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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 Li 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 fianc�, 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. . . .


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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 Li 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 fianc�, 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. . . .

30 review for A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I had no idea this was the third book in a series when I downloaded it onto my kindle. A few chapters in I started to get suspicious because it seemed these characters all knew each other really well which suggested they had met before! Anyway it did not spoil the book for me as the author gave just enough information from the past to keep events understandable. I always love a good historical mystery and this was a good one. I enjoyed the country house setting and the romance between Frances and I had no idea this was the third book in a series when I downloaded it onto my kindle. A few chapters in I started to get suspicious because it seemed these characters all knew each other really well which suggested they had met before! Anyway it did not spoil the book for me as the author gave just enough information from the past to keep events understandable. I always love a good historical mystery and this was a good one. I enjoyed the country house setting and the romance between Frances and George. The mystery was entertaining with lots of possibilities for the bad guy and I did guess who it was just before Frances did. I ended up enjoying it so much I immediately purchased the first book in the series as my Audible listen for August. I am looking forward to finding out how Frances and George met. Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    JEN A

    I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 28 July 2020 This was an okay historical cozy mystery. The characters were quite interesting but the storyline took a long time to develop. The ending was a bit on the typical side and the middle dragged a bit. I think I would’ve found the story more interesting if I had begun with the first book in the series. Overall it just didn’t have that wow factor for I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 28 July 2020 This was an okay historical cozy mystery. The characters were quite interesting but the storyline took a long time to develop. The ending was a bit on the typical side and the middle dragged a bit. I think I would’ve found the story more interesting if I had begun with the first book in the series. Overall it just didn’t have that wow factor for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JEN A

    This was an okay historical cozy mystery. The characters were quite interesting but the storyline took a long time to develop. The ending was a bit on the typical side and the middle dragged a bit. I think I would’ve found the story more interesting if I had begun with the first book in the series. Overall it just didn’t have that wow factor for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ℳacarena

    This has been a nice surprise. I must confess I haven't read the previous books in the series, but I couldn't resist myself from requesting it... you see, the title says it all. Now I want to read A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder and A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder. I totally recommend it, even if you haven't read the previous books. If you like cosy mysteries and historical sets, this might be you're next read. The characters are nicely depicted. One can easily imagine them. I really like This has been a nice surprise. I must confess I haven't read the previous books in the series, but I couldn't resist myself from requesting it... you see, the title says it all. Now I want to read A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder and A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder. I totally recommend it, even if you haven't read the previous books. If you like cosy mysteries and historical sets, this might be you're next read. The characters are nicely depicted. One can easily imagine them. I really like Frances and Mr. Hazelton. The story keeps you interested and wondering who might be the culprit? Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    '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 b '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 is the third book in Dianne Freeman's Countess of Harleigh Mystery series and is a historical mystery set in Victorian England. I love the author's writing style in that she very clearly has done much reasearch into the time period and sets the tone of the book appropriately in such a way that it doesn't distract from the plot itself and the characters' interactions. Needless to say, I continue to love this series. There was the perfect level of danger in the book to be exciting but still feel realistic. I knew who the villain of the book was quite early, but the red herrings along the way worked well to throw suspicion onto multiple characters to keep readers guessing. For me, I just found that there was just one character that just seemed too conspicuous to me throughout the book. I was so happy to see Frances have the spectacular moments she did in terms of the conclusion of the case, it just really outlined what a great character she is. She's definitely one of my favorite protagonists from any historical mystery series. I won't give any more details on those moments though because I don't want to risk any spoilers. I think the one thing that bothered me about the book is how many 'accidents' had to occur before the characters began to put them together and consider the fact that there might be something more sinister at work. I found it shockingly obtuse for characters so adept at sleuthing. But that's only a minor thing and didn;t really affect my enjoyement of the book itself. