“It’s Christmas at London’s Theatre Royale and journalist Daphne King is determined to solve an extraordinary mystery…”
Published in 2022, Murder at the Theatre Royale by Ada Moncrieff is set in December, 1935. Director Chester Harrison’s production of A Christmas Carol has had a troubled run on its tour of regional theatres. With tensions amongst the cast running high, the company reach their final stop – London’s Theatre Royale – a few days before Christmas.
Catastrophe, however, strikes on opening night: ‘Scrooge’ dies on stage, seemingly due to a heart attack. But the show must go on. Until, that is, an old rival of Chester’s is murdered in a dressing room. Are those associated with the production being picked off one by one? Journalist Daphne King is determined to reveal the truth…
Thank you to the author for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Set inside a theatre as a cast of characters are due to perform A Christmas Carol, I loved the setting of the stage and the dressing rooms, with the production providing a subtle festive atmosphere.
Set in the 1930s, I did find the language and dialogue a little old-fashioned and somewhat pompous at the times, but this also helps to transport you into this era, making it reminiscent of a classic murder mystery.
The book does also feel quite slow at the start as events take a while to kick off. But once Daphne gets into the swing of the investigation and begins to unravel details that could lead to revealing the murderer, the story does soon pick up pace and get your mind ticking.
It’s definitely a very mild crime thriller, but that’s what makes it perfect for a quick read over Christmas when you’re looking for an easy read to get comfy with.
These books would also make the perfect gifts with the beautiful covers!
Murder at the Theatre Royale by Ada Moncrieff
Release Date: 13th October 2022
Print Length: 256 pages
Genre: Festive Crime
Publisher: Vintage Books