The Distaff Side
By Elizabeth Palmer
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312325398, 288pp.)
Publication Date: November 11, 2004
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When Bertie, a browbeaten son of Britain's upper crust, wants to marry Mai, the feminist who lives in the mansion down the road, his mother, Augusta, the ultra-snobby Langham matriarch, opposes their union. Tides turn, however, with the introduction of Zhenia Dashkova, the mysterious Russian princess in possession of the Dashkov family emeralds. Beautiful and charming, Zhenia catches the Langhams' eyes at once. But what they don't know can hurt them amidst an elaborate web of fabricated identity and stolen jewels. Combining Jane Austen's wit with Sherlock Holmes's story line, The Distaff Side brings historical intrigue to new heists.
Elizabeth Palmer has published several novels with St. Martin's Press, including The Dark Side of the Sun, The Golden Rule, Flowering Judas, Old Money, Plucking the Apple, and Scarlet Angel. Working as a graphic designer from the age of seventeen, Palmer wrote her first novel in 1992, and has since written six additional books. She and her husband live in London.
"Agreeably romantic adventures and high living in town and country . . . entertain."
". . . nicely decorated with period detail . . . will appeal to readers who like their family sagas with a British accent."
"Palmer, quite adept at portraying English country life, creates another entertaining tale."
--Romantic Times Bookclub