(Pdf/E–book) A Ladys Guide to Gossip and Murder A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #2

A Lady s Guide to Gossip and Murder is charming installment of the cozy mystery series featuring the widowed Lady Frances Harleigh One of her society acuaintances met an unfortunate end and the police suspect Frances well intentioned but bumbling cousin has met an unfortunate end and the police suspect Frances well intentioned but bumbling Cousin Of Having Done The of having done the Frances steps in to help clear his name and soon realizes this is anything but a straightforward crimeThis book reads very much like a typical cozy with our main character nosing about and talking to a lot of people in the hopes that she ll stumble upon the right answer And also just like a cozy the book spends a ood amount of time having its main and supporting characters mull over the crime think out loud of potential motives and suspects and ponder their next moves It builds nicely up to the ending which is both reasonable and satisfyingCompared to the first book in the series I found this one to be still fun though not uite as exciting I think that s largely due to the first book reuiring a lot of setup and backstory which I enjoyed tremendously whereas this one Sister of My Heart gets right to the point with the crime That backstory of how Frances came to be so strong and resilient at a time in history when society frowns upon women s independence was fascinating and I wish there was in this book In addition to that the witty dialogue the romantic tension with her neighbor and the proper Victorian decorum were all pared back a little in this book and I miss their freuent presenceStill this was an entertaining cozy murder mystery and I look forward to reading from the series As I usually find thisenre and its focal crime to be a little bit slow it s really the side and back stories that distinguish a terrific one from an average one So I hope for the next one we King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies get a little bit of what I love mixed in with the cozy murders Update Well that was my most disappointing book of the year I was so bored the whole time Frances is a extremely frustrating character She is very sensible and walks the line between finding things out while not putting herself in damsel in distress situations but watching her and George s relationship unfold is tedious This dude asks her to marry him and all she does is wonder if he likes her Please you are an adult woman you can tell he does because he says so Maybe I wouldn t be so upset by it except she spends a lot of time thinking of him and then not actually making a any decisions about her own feelings with is irritating Then we have the actual mystery part Zero action at all in this AND it takes the main characters half the bloody book to realize the victim was a view spoilergossip columnist hide spoiler Many thanks to Kensington Book Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram 35 stars rounded up Not asood as the other two in the series but this is light fare A murder mystery with a comedic characters and a love interest a fun and uick series My thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an Advance Read Copy of A LADY S GUIDE TO GOSSIP AND MURDER by Dianne Freeman in exchange for an unbiased review This is the second in the series of Countess of Harleigh mysteries and while there are some references to the previous novel it is not necessary to have read it to enjoy this one The book is a complete mystery within itself There are a few relationships between characters that carry over from the first book and if you have the opportunity to read them in order it might be beneficial to do so However it is entirely possible to enjoy this book without having read the first of the series In this novel Lady Frances the Countess of Ha. How far will some o to safeguard a secret In the latest novel in Dianne Freeman’s witty and delightful historical mystery series the adventurous Countess Harleigh finds out   Though American by birth Frances Wynn the now widowed Countess of Harleigh has adapted admirably to the uirks and traditions of the British aristocracy On August twelfth each year otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for rouse shooting season Frances has little interest. .


