Death on the Sapphire

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Crooked Lane Books
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6.1 X 0.9 X 9.3 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Like his heroine, Frances Ffolkes, R. J. Koreto is a graduate of Vassar College. He has spent most of his career as a financial journalist. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, and his work has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He lives in New York, NY. This is his first novel.


"Upstairs teams with downstairs in this thoroughly entertaining, witty Edwardian mystery debut... A solid choice for fans of Robin Paige and Downton Abbey."
--Library Journal

"[A] refreshing debut... Readers will look forward to seeing more of Frances in the promised sequel."
--Publishers Weekly

"Lady Frances is a strong, clever protagonist, in the mold of Frances Brody's Kate Shackleton and Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs.Lady Frances is a strong, clever protagonist, in the mold of Frances Brody's Kate Shackleton and Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs."

"Fans of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie will embrace the subtly witty, refreshingly unconventional heroine in Koreto's debut series."
--RT Book Reviews

"I loved every minute...With a memorable heroine, rich atmosphere, and intriguing mystery, Koreto has created a book that will engage and entertain readers. I eagerly await book two. Highly recommended!"
--Historical Novel Society, Editor's Choice

"An intelligent and engrossing historical novel with an wonderfully independent heroine (of the right social class!) and her enterprising maid. But it is by no means a cozy story, delving into the grim realities of war."
--Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness mysteries

"R. J. Koreto introduces a delightful new heroine with Lady Frances Ffolkes. Everyone underestimates Lady Frances and usually to their dismay. You'll love reading about her adventures as she takes time out from her efforts in the Women's Suffrage movement to solve the murder of an old friend."
--Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights

"What a fun read, good storytelling that whisks along at a cracking pace, neatly plotted with a satisfying ending. Lady Frances Ffolkes is irresistible--caring, clever and resourceful. I look forward to meeting her again many times."
--M. R. C. Kasasian, author of the Gower Street Detective series

"A memorable heroine--a young suffragette--and her equally dauntless maid engage in a battle of wits against the Establishment that is ready to kill to keep the truth buried. An enjoyable read."
--Carola Dunn, author of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries

"Spirited and tenacious, Lady Frances Ffolkes is a force to be reckoned with as she endeavors, undaunted by all obstacles, to find a missing manuscript and solve the murder of a family friend in this charming Edwardian-era mystery. With Death on the Sapphire, R.J. Koreto has given us a winning heroine and a thoroughly delightful read."
--Ashley Weaver, author of the Amory Ames mysteries

"Suffragette Lady Frances Ffolkes takes readers on a spirited journey to locate a stolen manuscript and solve the murder of a family friend. Witty, tenacious, and thoroughly engaging."
--Anna Lee Huber, award-winning and national bestselling author of the Lady Darby mystery series