The Temptress

The Temptress

The Scandalous Life of Alice De Janzé and the Mysterious Death of Lord Erroll

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Glamorous American multi-millionairess Alice de Janzé scandalized 1920s Paris when she left her aristocratic French husband for an English lover--whom she later tried to kill in a failed murder-suicide. Abandoning Paris for the moneyed British colonial society known as Kenya's Happy Valley, she became the lover of handsome womanizer Joss Hay, Lord Erroll. In 1941, Erroll was shot in his car on an isolated road. A cuckolded husband was brought to trial and acquitted, and the crime remained tantalizingly unsolved. Biographer Paul Spicer, whose mother was a confidante of Alice's, used personal letters and his own extensive research to piece together what really happened that fateful evening. He brings to life an era of unimaginable wealth and indulgence, where people changed bed partners as easily as they would order a cocktail, and where jealousy and hidden passions brewed.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780312379704
Branch Call Number: 364.1523092 JAN 2010
Characteristics: 262 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm


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May 09, 2011

An interesting read about a socialite with a complicated character. Gets confusing a little with the revolving door of changing husbands and wives but worth delving into. Something out of the ordinary with the back drop of British Colonial Africa and the customs of the time period. Anyone who enjoys a biographical storyline of the rich and famous will enjoy the scandal as it unfolds. If you are tempted to pick this book up, follow it through to the end.

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