A Ladys Guide to Gossip and Murder A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #2Or reviews please visit Still enjoyable and one of those rather pleasant reads despite the murder But I definitely was steps ahead of the characters than I like You all know how much I love a fun historical mystery and Kensington Publishing has a bevy of fabulous authors to choose from And I have read a number of them and consistently enjoy many of their authorsSo when this one came up for review I was counting on Kensington Publishing to not let me down This author is new to me and even though it s the second in a series it even "though it the second in a series it is the second book so "it the second in a series it is the second book so hoped that I hadn t missed too much by starting on book 2 rather than book 1The cover of this book is so bright cheerful and eye catchingI almost forgot that it was meant to be a murder mysteryI was astonished that this was only the second book by this writer The well crafted mystery and full bodied writing was polished and practiced I really enjoyed reading this one and the snappy dialogue and cheeky characters were interesting and funThe first chapter was spent introducing the principal characters and backstory from the previous novel but the author is careful to not Class of 92: Out of Our League giveaway too much from the previous book for new readers Then but the second chapter the murder mystery is off and runningI loved that I didn t have to spend than a few pagesetting caught up to speed with everything and the murder happened at the perfect time just before I started to Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story get bored with the back story I was roped back into the new mystery and trying to puzzle out what was happening With series there is such a delicate balance betweeniving too much back story and not enough I thought the author did a wonderful job striking that delicate balance between the twoI thought the tone of the book was charming and cozy and while I did figure out who the murderer was I enjoyed following the clues laid for the reader throughout the story If you are a fan of historical mysteries from authors like Deanna Raybourn Anna Lee Huber and Laurie King then you are How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead going to love this series It was a fast read with cleaver characters and loads of charm and I am solad I have found yet another new author in this enre to enjoySee my full review here A Lady s Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman was a very enjoyable addition to this historical cozy mystery seriesMs Freeman s writing is skillful and pulls me into the story from the first page I enjoyed spending time with Frances Aunt Hetty George and a new character addition Lottie Lottie was adorable because she s intelligent clever and klutzy Frances chooses to investigate the death of an acuaintance because the police have her cousin Charles in their sights as a murder suspect Frances investigation was completely within the proper boundaries of the era and George was able to investigate the areas where women were never to be seen Frances and George make a perfect pair The plot twisted and turned with several suspects and red herrings to divert me as I read I had trouble putting the book down until it was finishedI voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley All of the above opinions are my own The Countess of Harleigh and her appealing sidekicks return in a jolly romp through the peccadillos of polite society in late Victorian London This complex puzzler weaves mystery through the dance of a trio of aristocratic romances Readers will enjoy playing amateur sleuth as they learn what really might be oing on behind closed doors in 1899 s best British homes Freeman continues to ive her variety of female characters sharp intelligence and a lot to do a nice change from male dominated action This series has a bright futur. Scretions of society’s elite Frances can hardly believe that the enteel and Moonrise genial Mary was a blackmailer yet why else would she horde such juicy tidbits   Aided by herallant friend and neighbor George Hazelton Frances begins assisting the police in this highly sensitive case learning about her peers than she ever wished to know Too many suspects may be worse than none at all but even worrying is that the number of victims is increasing too And unless Frances takes care she’ll soon find herself among them. .

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Rleigh is drawn into investigating the murder of a friend in part because her cousin has been accused on the murder and partly because her entleman friend George Hazelton has been pressed into service to review many of the found in the lady s home George has some connection to king and country although he circumspect in sharing the specifics of his work He has been pressed into service in this novel as there is a possibility that compromising information may be revealed about some of the influential people in the British overnment Lady Frances enjoys the challenge of investigating and is pleased when George suggests she help him by reviewing some of the papers he has in his possession It is soon revealed that Lady Frances murdered friend was employed as a After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405 gossip columnist for the local paper a fact that has been kept from the public ineneral because it isn t considered appropriate work for a lady and also because it would be difficult to successfully pen the column if the writer s identity were known There are side issues as well including the impending marriage of Lady Frances younger sister Lily With her investigative activities reuiring much of her time Lady Frances has little time to spare to help plan the activities In addition Lottie a friend of time Lady Frances has little time to spare to help plan the activities In addition Lottie a friend of family who is spending the summer with Lady Frances proves that despite her physical clumsiness she is adept at organizing and assisting with the investigation The identity of the murderer is revealed through the investigation of Lady Frances and friends rather than through clues that are sprinkled throughout the book It is possible for the reader to determine the identity of the murderer but as a result of following Lady Frances and company as they investigate rather than through finding clues and solving the puzzle on their own This book will likely appeal most to readers who enjoy historical mystery fiction There is information regarding the period throughout the novel including societal expectations typical fashion for women of the day and restrictions that are imposed on women regarding their activities of work independence and other If a reader enjoys period fiction this may be the perfect novel for them A Lady s Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman is the second book of the Countess of Harleigh Mystery series This Series Is A Bit is a bit a different take on the average cozy mystery in that it has a historical setting mixing both enres wonderfullyIn the first book of the series readers were introduced to Frances Wynn who is an American that was born to a wealthy family that found herself in an arranged marriage to her husband Reggie The marriage brought Frances the title of the Countess of Harleigh and her husband access to her family funds Frances had thought she may row to love her husband it was soon apparent what kind of man he truly was before he was murderedWhile Frances is now widowed she is still the Countess of Harleigh and has begun adapting well to her new British surroundings Frances however is not a fan of the major hunting event that happens e very August so while all her friends and neighbors head out she expects uiet time This season however things do not o as planned when the young woman who Frances cousin had been courting is found murderedAt the beginning of this series I wasn t certain how the dynamic of having a strong female lead doing her sleuthing in historical times would balance out After reading these books though I think the author does a ood job keeping the feel of the era while mixing with cozy crime solving so this series is shaping up uite nicely and uite funI received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyF. In hunting for birds or a second husband and is expecting to spend a uiet few months in London with her almost engaged sister Lily until the throng returns Instead she’s immersed in a shocking mystery when a friend Mary Archer is found murdered Frances had hoped Mary might make a suitable bride for her cousin Charles but their courtship recently fizzled out Unfortunately this puts Charles in the spotlight along with dozens of others It seems Mary had countless notes hidden in her home detailing the private indi.