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Will that the book where we get to see a wedding between George and Frances?? Here's to hoping. I recommend The Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder as well as the previous books in the Countess of Harleigh series to anyone who enjoys historical mysteries. And I do recommend that you read them in order as the connections between the charcters continue to be built upon as the series progresses. _____ I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for sharing an eARC of A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman. This is my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you HFVBT for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. A Lady's Guide To Mischief And Murder By: Dianne Freeman REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ This series is new to me, and I found A Lady's Guide To Mischief And Murder a fun and charming historical mystery. I read it fairly quickly, and my intrest was held all the way. Frances is a sassy smart woman, and I just adore her character. Although not really original, the premise is fun to read and explore. It's the Thank you HFVBT for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. A Lady's Guide To Mischief And Murder By: Dianne Freeman REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ This series is new to me, and I found A Lady's Guide To Mischief And Murder a fun and charming historical mystery. I read it fairly quickly, and my intrest was held all the way. Frances is a sassy smart woman, and I just adore her character. Although not really original, the premise is fun to read and explore. It's the classic whodunit type of story, and I didn't guess who it was. There are red herrings and twists and drama and romance. All of this combined makes a witty light hearted historical mystery. Dianne Freeman is a great author, and I look forward to reading the rest of her books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Unfortunately, third time was not the charm. I love the cover. I love the title. And...that's about it. I was mostly bored stiff. The writing flows well enough but I don't care about any of it--the characters, the romance, the mystery. Frances shows a hint more backbone than in book 2 but my eyes still glazed over. I think I'm done with this series, even if the author writes more books. Despite great marketing, the actual stories just aren't enough to hold my interest. Unfortunately, third time was not the charm. I love the cover. I love the title. And...that's about it. I was mostly bored stiff. The writing flows well enough but I don't care about any of it--the characters, the romance, the mystery. Frances shows a hint more backbone than in book 2 but my eyes still glazed over. I think I'm done with this series, even if the author writes more books. Despite great marketing, the actual stories just aren't enough to hold my interest.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Countess of Harleigh Mystery #3 Publication Date: 7/28/20 Number of Pages: 304 This new-to-me author was a delightful find. The story was very well written, the historical sights, sounds, language, etc. were period correct, the plot moved along at the perfect pace – and best of all there was romance. My favorite genre is historical mysteries, but I have to have a romance in those – and this one had TWO! This is the third book in the series, but I have not read the first two books and don’t f Series: Countess of Harleigh Mystery #3 Publication Date: 7/28/20 Number of Pages: 304 This new-to-me author was a delightful find. The story was very well written, the historical sights, sounds, language, etc. were period correct, the plot moved along at the perfect pace – and best of all there was romance. My favorite genre is historical mysteries, but I have to have a romance in those – and this one had TWO! This is the third book in the series, but I have not read the first two books and don’t feel I really missed anything in this story by not having read them. However, since this book was so much fun, I’ll go back and catch those first two! The characters are delightful – both main and supporting. There is a scene toward the end between Frances and her mother that will have you rolling on the floor laughing. It is absolutely perfect to see that side of Frances’ mother. When you get there, you’ll recognize it because you can’t miss it - think buckets of water, horse dung, and pitchforks. Frances and George are secretly betrothed. Not because they are hiding anything, but because they don’t want to tread on Frances’s sister Lily’s big moment – her own wedding. George isn’t thrilled with keeping it a secret, but he’ll honor Frances’s wishes. When the need arises to move Lily’s wedding up by several weeks, George is more than happy to offer his brother’s estate, Risings, as the perfect venue. There is a perfect small church and the house will accommodate the close family and friends. Perfect solution. Strange occurrences begin – accidents surely – but are they? The first couple of ‘accidents’ are viewed as just that, but as more accidents happen – and a death – Frances and George suspect there is a villain loose among them. Who is the intended victim? Is it Leo, Lily’s betrothed, or is it George himself? They both seem to always be at the scene of the accident and could have easily been the victim. Who could want Leo dead or injured? His brother-in-law? His best friend who might hold a romantic interest in Lily? What about George? Could someone from one of his past Home Office cases be coming back to seek revenge? With suspects and victims galore, George and Frances will have their work cut out for them. They’ll definitely need all of their skills to prevent more injuries or deaths and to catch the villain. