The Distaff Side: A Novel

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Macmillan, Dec 15, 2004 - Fiction - 288 pages
5 Reviews
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.

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

England 1910s-1960. I like that this novel centers mostly around female characters and their lives. I'll just say that if you enjoy Downton Abbey, you will enjoy this novel. Royalty, snobbery, the commoners, thrown in some Russian mayhem and feminism. Read full review

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User Review  - Christine - Goodreads

I found it to be an enjoyable quick and light read. I finished it in two days. The characters were just interesting enough to keep me wanting to turn the pages to find out what happens next. The first ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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.

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