By Christina Britton Conroy
She is young, very beautiful and about to inherit a fortune.
But wide-eyed teenager Elisa Roundtree dreams of a glittering life in the theatres of Edwardian England. And Jeremy O’Connell, a famous actor-manager leasing His Majesty’s Theatre, has given Elisa her big chance. He considers she cannot act, but believes that her beauty will win hearts, and has hired Elisa as an apprentice, renaming her Elly Fielding.
But Elisa is also betrothed to a cruel older man named Sir John Garingham. When Sir John dies after falling from a window following the murder of a priest by her wastrel father Anthony, it looks a simple case of death by misadventure.
However, suddenly Elisa finds herself in the dock after apparently admitting to pushing her husband to his death on their wedding night. She is sent to the notorious Holloway Prison to await her trial. There she is terrorised by the vindictive Matron who is set on destroying her spirit. Her closest and dearest, including O’Connell, rally to her cause. But one by one her legal team are struck down – one through old age, another through a family crisis, and a third through a burst appendix.
Who is there left to save the virtue of the generous-hearted Elisa? Will the stiff-upper-lip judge consent to the dismissal of her KC or send her back to gaol? Can wily reporter Sam Smelling unearth anything to help Elisa’s plight? And will Elisa show she really can act when her life depends on it?
Christina Britton Conroy’s heart-rending Beauty’s Doom continues to chart the roller-coaster fortunes of Elisa aka Elly as she exchanges the drama of the stage for that of a prison cell and the courtroom in the fourth book of His Majesty’s Theatre series.
A native New Yorker, Christina Britton Conroy is a classically trained singer and actor who has toured the globe singing operas, operettas and musicals, as well as being a Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist.