A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder
Countess of Harleigh #1
On Sale: June 26, 2018
Featuring: Frances Wynn, Countess of Harleigh; Inspector Delaney
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In this exciting historical mystery debut set in
Victorian England, a wealthy young widow encounters the
pleasuresâ€”and scandalous pitfallsâ€”of a London social
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 Yorkâ€”for 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 husbandâ€™s death. Frances
assures Inspector Delaney of her innocence, but sheâ€™s also
keen to keep him from learning the scandalous
circumstances of Reggieâ€™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 Lilyâ€™s behalf, and
worrying if Reggie really was murdered, Frances learns of
mysterious burglaries plaguing Londonâ€™s elite. The
investigation brings death to her doorstep, and Frances
rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and the ever-
chivalrous Mr. Hazelton to uncover the truth. A killer is
in their midst, perhaps even among her sisterâ€™s suitors.
And Frances must unmask the villain before Lilyâ€™s seasonâ€”
and their livesâ€”come to a most unseemly endâ€¦
Frisco Book Club - July 1, 2019
Countess of Harleigh
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