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The Temptress: The Scandalous Life of Alice de Janze and the Mysterious Death of Lord Erroll
 
 
Author
Paul Spicer.
Publisher Palgrave  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.45 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780312584184
Pages/Publication Date 262/2010
Daedalus Item Code 40103
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A glamorous American 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 colony in Kenya known as Happy Valley, she became the lover of notorious womanizer Joss Hay, Lord Erroll. In 1941, Erroll was found shot in his car on an isolated road—the murder at the center of James Fox's White Mischief—and although suspicion pointed to the cuckolded Jock Delves Broughton, the case remained unsolved. Paul Spicer, whose mother was Alice's confidante, examines the life of this notoriously unstable and violent woman, and pieces together what may have happened that fateful evening.

"Spicer has brought an extraordinary character out of the shadows."—James Fox

"In Paul Spicer the notorious American expatriate and radiant beauty Alice de Janzé has finally met her match."—Michael Holroyd

"The 1941 fatal shooting of British earl Joss Erroll in Kenya made headlines worldwide.... Alice's complicated and violent love life was possibly attributable to bipolar disorder and to abandonment by her father, a self-made American millionaire, when Alice was 13.... Though Joss had many enemies, Spicer posits that Alice killed Joss, and months later, at age 42, committed suicide, hoping they would be reunited in the afterlife. The author's depiction of the unstable heiress and her milieu of wealthy expatriates cavorting in the Kenyan highlands is engrossing."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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