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Relative Fortunes

(2019)
(The first book in the Julia Kydd series)
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In 1920s New York, the price of a woman’s independence can be exorbitant—even fatal.

In 1924 Manhattan, women’s suffrage is old news. For sophisticated booklover Julia Kydd, life’s too short for politics. With her cropped hair and penchant for independent living, Julia wants only to launch her own new private press. But as a woman, Julia must fight for what’s hers—including the inheritance her estranged half brother, Philip, has challenged, putting her aspirations in jeopardy.

When her friend’s sister, Naomi Rankin, dies suddenly of an apparent suicide, Julia is shocked at the wealthy family’s indifference toward the ardent suffragist’s death. Naomi chose poverty and hardship over a submissive marriage and a husband’s control of her money. Now, her death suggests the struggle was more than she could bear.

Julia, however, is skeptical. Doubtful of her suspicions, Philip proposes a glib wager: if Julia can prove Naomi was in fact murdered, he’ll drop his claims to her wealth. Julia soon discovers Naomi’s life was as turbulent and enigmatic as her death. And as she gets closer to the truth, Julia sees there’s much more at stake than her inheritance…

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Marlowe Benn weaves a rollicking, sinuous portrait of 1920s New York. A story of passion, deceit, gaiety, and manipulation, Relative Fortunes is a hugely entertaining read, and Julia Kydd is a memorable protagonist." - Lindsay Jayne Ashford

"Fans of Agatha Christie novels will love this clever murder mystery, with a cast of suspects to keep readers guessing. Julia Kydd’s endeavour is entertaining and engaging to the end." - Gemma Liviero


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Hardback Editions

August 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Relative Fortunes (A Julia Kydd Novel)
Author(s): Marlowe Benn
ISBN: 1-5420-0521-3 / 978-1-5420-0521-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
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Paperback Editions

January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Relative Fortunes (A Julia Kydd Novel)
Author(s): Marlowe Benn
ISBN: 1-5420-9169-1 / 978-1-5420-9169-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
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Audio Editions

August 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Relative Fortunes: 1
Author(s): Marlowe Benn
ISBN: 1-978659-54-7 / 978-1-978659-54-4
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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August 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: Relative Fortunes (Julia Kydd)
Author(s): Marlowe Benn
ISBN: 1-978659-55-5 / 978-1-978659-55-1
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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August 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Relative Fortunes: A Julia Kydd Novel, Book 1
Author(s): Marlowe Benn
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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August 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Relative Fortunes: A Julia Kydd Novel, Book 1
Author(s): Marlowe Benn
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Relative Fortunes: A Julia Kydd Novel, Book 1
Author(s): Marlowe Benn
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Relative Fortunes: A Julia Kydd Novel, Book 1
Author(s): Marlowe Benn
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Relative Fortunes (A Julia Kydd Novel Book 1)
Author(s): Marlowe Benn
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU