Special Feature: A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder
by Dianne Freeman

Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Kensington Books

Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: A Countess of Harleigh Mystery, Book 3

 

 

In Dianne Freeman’s charming Victorian-era mystery series, Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, finds her sister’s wedding threatened by a vow of vengeance.

London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can host—or hide—any number of secrets. Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lily’s imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazleton’s family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests have gathered to enjoy the usual country pursuits—shooting, horse riding, and romantic interludes in secluded gardens.

But the bucolic setting harbors a menace, and it’s not simply the arrival of Frances’s socially ambitious mother. Above and below stairs, mysterious accidents befall guests and staff alike. Before long, Frances suspects these “accidents” are deliberate, and fears that the intended victim is Lily’s fiancé, Leo. Frances’s mother is unimpressed by Lily’s 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 George—a man who loves her for much more than her dowry—she heartily approves of Lily’s 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…

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Special Feature: Murder in the East End (Kat Holloway Mysteries #4) by Jennifer Ashley

I was so fortunate to read the first Kat Holloway mystery a couple of years ago, but I just haven’t kept up on the series, though I am so glad to see that many readers have been enjoying the books!

I really enjoyed the first book but as the motto goes, so many books so little time, so I have gotten behind which is why I opted to do a special feature for this book instead of a review. I didn’t want to miss anything since I really enjoyed the first book and characters.

If you love historical mysteries reminiscent of Downton Abbey, then this is a series you do not want to miss! I can’t wait to catch up with the series and see what all the fun characters are up to and from the sound of it, lots has happened! Continue reading “Special Feature: Murder in the East End (Kat Holloway Mysteries #4) by Jennifer Ashley”

Review: Lady Rights a Wrong (Manor Cat Mystery #2) by Eliza Casey

I had the pleasure of reading the first book in the series last year and it wasn’t bad, but some of the things in the story were a little reaching.

That said the first book had a lot to recommend itself and I was open to reading the second book in the series to see how thing shaped up with a little bit of polish and experience under the author’s belt.

This series boasts likable characters with sass and sweetness and I was excited to see how Lady Cecilia Bates and her maid Jane, solve crime in this latest installment. Continue reading “Review: Lady Rights a Wrong (Manor Cat Mystery #2) by Eliza Casey”

Review: The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Royal Spyness #6) by Rhys Bowen

Over the last year or so, I have been making a big effort to go back and catch up on some long running historical mystery series that I have loved but haven’t read all the books.

The Royal Spyness books are at the top of that list. I read a few of the later books and then went back and read a few of the first books in the series but then I kind of stalled on the series and moved on to something else.

I meant to pick this one up at Christmas time as this one is obviously set around the holidays, but I didn’t and then I just forgot about it. I needed a pallet cleansing book lately though and I thought this was the ticket to clearing my head after some heavy reading. Continue reading “Review: The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Royal Spyness #6) by Rhys Bowen”

Special Feature: Sugar and Vice (A Cookie House Mystery #2) by Eve Calder

There is just something about a cozy foodie mystery that provides so much comfort and escapism. I mean not only am I solving a murder mystery but I am also getting to do it while dreaming of my favorite treats! It’s a great combo for me.

This series, The Cookie House Mystery series, is new to me it sounds like it’s a fun way to pass the time. I also think the covers are adorable and that sweet dog on this cover just stole my heart!

While this is the second book in the series, it sounds like it could also be read as a standalone so if you are looking for a little escape featuring food then you might want to give this one a go!

Summary

Kate McGuire has a lot on her dessert plate. She’s launching a cookie-of-the-day challenge in the heart of Coral Cay, providing sweet treats for the reception of the town’s handsome new veterinarian—not to mention dealing with tourists in town for a pirate festival and the surprise arrival of her former fiancé, Evan, who seems determined to win her back.               

And if that’s not enough, a skeleton has been discovered—in the backyard behind her best friend Maxi’s floral shop. Could the remains belong to Sir George Bly, the legendary pirate founder of Coral Cay? Or is something more sinister afoot? This time, Kate will need every trick in her recipe book to help Maxi find the truth, before the last of the cookies crumble …(summary from Author web page

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