A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder

A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder

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In this exciting historical mystery debut set in Victorian England, a wealthy young widow encounters the pleasures--and scandalous pitfalls--of a London social season . . .

Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York--for her first London season.

But no sooner has Frances begun her new life than the Metropolitan police receive an anonymous letter implicating Frances in her husband's death. Frances assures Inspector Delaney of her innocence, but she's also keen to keep him from learning the scandalous circumstances of Reggie's 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 Lily's behalf, and worrying if Reggie really was murdered, Frances rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and the ever-chivalrous Mr. Hazelton to uncover the truth. A killer is in their midst and Frances must unmask the villain before Lily's season--and their lives--come to a most unseemly end . . .

"This lighthearted debut tale of mystery, love, and a delightful sleuth will leave you wanting more--which is presumably just what Freeman had in mind."
-- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York, NY :, Kensington Books,, 2018.
Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781496716897
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (264 pages)
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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JCLHebahA Aug 18, 2020

I don't really read a lot of mysteries, but the historical setting and delightful cast of characters in this (with a hint of a slow-burning future romance) won me over.

2019 Edgar Award Nominee for Mary Higgins Clark Award

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Sep 16, 2020

I quite enjoyed this book, I liked the characters and it was just an easy read but gives one a bit of insight on to the high society hierarchy of the Victorian times in England. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

JCLHebahA Aug 18, 2020

I don't really read a lot of mysteries, but the historical setting and delightful cast of characters in this (with a hint of a slow-burning future romance) won me over.

Aug 05, 2020

This introductory novel into the Countess of Harleigh Mystery Series introduces a number of characters, as well as a few overlapping mysteries. The story is fairly light while the protagonist is fumbling her way through powers of deduction and the various in and outs of the criminal mind.

I really loved the American heiress heroine, but I didn't always enjoy her first person narrative. After a wonderful first half, I thought I might have chanced a new must-read series. Unfortunately, the second half lost it's momentum when I found that the protagonist was merely telling me what was going on, rather than letting me immerse myself into the story with my imagination and feelings.

Overall, I did enjoy this light and fun cozy Victorian mystery. Although the narrative dragged the story down in the second half for me, I'm still interested in trying out the next book in the series and seeing where it goes.

CCPL_Kristin Mar 05, 2020

Dianne Freeman’s delightful book is a cozy mystery set in Edwardian England. A widowed countess, Frances Wynn, has to figure out who is stealing the ton’s jewels, make sure her younger sister doesn’t marry a fortune hunter and figure out who has accused her of murdering her husband.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Feb 25, 2020

Fun read for fans of Deanna Raybourn and Tasha Alexander. Lady Harleigh is coming out of mourning and ready to move on with her life, however some thefts and suspicion around her late husband's death put some bumps in her road. Throw in lots of society events and a handsome, alluring neighbor, and you have period mystery with a dash of romance.

May 17, 2019

Her first book, and first half was a little slow. But then it picked up. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions. And finally decided that I really enjoyed it. Nice little mystery that kept you guessing until the end.

Mar 15, 2019

A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman A countess of Harleigh Mystery. This is the first book in a new mystery series by a first time author.
Frynces Wynn wealthy American-born Countess of Harleigh, spent the obligatory year mourning her philandering husband. Now it’s time for her to have fun! First she has to do is clear her name of murdering her husband, find out who is robbing the great house of England, unfreeze her bank account, and launch her sister’s first London season. The book set in 1899 is a fast paced mystery with a generous mix of humor and romance.

Oct 29, 2018

If you’re looking for a well written, plot-twisting mystery with a touch of romance and humor, this book is for you. Set in Victorian England, the heroine is the American widow of an English earl. Murder, theft, and attempted murder swirl around her as she tries to establish her independence, deal with her finances, care for her daughter, and make sure her sister finds suitable match. It’s a very enjoyable read.

Sep 29, 2018

This is a great debut in a promising new mystery series. The writing is highly entertaining, the main characters very likeable, and the plot development and finale quite satisfying.


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