A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1)

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, ..


A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1) Reviews

A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1)
Yasmyn

As soon as I started "A Lady's Guide," I knew it was right up my alley. If you're a fan of Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily series or Anna Lee Huber's Lady Darby mysteries, you will love this as much as I did. Personally, I'm always looking for more series in this vein, and many of the others I've read tend to fall short. But Dianne Freeman brings Victorian London to life with her delightful prose. I also loved that her clever heroine happens to be an American who married into the aristocracy, which ...more

A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1)
Sheri

What a wonderfully fun read! I love historical mysteries and this one was just great. The protagonist, a recently widowed member of the aristocracy (an American, at that!), who lives in the very late 19th century, in England, finds herself embroiled in not one, but several mysteries. The author does an excellent job of character and plot development. I had no problem getting into the story. I love that you don't necessarily know the culprits. You're discovering things right along with Frances. T ...more

A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1)
Leslie

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

A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1)
Emily

A fantastic Victorian cozy mystery with a fun cast of characters. I can't wait to read more books in this series!

A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1)
Suanne

Dianne Freeman’s debut novel, A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder, is a witty romp of a Victorial mystery. The heroine, Frances, is a recently widowed and coming out of mourning for her dead rake-of-husband. She is surprisingly perspicacious and her struggles with propriety and her journey to independence is delightful. There is an understated chemistry between her and the hero, that is smoldering before bursting into flame. The mystery is well-plotted and full of twists. Freeman does an exce ...more

A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1)
Ova Incekaraoglu

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
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A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1)
Jane

A delightful Victorian mystery with a touch of romance. I’m not an expert but it seemed true to the times. The plot took some twists I didn't see coming, and the narrator/main character is a sympathetic heroine. I look forward to a sequel.

I read an advance reader copy of A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder.


A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1)
Umut Rados

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
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