In this exciting historical mystery debut set in Victorian England, a wealthy young widow encounters the pleasuresand scandalous pitfallsof a London social season . . .Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New Yorkfor her first London season.No sooner has Frances begun her new life than the ghosts of her old one make an unwelcome appearance. The Metropolitan police receive an anonymous letter implicating Frances in her husbands death. Frances assures Inspector Delaney of her innocence, but shes also keen to keep him from learning the scandalous circumstances of Reggies demise. As fate would have it, her dashing new neighbor, ...
|Title||:||A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1)|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
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A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1) Reviews
A delightful Victorian mystery with a touch of romance. I’m not an expert but it seemed true to the times. The plot took some twists I didn't see coming, and the narrator/main character is a sympathetic heroine. I look forward to a sequel.
I read an advance reader copy of A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder.
Dianne Freeman’s debut novel, A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder, is a witty romp of a Victorial mystery. The heroine, Frances, is a recently widowed and coming out of mourning for her dead rake-of-husband. She is surprisingly perspicacious and her struggles with propriety and her journey to independence is delightful. There is an understated chemistry between her and the hero, that is smoldering before bursting into flame. The mystery is well-plotted and full of twists. Freeman does an exce ...more
Did you ever what would happen if Janet Evanovich wrote Sherlock Holmes mysteries? Wish you could watch more Downton Abbey? You’re going to love this cozy, light-hearted murder mystery! Our heroine is Frances Wynn, an American who doesn’t quite fit in Victorian London. When a string of thefts occurs among her aristocratic friends, first they faint, but then work together to figure it out. You’ve got some zany moments -- my favorite was when she’s out spying one night in her black widow’s dress. ...more
Frances, a widowed American heiress, finds herself in a tumble of robbery, deceiving, and murder after she leaves the household of her late husband to start a life of her own. With the help of her new neighbor and not really welcomed old acquaintance George she gets caught up in investigating the suspects, who are also the suitors of her younger sister.
This novel was refreshingly entertaining, with a female protagonist who was funny in a tongue-in-cheek way without being the inept or helpless he ...more
Diane Freeman's debut Countess of Harleigh mystery, A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder, was enchanting. It's a suspenseful story with appealing characters, and a courageous amateur sleuth. Actually, it was just fun.
Frances Price was a commoner, an American who brought one million dollars to her marriage into the Wynn family. But, her husband, Reggie, wasn't at all what she expected. He really was a philandering cad. Bed-hopping may be a sport of the aristocracy in Victorian England, but the ...more
Frances Wynn, Lady Harleigh, is happy to shed mourning for her wastrel husband. After all, he died in another woman's bed so why should she mourn him? Frances is also excited to be making her own plans to escape her greedy brother-in-law and his wife who want to get their hands on her money. Fortunately, as an American, her father doesn't have the same notions of family the English do and settled his money on Frances alone. She decides to take her young daughter and move to fashionable Belgravia ...more
I've missed Downton Abbey so very much. Thankfully, the witty and fast-paced "A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder" has helped fill the aching void. When American heiress Frances Wynn becomes a widow in 1899 after the death of her philandering Earl of a husband, she decides to risk British society gossip by living independent of her dead husband's money-grubbing family. Deception, romance, and scandal ensue, keeping this reader enthralled until the very end. This smart, tightly-written mystery ...more
What's more embarrassing than your husband dying in his mistress's bed? Having it happen at a house party you're hosting. Oh, and then having to bring in another man to carry your husband back to his bed so it doesn't appear as if anything scandalous has happened.
Frances Wynn, Countess of Harleigh, has spent a year in mourning for said husband and now she's ready to get out of his family's house and away from the brother-in-law who just wants to get ahold of her money. So she moves to London. To ...more