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and surely hope you will also. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Dianne Freeman’s A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder (Countess of Harleigh Mystery #3) is more instructions for Regency women and American women who wish to do more that find a husband! The Countess of Harleigh, an American widow of a British aristocrat, is preparing for the marriage of her younger sister when said sister tells the Countess that she ‘needs’ to get married now not in a few months. At first the Countess does not understand why her younger sister cannot wait this short period of Dianne Freeman’s A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder (Countess of Harleigh Mystery #3) is more instructions for Regency women and American women who wish to do more that find a husband! The Countess of Harleigh, an American widow of a British aristocrat, is preparing for the marriage of her younger sister when said sister tells the Countess that she ‘needs’ to get married now not in a few months. At first the Countess does not understand why her younger sister cannot wait this short period of time. Then with her younger sister’s frankness, the Countess realizes that her sister must get married immediately or scandal will affect the entire family! Now a quiet venue for the a small wedding must be found. George, the Countess’ next door neighbor and friend, finds a way to solve the problem - his brother’s country pile. When all have arrived at George’s brother’s house, the wedding will take place, but then someone attempts to murder one of the guests or the groom. Frances must find the evil doer before the wedding becomes a funeral. The Countess has a surprise for every one after the murderer is caught! At one point though I thought that I was reading a Marx brothers’ story. Too much at the end. 3.75 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder is such a catchy title! I don't usually read mystery, but I could not stop myself from requesting this one on NetGalley. The book is part of the Countess of Harleigh Mystery Series but can be read as a standalone. My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the advanced reader's copy. Lady Harleigh, neé Frances Price, is a wealthy widow raising an eight years old daughter. She is secretly engaged to the lovely George Hazelton and about to marry her young A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder is such a catchy title! I don't usually read mystery, but I could not stop myself from requesting this one on NetGalley. The book is part of the Countess of Harleigh Mystery Series but can be read as a standalone. My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the advanced reader's copy. Lady Harleigh, neé Frances Price, is a wealthy widow raising an eight years old daughter. She is secretly engaged to the lovely George Hazelton and about to marry her young sister Lily to a respectable and honorable man. Things start to get complicated when her sister's wedding plans suddenly change, and people start to get hurt and even killed. Throw an ambitious mother, a jealous best man, some bickering siblings, and a mysterious new neighbor to the mix, and the result is a fun, light, and engrossing story. I especially liked how Frances' relationship with her mother changed as her views of life expanded. It is certainly not easy to confront a dominant parent. The mystery is well woven. I had no clue about what was really going on until the very end. A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder is a very entertaining read. I intend to read the other books in the series. *This review will be posted on https://lureviewsbooks.com on 07/28/2020*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Judy Lesley

    I have not read the previous two novels in this series but can say I didn't have any problems at all in finding myself comfortably reading along and understanding the relationships between all the characters. Francis, Countess of Harleigh, is a young widow ( approximately 28 years old), the mother of an eight year old daughter and an American. Married for her dowry, Francis was not attached to her husband but she was able to bring an entrance into the British aristocracy which was much sought by I have not read the previous two novels in this series but can say I didn't have any problems at all in finding myself comfortably reading along and understanding the relationships between all the characters. Francis, Countess of Harleigh, is a young widow ( approximately 28 years old), the mother of an eight year old daughter and an American. Married for her dowry, Francis was not attached to her husband but she was able to bring an entrance into the British aristocracy which was much sought by her mother. Francis is helping with the planning of her sister Lily's wedding when it becomes necessary to move the date of the wedding forward. Luckily for Francis (as well as Lily and Leo) her very good friend George Hazelton can offer the ancestral home of his brother as a suitable, and quiet, location for the wedding. Of course, nothing could be simple with so many characters running through the pages so the wedding has to be planned among all sorts of excitements, even murder. As a cozy mystery set among the rich of 1899 England this was an entertaining, light-weight read for me. I liked some of the characters more than others but that's not so very unusual. There are two previous novels in this series which I might decide to read eventually. Not going to be in a rush, but I never know what a rainy afternoon might put me in the mood to read. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an e-galley of this novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Yvette

