Book Review: Mrs. Budley Falls From Grace (The Poor relation #3) by M. C. Beaton

“Mrs. Budley Falls From Grace” is the third book in “The Poor Relation” series but can be read as a stand alone (Check out my reviews on the other two books in this series).

This time the story focuses on Mrs. Budley, the young widow who is one of the owners of  the “The Poor Relation Hotel”. Again, they are in need of funds and when they cast lots, Mrs. Budley  picks up the short straw. She is supposed to go on a visit to any of her wealthy relatives and steal something of value for their use. Unfortunately, all her relatives have cut her off and she has no one to go to so the cunning Sir Philip invents a relative for her.

The Marquess of Peterhouse turns out to be a younger, attractive man contrary to Sir Philip’s description and this changes everything for Mrs. Budley and all the poor relations.  As usual, the author takes us through a romantic story packed with action, deceit and humor. In the end, we always have a happily ever after and then something to look forward to in the next book……..

I highly recommend this book.

Rating: 4 Stars

Published: 2013 by Canvas (First published in 1993)

Pages: 188

Genre: Historical Fiction

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The Author: Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic. She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime. This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter. After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. When that didn’t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.

Anxious to spend more time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977. After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story. They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep. But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.


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