Second up this evening I have a review for you on the blog tour of A Lethal Arrogance by D. S. Lang, a historical mystery that will take you back in time…..
about the book
Title: A Lethal Arrogance
Author: D. S. Lang
Genre:YA / NA / Adult Historical mystery
Series/Standalone:Standalone Third Book in Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery series
Estimated page count: 230
Formats available: eBook
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
After returning home from her service as a United States Army Signal Corps operator in the Great War, Arabella Stewart’s goal, to save her family’s resort, seems within reach as the summer season progresses. She and her business partner, Mac MacLendon, look forward to re-establishing a successful championship golf tournament, once the signature event of the resort’s year. Problems arise when one of the contestants, an overbearing snob who has created problems at other competitions, clashes with more than one person. When he is found dead, the victim of a suspicious automobile crash, Bella once again helps Jax Hastings, the town constable and her childhood friend, investigate. As they pursue answers, Bella and Jax find several suspects who might have wanted to make the victim suffer for his lethal arrogance.
Bella is looking forward to this years golf tournament with the hope that it will help get her families business back up and running. All goes well until one of the competitors is found dead and the police aren’t sure if it was an accident or something more suspicious. Bella teams up with Jax to help solve the mystery, but is there a killer out there? Or was it just one unfortunate accident?
I haven’t read the previous books in this series so wasn’t aware of the characters or the background. The book does give you some good background as to what has happened before but I felt that I struggled to bond with the characters; I’m assuming because I haven’t had the opportunity to ‘get to know’ them. I did really like Jax and felt sorry for him as he’s struggling with his time in the Great War and carrying a secret that hasn’t yet been fully revealed. It’s clear that him and Bella care about each other, but I found the fact that they’re both really standoffish about it quite frustrating. I’m still not entirely sold on Bella – I think her coldness towards Jax at times got my back up…..
I enjoyed the historical context of the novel and the references to the way of life for the rich and poor following the Great War. The narrative also helps the reader to slip back into their time.
If you’re a golf fan you will enjoy this. I know that the story is set around a golf resort but as someone who doesn’t have an interest in golf I felt the references were a little too much. However, the overall mystery was good and I enjoyed the way Jax and Bella identified and then whittled down the suspects.
So if you’re looking for a historical mystery, enjoy a bit of golf and like slipping back into another time then this could be for you.
about the author
D.S. Lang, a native Ohioan, has been making up stories since she was a little girl, and she still is! Along the way, she studied English and social studies as an undergrad. After graduate school, she went on to teach government and American history in high school. She also taught English at the junior high, high school, and college levels. In addition, she has worked as a program coordinator, golf shop manager, and online tutor.
Now, she spends much of her time reading, researching, and writing. Most recently, she has delved into the Great War era and the years immediately after it. Her Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery Series was inspired by her Great Uncle Brice who served in the American Expeditionary Force during World War One, and by her love of historical mysteries. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, including her dog Izzy.
Where to find D. S. Lang online: Facebook
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to the author for my copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
Enjoy the rest of your evening lovelies.