A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder
A Countess of Harleigh Mystery
On Sale: May 28, 2019
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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 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
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 end . . .
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