The Lady Montfort mystery series

“The fourth entry by Arlen has enjoyable touches of whimsy… more satisfying than the typical country-manor murder.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Death of an Unsung Hero

“Poisoned kedgeree is an unlikely murder weapon — but not in “A DEATH BY ANY OTHER NAME” the third in Bainbridge Islander Tessa Arlen’s engaging series about Lady Montfort and her down-to-earth housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson.” Andrew Woog – Seattle Times

“Clementine has a head on her shoulders . . . [and is] as cagey as she is charming. A neatly crafted whodunit dripping with diamonds, titles and scandal.” Kirkus Reviews for DEATH SITS DOWN TO DINNER

“Incorporating exquisite period detail into her well-mannered mystery, Arlen offers readers an engaging peek into the lives of upper and lower classes of early 1900s England combined with a little history interspersed.” Library Journal for DEATH OF A DISHONORABLE GENTLEMAN

Blog Redoubtable Edwardians

Please visit my blog, Redoubtable Edwardians, which features articles about the colorful eccentrics who populated the era of my books. I hope you will find them as fascinating as I do!


Dogs in WW1

  The cover of DEATH OF AN UNSUNG HERO features a British officer with his dog a not uncommon sight in France and Belgium during WW1.  As complexes of trenches spread throughout the Western Front the need for well-trained military dogs grew until by 1918 Britain, France, Italy and Belgium had over twenty thousand dogs… Read the full article >>

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Chateau Impney and the Salt King

  I am delighted to share Chateau Impney as the house on the cover for Lady Montfort and Edith Jackson’s fourth adventure: Death of an Unsung Hero,  and the story of how I came to choose it as a stand in for the fictitious Haversham Hall.   I had absolutely no interest in the history of Chateau Impney… Read the full article >>

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A Blog on Blighty

I have just finished the copyedit for DEATH OF AN UNSUNG HERO – Lady Montfort and Edith Jackson’s fourth adventure together which takes place at home in Blighty in 1916 as the Battle of the Somme raged on for most of that year.   My copy editor (who struggles to Americanize me) queried my use of… Read the full article >>

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