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. . . .
A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder (Countess of Harleigh Mystery, #3) by Dianne Freeman
Published by Kensington on July 28, 2020
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A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder, the 3rd Countess of Harleigh Mystery by Dianne Freeman.
This series just keeps getting better and better!
Because Lady Harleigh’s sister Lily “anticipated her wedding vows” she now needs to move up her wedding date. A small country wedding at neighbor George Hazelton’s family estate is decided. Yet throughout the week, accidents befall the servants and members of the pre-wedding house party. Frances and George are on the case. But before they can figure out the culprit, they need to determine who has been the intended victim.
If you like Rhys Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness series, you will love Diane Freeman’s Countess of Harleigh Mystery series
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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them. Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance. She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women. She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature. Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers. They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader.