About the Book
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: A Countess of Harleigh Mystery, Book 3
In Dianne Freemanís charming Victorian-era mystery series, Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, finds her sisterís wedding threatened by a vow of vengeance.
London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can hostóor hideóany number of secrets. Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lilyís imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazletonís family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests have gathered to enjoy the usual country pursuitsóshooting, horse riding, and romantic interludes in secluded gardens.
But the bucolic setting harbors a menace, and itís not simply the arrival of Francesís socially ambitious mother. Above and below stairs, mysterious accidents befall guests and staff alike. Before long, Frances suspects these ìaccidentsî are deliberate, and fears that the intended victim is Lilyís fiancÈ, Leo. Francesís mother is unimpressed by Lilyís groom-to-be and would much prefer that Lily find an aristocratic husband, just as Frances did. But now that Frances has found happiness with Georgeóa man who loves her for much more than her dowryóshe heartily approves of Lilyís choice. If she can just keep the couple safe from villains and meddling mamas.
As Frances and George search for the culprit among the assembled family, friends, and servants, more victims fall prey to the mayhem. Mishaps become full-blooded murder, and it seems that no one is safe. And unless Frances can quickly flush out the culprit, the peal of wedding bells may give way to another funeral toll…
This seems to be the year of me finding new series to explore by reading one of the books in the middle. Phew, that was a long and winding sentence but it’s been happening a lot this year. So, as you can probably guess I read A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder before I read the other books in the series. And while I wasn’t confused, it did make me want to read the others in the series. So I guess you could say I enjoyed this book haha.
This book was just such a fun read, and lately that’s what I’ve been enjoying most. I just want to escape for a little while when I pick up a book and this one definitely did just that! It was a delightful and quick read and still maintained all of the quirks of the time period. The characters are fun and enjoyable. The storyline, while it may be a smidge predictable, is engaging and just a delightful tale. And plus, I’m just a sucker for a great mystery.
All in all, much like the cover this is a cute and adorable read! And now I need to go and read the rest of the books in the series! It’s been to long since I’ve enjoyed a good mystery series, so these are just perfect!
About the Author
Dianne Freeman is a life-long book lover who left the world of corporate finance to pursue her passion for writing. After co-authoring the non-fiction book, Haunted Highway, The Spirits of Route 66, she realized her true love was fiction, historical mystery in particular. She also realized she didnít like winter very much so now she and her husband pursue the endless summer by splitting their time between Michigan and Arizona. She’s been nominated for an Agatha and the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, and won the 2019 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery.
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