    In this third Countess of Harleigh Mystery, the action moves to the country when the wedding plans for Frances Wynn’s sister Lily must be altered to avoid scandal. As accident follows accident and a death occurs at George Hazelton’s family home, the social and romantic entanglements both upstairs and downstairs amuse the reader while furthering the plot – aided in no small part by the arrival of Frances and Lily’s title-hungry mother. It was as much of a delight to watch the bits of the puzzle th In this third Countess of Harleigh Mystery, the action moves to the country when the wedding plans for Frances Wynn’s sister Lily must be altered to avoid scandal. As accident follows accident and a death occurs at George Hazelton’s family home, the social and romantic entanglements both upstairs and downstairs amuse the reader while furthering the plot – aided in no small part by the arrival of Frances and Lily’s title-hungry mother. It was as much of a delight to watch the bits of the puzzle that I could predict unfold for Frances and George as it was to follow along as new wrinkles appeared. And while there were plot points that felt cozily familiar, the author also crafted this as a story with multiple possibilities, resulting in an enjoyable read that did keep me guessing. Each of these cozy Victorian mysteries has had a slightly different feel, though all charmingly narrated by Frances Wynn, American-born Countess of Harleigh. From the titles and covers to the development of Frances and George’s relationship and partnership over the course of these three books, all of the Countess of Harleigh mysteries have been a delight, and A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder may just be my favorite. This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily read, courtesy of the publisher. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I received an ARC of this book from the author on a Goodreads giveaway. This series has become one of my favorites. I enjoy the settings and the lighthearted banter among the family members. Frances, Lady Harleigh, is preparing for her younger sister's wedding, which had to be moved to an earlier date. Her friend (and secret fiance) George Hazelton has invited her and the families of the engaged couple to use his family estate as the venue. Soon, "accidents" begin to happen, including a death, and I received an ARC of this book from the author on a Goodreads giveaway. This series has become one of my favorites. I enjoy the settings and the lighthearted banter among the family members. Frances, Lady Harleigh, is preparing for her younger sister's wedding, which had to be moved to an earlier date. Her friend (and secret fiance) George Hazelton has invited her and the families of the engaged couple to use his family estate as the venue. Soon, "accidents" begin to happen, including a death, and Frances begins to suspect that her sister's fiance is a target. I enjoyed reading about the developments in the relationships between Frances and George, and Frances and her mother. I look forward to continuing to read this series

  14. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    This is one of my favorite Historical Fiction Cozy Mystery series! Frances Wynn, an American whose overbearing mother pushed her into a miserable marriage for a title in the British aristocracy, has been a widow for a while now. Living in London with her daughter and now her sister Lily who has fallen head over heels in love with Leo.  George and Frances are keeping their engagement secret until after Lily is wed. Unfortunately, Leo and Lily jumped the gun and are now in a position of having to m This is one of my favorite Historical Fiction Cozy Mystery series! Frances Wynn, an American whose overbearing mother pushed her into a miserable marriage for a title in the British aristocracy, has been a widow for a while now. Living in London with her daughter and now her sister Lily who has fallen head over heels in love with Leo.  George and Frances are keeping their engagement secret until after Lily is wed. Unfortunately, Leo and Lily jumped the gun and are now in a position of having to move the wedding forward quickly. George comes to the rescue by having everyone to his family estate in the country and the entire party is transported to Hampshire for some hunting, riding and you just know there will be drama when the parents of the couple arrive. But drama begins almost as soon as they arrive. Deaths, accidents, and sketchy guests are all on the menu.  Frances isn't about to be left out of the investigation, especially when her own George may be in danger. There is a killer on the grounds and as they set a trap for the suspect they may find themselves caught in it! I love these characters. They are funny and strong and get themselves into the most dangerous of predicaments.  Always a pleasure! NetGalley/July 28th, 2020 by Kensington Books

