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Scandal at the Savoy

A Priscilla Tempest Mystery, Book 2

by (author) Ron Base & Prudence Emery

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Mar 2023
Women Sleuths, Cozy, Historical
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The rich and famous are converging on the iconic Savoy Hotel in swinging ’60s London—including a famous Broadway producer with anger issues, a demanding Indian raja, and a gorgeous film star with certain kinky predilections. All is as it should be—until the murder of a showgirl threatens to scandalize the hotel.

The list of suspects includes Priscilla Tempest, the trouble-prone Canadian head of the Savoy press office. Clearing her name would be easy enough, if only she hadn’t spent the night of the murder with a certain beguiling Canadian prime minister.

Blackmailed by a Scotland Yard detective, wooed by a notorious gangster and hounded by the press, Priscilla must use wit and resourcefulness to survive the treacherous upper echelons of London society and find a killer.

This is the thrilling sequel to Death at the Savoy, described by Publishers Weekly as “light, frothy…perfect escapist fare.”

About the authors

Ron Base is a former newspaper and magazine journalist and movie critic. His works include twenty novels, two novellas and four nonfiction books. He has been published in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. He has written screenplays and worked with legendary filmmakers such as John Borman (Deliverance) and Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields). Currently, Base divides his time between Milton, ON, and Fort Myers, FL.

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Prudence Emery worked as the press and public relations officer at the Savoy Hotel, and later as a publicist on more than a hundred film productions. She is also the author of the bestselling memoir Nanaimo Girl (Cormorant Books, 2020).

Both Prudence and the fictional protagonist, Priscilla Tempest, held the job as press secretary at the Savoy. When asked just how much they had in common, Prudence would answer, with a twinkle in her eye, that “there are things that Priscilla does that I would never do... and there are things I have done that Priscilla would never do. I will not say anything else.”

Emery died in Victoria BC, on April 14, 2024, at the age of 88.

Prudence Emery's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“The return of the glamorous Priscilla Tempest in Scandal at the Savoy is an occasion for great celebration. In a fast-moving mystery novel that seizes the reader from the first page, featuring unforgettable characters (including some celebrity guest stars brought to life with wit and a deftness that is both delightful and eerily vivid) Prudence Emery and Ron Base have performed a skillful literary pas-de-deux, all the while free-pouring late-60s London nostalgia that is as dry and crisp as Moët. This novel is the party you always knew was happening and always wished you’d been invited to, and Priscilla Tempest is the most captivating redhead since Brenda Starr. My advice? Turn off the phone, dim the lights, pour yourself a flute of champagne, and let Scandal take you away.”

Michael Rowe, Shirley Jackson Award-finalist author of <i>Wild Fell</i> and <i>Enter, Night</i>

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