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A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder

A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder

Написано Dianne Freeman

Озвучено Sarah Zimmerman


A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder

Написано Dianne Freeman

Озвучено Sarah Zimmerman

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Jun 25, 2019
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9781684417612
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Though American by birth, Frances Wynn, the now-widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy. On August 12th, each year, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth, most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for grouse-shooting season. Frances has little interest in hunting - or birds or a second husband - and is expecting to spend a quiet few months in London with her almost-engaged sister, Lily, until the throng returns.

Instead, she's immersed in a shocking mystery when a friend, Mary Archer, is found murdered. Frances had hoped Mary might make a suitable bride for her cousin, Charles, but their courtship recently fizzled out. Unfortunately, this puts Charles in the spotlight-along with dozens of others. It seems Mary had countless notes hidden in her home, detailing the private indiscretions of society's elite. Frances can hardly believe that the genteel and genial Mary was a blackmailer, yet why else would she horde such juicy tidbits?

Aided by her gallant friend and neighbor, George Hazelton, Frances begins assisting the police in this highly sensitive case. Too many suspects may be worse than none at all - but even more worrying is that the number of victims is increasing too. And unless Frances takes care, she'll soon find herself among them....

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Dianne Freeman is the acclaimed author of the Countess of Harleigh Mystery series. Her debut novel, A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder, won both an Agatha Award and a Lefty Award and was nominated for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award from Mystery Writers of America. She spent thirty years working in corporate accounting and finance and now writes full-time. Born and raised in Michigan, she and her husband split their time between Michigan and Arizona. Visit her at www.DiFreeman.com.

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  • (4/5)
    The time is coming for the Shooting season to start and the upper class to retreat en-masse from London. Frances Wynn has no plans to join them. She's looking forward to more time to herself and less events. However she's caught up in a murder mystery when her friend Mary Archer is found dead. She had been dating Frances' cousin Charles.and he's a suspect when many notes are found in her house that look like blackmail material. Investigating to keep the charming Charles out of trouble and to keep her reputation as a matchmaker is not easy but she does find it engaging, realising that some of her skills and the skills of those around her are well suited to it. Her galant friend George Hazelton is also involved again and their relationship continues to progress.I'm enjoying this series. Frances is a great character who is aware of her status and problems and works with them in a quite convincingly period way.
  • (3/5)
    Lady Frances has a penchant for matchmaking: most recently she matched her cousin w/ a widow.... but when the widow is murdered her cousin who recently broke off the relationship is likened as a suspect.Lady Frances & her neighbor George investigate the widow & find she had a stash of cryptic notes about her neighbors... When the local newspaper editor is also found murdered, it is discovered that the widow was writing the local gossip column by Miss Information and had threatened to expose shady investment dealings involving her brother-in-law, the local banker.Interesting and fast reading!
  • (3/5)
    Though American by birth, Frances Wynn, the now-widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy. On August twelfth each year, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth, most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for grouse-shooting season. Frances has little interest in hunting—for birds or a second husband—and is expecting to spend a quiet few months in London with her almost-engaged sister, Lily, until the throng returns.

    Instead, she’s immersed in a shocking mystery when a friend, Mary Archer, is found murdered. Frances had hoped Mary might make a suitable bride for her cousin, Charles, but their courtship recently fizzled out. Unfortunately, this puts Charles in the spotlight—along with dozens of others. It seems Mary had countless notes hidden in her home, detailing the private indiscretions of society’s elite. Frances can hardly believe that the genteel and genial Mary was a blackmailer, yet why else would she horde such juicy tidbits?

    Aided by her gallant friend and neighbor, George Hazelton, Frances begins assisting the police in this highly sensitive case, learning more about her peers than she ever wished to know. Too many suspects may be worse than none at all—but even more worrying is that the number of victims is increasing too. And unless Frances takes care, she’ll soon find herself among them . . .

    This was interesting and suspenseful to the end! It was fun to read about how the British aristocracy might handle something like this, especially from an American point of view.

    *Book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
  • (5/5)
    Frances Wynn, the Countess Harleigh, has been occupied introducing her friends to those searching for love. When one acquaintance is murdered, this lady is determined to solve it. With George Hazelton at her side, she follows clues contained in gossip to learn the truth.Having read the first book in the series, I was delighted to see what Lady Harleigh would do next. She has her younger sister's engagement to be concerned with and her daughter’s interest in jumping fences too young to be concerned with. Her cousin didn’t take to the widow as she expected, and now the widow is dead and her cousin is a suspect. She has her hands full but manages to find time to manage it all with grace and intelligence.The pace was paced well enough that I was interested from start to finish. Though we stay with Frances through the story, the rest of the cast was enjoyable as well. Particularly Mr. Hazelton, who may or may not work for the government. He lets Frances be involved with his work, despite his concern for her safety, all because he wants her to know how important she is to him.I would recommend this to readers of historical mysteries, who enjoy a smidge of romance with their mystery. I received a free copy from NetGalley for reviewing purposes.