringing a fresh batch of suspects, and the matter of whether Sir Martin was killed because of his shady business dealings or for the exquisite prize of his wife still unclear, Christopher knows this will be far from an easy case to crackVIEWS This is a thoroughly entertaining romp, an easy read with nice pieces of period dialogue, amusing characters and a puzzle to solve Just the book for an evening s read by a snug fire when it s pouring down outside Historical Novels Review

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    1. Araminta Jewell is the idol of a group of restoration rakes with their eyes on her virginity. She scuppers their plans by marrying. One of them, however, is not standing for this, and when her husband is murdered it is up to Christopher Redmayne and Jonathan Bale to find the culprit before an innocent man is executed for a crime he didn't commit.The sixth, and sadly, last of the Christopher Redmayne novels by Edward Marston. He switched to doing only his railway crime novels after this one. Whic [...]

    2. 2.5 starsI can't decide if I like Christopher Redmayne or notd given that he's a pretty big part of the Christopher Redmayne books, that could be a problem. The mystery was predictable, the dialog horrendous (comprised of clipped, short sentences throughout), the character development non-existent (everybody is either pure of thought, or a sinner of the worst kind) and yet, I read the full book and don't feel it was a complete waste of time. I may even give Christopher another try.

    3. I really enjoyed reading this book and found the historical element quite fascinating. I also enjoyed trying to solve the mystery (unsuccessfully) throughout the book. I couldn't quite relate to the motivation behind some of the characters and thought the detectives could have unravelled some things earlier. Overall, I was glad I read the book and would read more of Marston's books.

    4. Picked this book up at a library sale. Didn't realize it was in a series. Liked the historical information given about the time period. Storyline was ok.

    5. The Painted Lady by Edward MarstonI gave this book 4.75 out of 5 stars.I really loved this book, The story is based on an architect and a local constable set in 1671 they have come together and formed a friendship which included working on crime solving together. The story is about Araminta Jewell and the 4 men who have formed a passionate attachment to her, a great beauty who wants nothing to do with them. They send her gifts and notes and poems and she wants nothing to do with them. She marrie [...]

    6. A murder mystery set in restored London after the London Fire, about 1670 called the Parliament House by Edward Marston. This was a quick reead (my favorite) with little bits of historical information spattered here and there, without forcing the history down your throat, and thus admirably able to draw you into the story of Christopher and Susan, how their courting will be effected by the attempt on her father's life and Christopher's brother and his life of hedonistic stupidity.I love historic [...]

    7. NarratorGlen McCreadyAbr/UnabrUnabridgedGenreCrime MysteryAbout The Book - Araminta Jewell is a beauty; a dazzling young lady who manages to resist all the blandishments that come her way. But even her marriage to Sir Martin Culthorpe has not discouraged the rakes of London and she is still pursued with unflagging zeal. It is during her first sitting for a portrait that Christopher Redmayne meets the lovely Lady Culthorpe, although he has heard much about her. Before the portrait can be finished [...]

    8. #6 in the Christopher Redmayne, London architect, mystery series. Set around 1670 after the Great London fire of 1666. Redmayne has been commission to design and build a home for an increasing popular portrait painter who has settled in London from Paris. The painter is arrested for the murder of the husband of the woman he has been commissioned to paint and Redmayne, with the help of his friend Constable Jonathan Bale, sets out to prove the painter innocent and find the real murderer. It is lig [...]

    9. Before I rate This Book, I have to mention that this is the First book of this series, that I have read so I can not judge this book as a part of a series but it will be judged on it's own.As a stand alone book, it is readable, although in some chapters, I felt that I ve been reading the same sentences 3 times or more which I did not appreciate. No Clifthangers and no surprises. Unfortunately, The Story is interesting but it was not excuted wisely.Good Effort but not very inspiring, taking into [...]

    10. The usual enjoyable, fast read that I have come to expect from Edward Marston with some great bits of historical info, for instance, this time we get a little background on Molly HousesI still like all the supporting characters, such as Christopher's brother Henry, and Constable Bale, but I am getting a little weary of Henry always being at the centre of the mystery as to almost always be a suspect - it's getting to be a coincidence too far.

    11. A first time reading an Edward Marston book and found it to be entertaining. Although Marston does not give lengthy descriptions and conversations, which I enjoy, the storyline moves along quickly and holds ones interest. It also was the first "mystery" I have read in some time.I did not solve the mystery. I probably would read another if one were available through our library system. I will be eternally grateful that I did not live during that time period.

    12. Love this series and this was one of my favorites. I wish the author would write more books featuring Christopher Redmayne. My only complaint is that the author left the Christopher / Susan Cheever relationship hanging. Why can't authors ever have a "everyone lived happily ever after" ending any more?

    13. This was a fun historic whodunit, but that was all it was. I just noticed that it's one in a series of whodunits all featuring the same sleuth. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook while driving, but the story line was a bit silly. I might pick up another one in the series, but I'm not going to look for them.

    14. A group of rakes have determined to debauch society beauty Araminta Jewell. One of the advantages to marrying her beloved husband is that she will now have protection against the rakes. But her husband dies, and (for some reason) there is no one left to protect her but Christopher Redmayne. I found THE PAINTED LADY an enjoyable, very fast read written in Marston's usual smooth style.

    15. I enjoyed this book. The dastardly brother was a nice counterpoint to the two main protagonists. I haven't read any of this series before but I think I will try some of the others. The story was engaging and I found the twist at the end when the murderer was revealed was a neat tying up of the story.

    16. This historical mystery takes place in London after the Great Fire of 1666. Our sleuth is an architect, Christopher Redmayne. I've read many books by this author, but this is the first I've read in this series.I read the hard copy--a problem with

    17. A pleasant surprise, loved the periodicity of the novel, surprisingly (in a good way of course) racy pace for a historical setting and loved the gradual development of the characters particularly the notorious rakes!

    18. Christopher Redmayne, a Restoration architect, solves the theft and murder of a woman’s husband and portrait. Good.

    19. Not as good as Edward Marston's other books, in my opinion. Worth reading for continuity with the series though.

    20. This was quite good. I had picked it up on a whim and am saddened to see it's the last of the six book series. A nice take on the historical murder mystery genre with excellent characters.

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