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    this is an example of a sophomore series slump.(ie. the 3rd or 4th book/middle book in a series) while it was still pleasant, it wasn't as enjoyable as the previous 2 books. but the mystery was really good. lots of suspects/clues. some surprises/red herrings. charming characters. i had my theories and when all is revealed, i said, "well that shot that theory down." glad Theo & Lily will get their HEA. I hope that Frances & George will get one as well. (perhaps, the next book???) i also enjoy that G this is an example of a sophomore series slump.(ie. the 3rd or 4th book/middle book in a series) while it was still pleasant, it wasn't as enjoyable as the previous 2 books. but the mystery was really good. lots of suspects/clues. some surprises/red herrings. charming characters. i had my theories and when all is revealed, i said, "well that shot that theory down." glad Theo & Lily will get their HEA. I hope that Frances & George will get one as well. (perhaps, the next book???) i also enjoy that George accepts Frances as an equal. but this does make you appreciate that fact that we're in the modern age and not surrounded by all that formality/pomp/stuffiness/stodginess that was the Victorian Era, et al. (seriously..they couldn't use first names in public...what kind of silliness was that?)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    2 Stars - Okay book This hasn’t been my favorite series, but this is my favorite book. However, I still didn’t love or really even like this one. My main complaint with this book is that it was overly absurd teetering on unbelievable. Also, a lot of nothing happened in the first third of the book and most of the action is packed in the last third or even fourth. It felt unbalanced. I thought Frances’ demand (view spoiler)[to be included in George’s work ridiculous (hide spoiler)] . In what world d 2 Stars - Okay book This hasn’t been my favorite series, but this is my favorite book. However, I still didn’t love or really even like this one. My main complaint with this book is that it was overly absurd teetering on unbelievable. Also, a lot of nothing happened in the first third of the book and most of the action is packed in the last third or even fourth. It felt unbalanced. I thought Frances’ demand (view spoiler)[to be included in George’s work ridiculous (hide spoiler)] . In what world does a (view spoiler)[ spouse demand to be included in the other spouse’s job? Not like a family job or business but government work. I understand wanting to have knowledge re safety concerns, but to be actually included in the work?? No (hide spoiler)] . I’d recommend skipping this whole series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    3.5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for the digital advanced copy. My review reflects my own opinion and is not affected by the giveaway. October 1899, Lily and Leo's wedding is planned for the winter, in just eight weeks. There's much to do before Mrs. Price arrives to criticize everything. Lily still seems unhappy about something and Frances is determined to make sure her sister's impending marriage is not a disaster. Far from it, Lily has happy news, however, the news would cause 3.5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for the digital advanced copy. My review reflects my own opinion and is not affected by the giveaway. October 1899, Lily and Leo's wedding is planned for the winter, in just eight weeks. There's much to do before Mrs. Price arrives to criticize everything. Lily still seems unhappy about something and Frances is determined to make sure her sister's impending marriage is not a disaster. Far from it, Lily has happy news, however, the news would cause a scandal of monumental proportions if it became known. Frances, feeling guilty for not being a good chaperone, wishes there were some way to hold a small, intimate, country wedding far from Society's gossips. If only Harleigh Manor were not for sale... or falling apart... or the scene of a dreadful event. Enter George Hazelton, Frances's neighbor and friend. George is off to the country to housesit his older brother's estate. Since he and Frances are now (secretly) engaged, nothing would be improper about holding the wedding at Risings. Frances, Rose, Lily, Leo, Leo's sisters, brother-in-law and best man all head to the country for some shooting and socializing before Frances and Lily's mother arrives from America and Leo's parents return from a business trip. If Frances hoped for some alone time with George, she was much mistaken. He's busy with estate matters and shooting and she's busy planning a quickie wedding. Then a series of unfortunate incidents occur that make Frances uneasy. George is convinced they are nothing more than unintentional mischief but Frances isn't so sure. They must divide and conquer the servants and guests to get to the bottom of the mystery. When Frances's mother arrives from America, she threatens to derail all their carefully laid romantic plans. Will this summer end with a happily-ever-after or a funeral? I absolutely love this cozy mystery series. It has all the elements I like: Victorian elegance, a strong independent heroine, a swoony hero, witty dialogue and a good mystery. The writing has improved enormously since the first book. However, the mystery in this novel let me down somewhat. It has rather too much mischief and not enough solving whodunit. There are too many suspects but none of them are really plausible. With only two non-family new characters, it shouldn't have been that hard to figure out BUT I didn't. I got confused by the red herrings, twists and turns until the motive was finally revealed. I figured out how, then why and finally who just a bit before Frances. I loved the twist at the end. It was breathtaking and fun at the same time. That's the kind of mystery solving I like! As for the relationship plot, it's still