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The Rival Queens

(2001)
(The second book in the Countess Ashby De La Zouche series)
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London 1699. Those intrepid and impecunious heroines the Countess Ashby de la Zouche and her maidservant Alpiew are once more scavenging for scandal to entertain the readers of that scurrilous rag, the London Trumpet. With the bailiffs as ever in hot pursuit, the Countess and Alpiew are reduced to seeking refuge in a philosophical lecture at the York Buildings concert hall. But their expectations of a dull evening are confounded when one of the players staggers on to the stage, her hands dripping with blood. A doyenne has been decapitated under their very noses.

The unlikely sleuths find themselves with an abundance of suspects: players, phanatiques, punks, pink ribbons, a Punch and Judy man - not to mention a painter with a silver proboscis. Determined to leave no stone unturned, they pursue their quarry from the Tower of London to Bedlam, with a brief detour to the wilds of Wapping. Along the way they uncover (with a little help from Samuel Pepys) a web of intrigue and corruption that extends to the highest echelons of society and the judiciary.

Genre: Mystery
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Praise for this book

"A delicious, rollicking romp of a mystery that kept me enthralled. Fidelis Morgan writes just the sort of story I love, full of sensuous details that make history come alive. I can't wait to read her next one." - Tess Gerritsen


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Hardback Editions

September 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Rival Queens: A Novel of Artifice, Gunpowder and Murder in Eighteenth-Century London
Author(s): Fidelis Morgan
ISBN: 0-688-17684-4 / 978-0-688-17684-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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November 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Rival Queens (A Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery)
Author(s): Fidelis Morgan
ISBN: 0-00-711635-7 / 978-0-00-711635-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Rival Queens: Countess Ashby de la Zouche #2
Author(s): Fidelis Morgan
ISBN: 1-934609-75-7 / 978-1-934609-75-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem
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November 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Rival Queens: A Novel of Murder in Eighteenth-Century London
Author(s): Fidelis Morgan
ISBN: 0-06-052206-2 / 978-0-06-052206-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
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November 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rival Queens (A Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery)
Author(s): Fidelis Morgan
ISBN: 0-00-651453-7 / 978-0-00-651453-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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December 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rival Queens (A Countess Ashby De La Zouche Mystery)
Author(s): Fidelis Morgan
ISBN: 0-00-713017-1 / 978-0-00-713017-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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November 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rival Queens (A Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery)
Author(s): Fidelis Morgan
ISBN: 0-00-232696-5 / 978-0-00-232696-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Audio Editions

October 2003 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Rival Queens
Author(s): Fidelis Morgan
ISBN: 0-7531-1817-3 / 978-0-7531-1817-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Rival Queens (Countess Ashby dela Zouche Book 2)
Author(s): Fidelis Morgan
Publisher:
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