THE UNACCOMPANIED WIDOW by Tracy Cooper-Posey
Adelaide Becket Story 3.0
Historical Suspense Espionage Novelette
Lady Adelaide is on her own…
In Edwardian Britain, Lady Adelaide Azalea Margaret de Morville, Mrs. Hugh Becket, continues her work for William Melville, spymaster. Adele accompanies King Edward and Queen Alexandra to Dublin where the King will attend the Irish International Exhibition. Events go awry even before they depart England, for the Irish Crown Jewels are stolen and King Edward takes the theft as a personal insult to the Crown.
Then the renown Irish MP, Eilish Slane, who is a personal friend of the King’s, is found murdered in a Dublin hotel. Adel attempts to investigate while navigating the shoals of the King’s temper, the actions of Irish Nationalists, the provocations of the British and Irish press, and the prejudices of men everywhere. And she must work alone, for Melville and his cohorts remain in England…
This novelette is the third in the Adelaide Becket Edwardian espionage series.
The Adelaide Becket series.
1: The Requisite Courage
2: The Rosewater Debutante
3: The Unaccompanied Widow
4: The Lavender Semaphore
5: The Broadcloth Midnight
…and more to come.
An Edwardian Suspense Espionage series
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Every time I finish an Adelaide Becket book I am a bit shocked to realize that I have reached the end. That so much story has unfolded, in shut a short book. Proof again, of Ms. Cooper-Posey’s exceptional story telling skills. Lady Adelaide (Adele) is a wonderfully rich character that continues to surprise. It is wonderful to watch as she meets each new challenge. This was book three in the series. I highly recommend you pick up this and the first two books. A wonderful way to spend the weekend. I can’t wait to see what new challenges Lady Adelaide will experience in the next volume. I read an advance review copy of this book.
I was enthralled by the story and entranced by the likeable characters, whilst swept along in Adele's visit to Ireland.
Historical details immersed me in the times by adding texture and flavour to the setting, behaviours and backdrop of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed being swept along on another of Adele's adventures with interesting new characters and of course the uncovering of plots and schemes that kept me guessing right through the story.
Adelaide shared her emotions and reactions which engaged my interest and had me empathizing with her as a very real person in challenging situations.
I'm looking forward to getting to know more about Adele and her fellow spy companions in the next installment of the series.
I appreciate the brief recap at the start of the book but recommend that you start at book one of the series to fully enjoy getting to know Adele and her evolution as a spy.
This is a short story in the Adelaide Becket Historical Suspense series. This is a novella but Tracy continues to keep you enthralled that you can't put the book down.
This is another short story in the Adelaide Becket Historical Suspense series. Adelaide seems to find trouble everywhere she goes. This time she is in Ireland and trouble definitely finds her there. I find myself really liking Adelaide for being herself as much as she can while dealing with the attitudes about women in Edwardian Britain. Torin Slane was introduced in this book and I hope we get to see more of him. A great new addition to a beautifully written series. I cannot wait to see more of Adelaide Becket and the adventures she will get into.
The Unaccompanied Widow is the third novelette in the Adelaide Becket series. I really like the twist of the story, it's very unexpected and it accomplished to keep me interested, and I also like where the main character is going, you can easily see her growth. But what I love the most about these stories is they are progressing quite fast despite the length of the book. In a time when I struggle to keep my attention to one thing this is an oasis, because I get excellent character and story development in a small doses of a book. I enjoyed it a great deal! Already waiting for the next one
Lady Adelaide continues her spy work. This time without backup. She is underestimated due to her gender. In both her intelligence and ability to read a good book.
A “robbery” is really a murder. The reader will find themselves immersed in the times and the action. Enjoyable and quick read.
Our heroine is progressing at her job, as a spy, in leaps and bounds. She acts as any man in her position would, which in the 1900's, is quite unheard of. The authors brillant view of this gun and knives spy world is both refreshing and splendidly candid through the eyes of a strong woman who doesn't take any guff from anyone. I do believe we have a budding female Sherlock Holmes; deducing clues around her with speed and accuracy. I can't wait to see what's around the proverbial corner, and I'd definitely like to see it in a novel. Wouldn't this make a great Amazon, Hulu, or Netflix series?
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EXCERPT FROM THE UNACCOMPANIED WIDOW
COPYRIGHT © TRACY COOPER-POSEY 2021
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
The cab dropped her in front of the Shelbourne Hotel, on Baggot Street. While two of the staff hurried to remove her trunk and take it into the hotel, Adele paid the cab driver and lingered upon the pavement to study the park across the road. It appeared to be a very pleasant place.
The clouds had grown tattered and were blowing away, letting the sun play upon green leaves and grass, and a pretty wrought iron fence separating the park from strollers upon the footpath. Adele glimpsed statuary and flowers inside the fence.
A footman cleared his throat, next to her. “Shall I show you t’ front desk, m’lady?” His accent was charming.
She gave him a smile. “Please, yes. Lead on.”
The interior of the hotel was as grand as Pureton’s recommendation had implied. White marble dominated—on square columns, arches, round columns and the roof. The floor was also white marble, with a thick carpet muffling footsteps. The tops of the columns and the vaults of the ceiling were gilded. Tall vases of freshly cut blooms perfumed the air, and the chandelier overhead glowed with a steadiness that told her it was powered by electricity. It was a modern touch that pleased her.
She moved over to the front desk, taking off her gloves. The clerk behind the desk gave her a smooth nod. “M’lady.”
“I require a room for three nights, thank you.”
The clerk pulled the heavy registrar over in front of him, plucked his pen out of the inkwell and tapped it off. “Is m’lady accompanied by her husband?”
Irritation bit her. “I am a widow,” she said coldly.
“Unaccompanied,” the clerk pronounced, as he wrote.
“I am Lady Adelaide Azalea Margaret de Morville, Mrs. Hugh Becket,” she told him. “I am part of King Edward’s royal party and will be accompanying the King to the Exhibition tomorrow and Thursday.”
The man’s shoulders straightened. He glanced at her, and she saw surprise in his eyes, although his features remained quite fixed. “Lady Adelaide,” he said, his head bowing once more. He turned and plucked a key from the board behind him and held it out to a footman. “Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you while you are our guest.”