sweet when George and Frances are alone. Those moments are few and far between because they're in the middle of a house party and keeping their relationship a secret. Lily's drama bored me and the horrible mother plot also distracted from the mystery. There was just too much going on in this novel for it to be my very favorite of the series but I still enjoyed it very much. One thing I really enjoy about this author is her attention to historical detail. I can tell she's done her research on life in 1899 (plus I read her blog). She is skilled at working in small details that set the time and place without weighing down the plot with unnecessary information or boring readers. I especially liked the Russian Influenza comment but the analysis of the ginger beer was maybe a bit too much. I love Frances! She's my kind of heroine! Frances has come a long way just since the first time we met her. She was still married to Reggie. His death has liberated her and helped her grow. She's intelligent, independent, a bit too stubborn at times and caring. She made a mistake and has learned from it. Unfortunately, she has tried to pass that lesson on to Lily who has a more traditionally feminine personality and is happy with her choice of husband. Frances shouldn't feel guilty for pushing Lily into a long engagement. I probably would have cautioned the same thing in Frances's shoes. Frances does a little too much mothering of Lily. I love how strong Frances becomes in the course of this story. She's amazing! She has learned a lot along the path to the end of the novel. I adore her relationship with George. I love his sense of humor most of all and his easygoing charm. Best of all, he supports Frances and loves her BECAUSE she's intelligent as well as beautiful and kind. They make a good team. I don't think Frances has anything to worry about but she does worry George won't want her as an equal partner. I think he's made it perfectly clear he DOES want her as his life partner as well as partner in solving crime. He doesn't know her as well as he could, not yet, not to know that she's worried about that. She should take her own advice and talk to him! Lily is super annoying. She can't think for herself or communicate like an adult. I agree with Frances, 18 is too young to be married. I'd like to say Lily comes into her own, but she doesn't really. She lets Frances take care of everything. Leo is a nice guy, like a puppy. He's innocent and open but he doesn't know much about women, in spite of having three sisters. He also doesn't communicate with Lily. He's off with the guys having fun shooting birds, leaving her alone at the mercy of his best man. Treadwell is a new character but he's known Leo forever. Treadwell is a cad and not to be trusted. How could he do that to Leo? Is Treadwell behind the mysterious "accidents" trying to cause harm to Leo so he can have Lily to himself? Leo clearly hasn't told his pal his big secret or has and Treadwell is worse of a cad than it seems. Leo's family assembles for the wedding. We met some of them before. I like his sister Anne the most. She seems to be an emerging women's rights activist but she isn't immune to the charm of handsome young gentlemen. Her sisters are awful, especially Eliza, Mrs. Durant. Eliza is mean, fussy and rude to everyone, even her own sisters. Her husband is a pompous bore who puts business above all else. Mr. Durant wants something Leo has and doesn't want to take a back seat. Is he prepared to cause Leo harm or even kill his brother-in-law? Clara is very young and silly. She needs to grow up more. We finally meet Fran's family. Mrs. Price is an Alva Vanderbilt wannabe without the social cachet. She's pushy, overbearing, controlling and a massive snob. I was appalled at her behavior! I would have told her off sooner if I were Frances. Even sweet Lily dreads her mother's arrival. I think Mrs. Price is slightly empathetic though. It sounds like she doesn't have a happy marriage. Mr. Price might as well be dead because he doesn't bother to show up for Lily's wedding! Mrs. Price takes comfort where she can- in her money and social position, and assumes all good marriages should be that way. She doesn't understand love because it sounds like she's never had it. I did feel rather sorry for her. Daisy's character development is sudden but it makes sense for a mother and adds some comic relief to the tense scenes. Alonzo, Frances's younger brother, is still young and green. He's goofy like a Golden Retriever and eager to experience English country life. As always, Aunt Hetty is sensible, tough and delightful. I hope she stays in England! Rose, Frances's daughter, is going to be a handful when she grows up. George gives thanks he doesn't have a 17-year-old daughter but he will and she'll be every bit as stubborn as her mother! Also invited are Lily's friend Lottie and her husband, Frances's cousin Charles. These two are so cute! I relate a lot to Lottie. She's very intellectual but also extremely klutzy. They're both nice, good people. What happens to Charles made me LOL! Fiona, George's sister, really steps up for Frances here. Fiona is a good hostess but a better friend. She makes sure her brother and Frances have some alone time, orchestrates their meetings and stands up for Frances when she needs support. Fiona's husband, Nash, is a dolt but he seems kindly enough for someone with sport on the brain. The first accident happens to Mr. Gibbs, the Steward. He swears it wasn't an accident. Is he telling the truth? His insistence at showing off his wound makes it seem like he's telling the truth. His new assistant, John Winnie, is a young eager beaver. He's a pleasant young man and a little over