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, George Hazelton, is one of only two other people aware of the full story.While busy with social engagements on Lilys behalf, and worrying if Reggie really was murdered, Frances learns of mysterious burglaries plaguing Londons elite. The investigation brings death to her doorstep, and Frances rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and the ever-chivalrous Mr. Hazelton to uncover the truth. A killer is in their midst, perhaps even among her sisters suitors. And Frances must unmask the villain before Lilys seasonand their livescome to a most unseemly end . . ....
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A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1) Reviews
Frances, Countess of Harleigh, moves her small household to London to escape the demands of her in-laws. Almost immediately, her life gets turned upside down when police approach her with questions about how her husband died, her younger sister arrives to be launched into society, her bank account is frozen from her brother-in-law attempting to claim her money, and a string of jewelry thefts happening all over society.
I absolutely adored Frances. Her practical attitude in spite of whatever she f ...more
I love historical mysteries and especially when they are humorous and well-written! Freeman does a great job of making you feel like you've stepped back in time and the turn of the century was a fascinating era where life was changing incredibly fast.
Francis is an American heiress who married a deadbeat (emphasis on the dead part) English earl. But she's a widow who is ready to embrace life (and what is left of her money).
I think it takes deft writing to craft an historical mystery that avoids a ...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, 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
I can describe this book very shortly, it's like Downton Abbey in a book :) I'm a fan of Downton Abbey and it certainly reminded me of the setting, characters and life style I was watching there. Even some details were the same, so I'm wondering if the writer took 'inspiration' from there.
It was a really cute, cozy mystery set in London. Our protagonist is the Countess of Harleigh. She's an American, who married into British aristocracy bringing her father's money into the family. Suddenly one ...more
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
After enduring a year-long mourning period with her gold-digging in-laws, Frances Wynn is eager to make her way to London with her seven-year-old daughter and settle down. Within a week she faces an accusatory inspector, the unexpected arrival of her sister's first Season, and the news of a series of home break-ins. To top it off, she finds out her new neighbor is the handsome George Hazelton, someone with w ...more
This was a funny mystery, not too heavy but kept you guessing. The story centers around an American heiress around the turn of the century (1900s) who finds herself widowed with a young child. While she is wealthy in her own right, she has her brother-in-law and his wife living in her midst with their hands out. The widow strikes out on her own after a year of mourning to break the hand-out cycle with her in-laws and begin to live life anew as an independent single mother in an era where titles ...more
What a fabulous find this book was for me! I loved and enjoyed it. If it wasn't a friend's recommendation I wouldn't have requested to read it on Netgalley.
I really enjoyed the idea of independent women in an age of female dependency on male relatives. Our heroine Frances is not short of bravery or wit!
If the book was a tad shorter I'd happily mark it 5 stars but there were stretches that was a bit *yawn* . Still a great book, nice and interesting characters, solid and satisfying plot.
A truly up ...more