There are times I wish I lived in a kinder, gentler, time – say Queen Victoria’s England. So I transport myself with a cozy historical mystery and am quickly reminded that, even for the upper classes, things weren’t always kind or gentle. Such is the case in A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman, a first novel I hope will become a series.
Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, widowed young, is living with her brother-in-law and his wife, resisting their attempts on her money and chafing at being “the elder countess”. She hopes things will be better when she moves to London with her daughter and a few servants, but she is soon in trouble with her bank account frozen, her sister arriving to be brought out in The Season with an aunt in tow, too many handsome men, jewels stolen, and an entirely unmannerly murder, or two. But Frances is up for the challenge, even though it means facing her husband’s mistress.
Well written with a plot that intrigues, I look forward to more by this author.
The book will be released on June 26 but can be preordered on Amazon here.
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