''Point of Honour'' by Madeleine Robins is a detective novel which transplants the tropes of Hammett and Chandler into an AlternateHistory version of RegencyEngland in which [[TheHouseOfHanover George III]] went insane somewhat earlier in life than he did in reality and as a result his wife rather than his eldest son became his regent. Sarah Tolerance is a disgraced noblewoman who ran away with her brother's fencing instructor. She now works as a private investigator, while living in a cottage behind her aunt's expensive brothel. She's hired by a nobleman to look for a fan; naturally, complications (and mayhem, and death) ensue.
!!Tropes featured include:
* AlwaysMurder: Miss Tolerance is hired to look for a fan. It doesn't take too long before people start dying around her, though...
* IHaveThisFriend: Subverted. Lord Trux hires her to find the fan on behalf of his friend; she naturally assumes that he's being evasive. It turns out that he ''does'' have this friend.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Lord Versellion is actually illegitimate--his real mother is Miss Virtue.]]
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Lord Versellion's eventual downfall is foreshadowed when we learn that he was responsible for spreading ruinous gossip about Lord Trux.]]
* MacGuffin: The fan Miss Tolerance is hired to look for. [[spoiler:In fact, it's the result of a misunderstanding--while there is an actual fan out there, it turns out that "the Italian Fan" was Miss Virtue's nickname in her youth.]]
* MeaningfulRename: Several fallen noblewomen take these, usually ironically. (Miss Virtue--who is the madam of a low-class brothel--is probably the most blatant example.)
* StarCrossedLovers: Miss Tolerance and Lord Versellion.
* StockShoutOuts: The novel begins "[[PrideAndPrejudice It is a truth universally acknowledged]]..."
* SweetPollyOliver: Miss Tolerance spends much of the novel disguised as a boy. It helps her get around without attracting attention.