Violet Hamilton, Lady Detective series


Victorian-era detective series by Hannah Dolby

Book 2: How to Solve Murders Like a Lady

Book 1: No Life for a Lady


5*, 100% recommended.

Book 2: How to Solve Murders Like a Lady

How to Solve Murders Like a Lady is the second novel about Lady Detective Violet Hamilton, now fiancée to detective and furniture restorer, Benjamin Blackthorn.

Violet is, again, an absolute delight. Eager to hone her skills as a detective and get into a ‘real’ detective case, she is bristling with enthusiasm. In the popular seaside town of Hastings and St Leonards, it’s not long before she finds a case; a local woman found murdered on the beach.

Violet’s attempts to investigate are hampered at every turn, but are her opponents just conservatively resistant to the idea of a young woman being a detective or are their motives more sinister?

The novel is a wonderful portrayal of a feisty and charming young woman bursting with energy. She’s also bursting with some hitherto unknown feelings, especially when in proximity to her equally charming fiancé. It’s all very thrilling for her. And for the reader.

The novel is funny, engaging, well paced, with a great cast of well-rounded characters, lots of twists and turns and great dialogue. I enjoyed it just as much as the first in the series, and I am still so utterly charmed by Violet that I am unable to find a single thing wrong with this novel.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARCs. All my reviews are 100% honest and unbiased, regardless of how I acquire the book.

This series is available from all major booksellers.


See below: Book 1 in the series




Book 1: No Life for a Lady

Only the worst curmudgeon would fail to be totally enchanted by Violet Hamilton!

It’s 1896. Violet, 28, lives with her father and is busy resisting his attempts to marry her off. Violet is underwhelmed by any of the candidates and has determined she will not marry. As the novel progresses, she realises that there are far more interesting things she could be doing. Like becoming a Lady Detective.

Her main goal is to find out more about her mother, who disappeared 10 years ago. But as a detective-in-training, there’s plenty of demand for her skills and opportunties to hone them.

This is a wonderful, wonderfully-written novel. It’s lighthearted but clever. Set in 1896 but with a sassy heroine with a modern style. It feels neither old-fashioned nor anachronistic. There’s something of the Zuleika Dobson about Violet, but the real charm of this novel is in the story, plot, pacing and dialogue. It’s funny and deceptively light.

I really hope this is just the first of many novels about Violet Hamilton!

Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC. All my reviews are 100% honest and unbiased, regardless of how I acquire the book.

This series is available from all major booksellers.


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