Black Cats and Butlers
By Janine Beacham
Can Rose and her league of sword-wielding butlers solve the mystery of Argyle's death? Knives aren't just for cutting cucumber sandwiches, you know...
For fans of Murder Most Unladylike and The Clockwork Sparrow
The Clockwork Sparrow meets Downton Abbey
When Rose Raventhorpe's beloved butler is found (gasp!) murdered in the hallway of her own house, she's determined to uncover the culprit. Especially since he's the third butler to die in a week!
Rose's investigation leads her on a journey into a hidden world of grave robbers and duelling butlers, flamboyant magicians and the city's ancient feline guardians.
Knives aren't just for cutting cucumber sandwiches, you know . . .
A former journalist, Janine Beacham has written all her life. She has always loved fairy tales and fantasy, and as a child would make up games for her friends to play at school. Janine once entered a competition where the prize was a real-life butler - which partly inspired the secret society of butlers in the Rose Raventhorpe Investigates series. Janine lives in Western Australia with her family.
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09 Mar 2017
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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Grave robbers, magicians and ancient feline guardians will keep young readers gripped. — South Wales Evening Post
Fun to read, this is a sprightly told tale of murder and trickery with a twisty plot and a cast of unlikely characters led by the smart and determined Rose Raventhorpe. — Julia Eccleshare, Love Reading 4 Kids - Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month
...for me, the stand-out element is the amount of humour in the story - caricatures abound from the butlers and their gloves, to Emily, Rose's friend in mourning. A historical giggle with darkness and magic. — Minerva Reads
This stunning debut by Australian author Janine Beacham is definitely one for the curious, who love stories that are a little dark and a little different — Read it Daddy
This is an unputdownable, exciting first book in a new series: Rose Raventhope Investigates, full of surprises and seeped in Victorian atmosphere with interesting, well-rounded characters. It will keep you guessing to the very end. — Debbie Williams, Primary Times
This is a funny, page turner of a book... — Making Them Readers