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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / Historical
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Lady Evelyn Mysteries
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:380
  • Paperback ISBN:9781631929939

A Poisonous Journey

Lady Evelyn Mysteries

by Malia Zaidi

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A Poisonous Journey is the first book in the historical mystery series, The Lady Evelyn Mysteries. The story, set in 1925, centers around a young, English heiress, Lady Evelyn Carlisle,dissatisfied with her life at home. Through a stroke of fortune, her cousin, living on Crete with her husband, invites her to stay at just the right time. Evelyn arrives on the island just in time to stumble upon the body of another one of her cousin's houseguests. The tragic truth behind the young man's untimely demise is quickly determined: he was murdered. Evelyn and her new acquaintance, the dashing and mysterious Daniel Harper, determine to solve the mystery.


The year is 1925, a time that hovers between two catastrophic wars, a time of jazz and sparkle, and a time of peace and reflection. For Lady Evelyn, struggling to outrun the ghosts of her tragic past, it is a time of transformation. Left orphaned after a fire when she was only four, Lady Evelyn Carlisle was raised in London by her stern aunt and uncle. Now, twenty years later she has grown restless and is keen to escape her chaperone's grasp. A letter from her cousin, Briony, living with her husband on Crete, comes at just the right time. Packing what she can, Lady Evelyn makes off for foreign shores. Welcoming her are not only Briony and her husband, Jeffrey, but also his handsome and mysterious friends, Caspar Ballantine and Daniel Harper. Though the latter carries with him tragic memories of the Great War, Evelyn is glad to be in their company. With the sun warming her back and the dazzling sea in her sights, this fresh start seems destined for happy days ahead. Little does she know . . . What starts off as a sunny holiday quickly turns into a sinister nightmare, when Evelyn stumbles across the corpse of one of her cousin's houseguests. Drawn into the mystery surrounding the murder, Evelyn embarks on a mission to discover the truth, forcing her to face her own past as well as a cold-hearted killer. With the help of her cousin, the handsome local police detective, and the mysterious Daniel Harper, will she uncover the truth, before another life is claimed? A varied cast of characters, an engaging mystery at its core, an exotic setting, and a thoughtful, plucky heroine provide a story that will appeal to fans of many genres, including historical fiction and suspense/mystery.

About the author

Malia Zaidi is a writer and painter, who grew up in Germany and lives in the US. An avid reader and traveler, she decided to combine these passions, and turn her long-time ambition of writing into a reality. A Poisonous Journey is her first novel.