eager to do his job. Tuttle, the gamekeeper, seems loyal and devoted to the Hazelton family. He's in a position where he's out on the grounds all the time but he swears he doesn't see any of the accidents. Is he telling the truth? Percy Bradmore claims to be a neighbor, a great-nephew and heir of Lady Esther. He has never met any of the Hazeltons before and insists his aunt is ill. He acts very suspicious. A man who lives here and there, keeps rooms in London but never visits, is supposed to be attending to a sick aunt but has time to socialize? No way is this guy for real. He's hiding something! Frances is certain Mr. Bradmore is the one behind the accidents, but why? Downstairs drama ensues when another accident befalls a footman, Michael O'Brien. The man unfortunately ends up dead. Was it a simple case of food poisoning compounded with tainted water? (Did you know water contained arsenic and ginger beer was used as a stomach remedy but the water, not being distilled, could be dangerous?) Was there a reason for his death beyond mischance? At first he seems like an innocent victim, a kind young man everyone liked. Then the more information revealed, the more horrible he sounds. If he got a job at Downton Abbey, he'd be hand in glove with Thomas Barrow until they tried to outdo each other in nastiness. Young Michael didn't deserve to die though, if it was murder. Mr. Crocker, the butler, is a tartar. He's super strict with the servants but doesn't pry into their personal lives. They could all be hiding things from him and he'd never know! The female servants, especially the cook and housemaids, are rather silly women. Instead of trying to help Frances, they weep and wail. Dr. Woodrow is a good doctor. He takes Max's concerns seriously and is quick to arrive to treat the characters when needed. This is such a fun series, I'm eager to read more, ESPECIALLY the next one. There must be a wedding coming up soon, right? How will married life affect Frances? Will she and George be 1899's version of Nick and Nora? How do they celebrate the turn-of-the-20th-century? That will be fun! What happens with Lily and her secret? Will her mother go ballistic when she does the math? Read this series if you miss Downton Abbey.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Perchikoff

    What happens when you get pregnant before your wedding in Victorian England?? You move up the date of the wedding! DUH. That’s the case that Frances’s sister, Lily, finds herself in at the beginning of the book. The problem is: where are they going to hold the wedding? Luckily, Frances’s dude, George is lovely and offers his brother’s home for the wedding (his brother isn’t home, thank goodness). So off they go to Risings. The group includes Frances, Lily, her future husband, Leo, his sisters, hi What happens when you get pregnant before your wedding in Victorian England?? You move up the date of the wedding! DUH. That’s the case that Frances’s sister, Lily, finds herself in at the beginning of the book. The problem is: where are they going to hold the wedding? Luckily, Frances’s dude, George is lovely and offers his brother’s home for the wedding (his brother isn’t home, thank goodness). So off they go to Risings. The group includes Frances, Lily, her future husband, Leo, his sisters, his best man, and his brother-in-law. The parents are coming but they’ll arrive later. And let’s just say….Frances and Lily’s mother…makes an ARRIVAL. So everything is good and fine and they are in the country and isn’t it calming and nice and picturesque and then BOOM! “Accidents” start happening. Or are they accidents? The more strange things happen, the more Frances thinks there’s something sinister going on. Ok, let’s talk about these “accidents.” My favorite “accident” is when the group are having an archery competition (can we bring these back? you can do archery and social-distance, right?) and one of the men (I’m not giving it away because it’s too good) gets shot with an arrow in the ass. I laughed for five minutes. It reminds me of something that would happen in Emma (probably to Mr. Elton lol) or Mansfield Park. It’s perfect. But besides the light moments, there are plenty of dark ones as well. At first, Frances and George believe someone is trying to murder Leo. They don’t have a solid reason why but he’s in the vicinity at each of the “accidents”. Is someone jealous of him? Or does someone not want him to marry Lily?! It turns out that something much bigger and more sinister is going on and it has nothing to do with Leo. NO SPOILERS! Ok, here are the things I loved: the archery scene (obviously), Frances’s brother (omg I hope he gets a book or something), Frances’s mother (LORD HAVE MERCY) (she does something at the end that made me love her so much), and Frances verbally slapping George for keeping secrets from her. *smirks* I could’ve done without George questioning Frances’s skills or why she thought the accidents were more than what they appeared to be. I’m guessing they worked together in the last two books. She’s proven herself. BELIEVE HER, DUDE! I also wanted the stakes to be a little higher before the murderer was revealed. But the scene with the fire…I was like “FRANCES GET YOUR BUTT OUT OF THERE!” so maybe I’m just being picky. Or maybe I wanted to feel more immersed in the fire. idk *shrugs* Overall, I really liked A Lady’s Guide to Mayhem and Murder by Dianne Freeman. It was fancy and funny and I had no idea who the murderer was until the very end. I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars. If you like historical fiction and/or mysteries, you should definitely check this out!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder By Dianne Freeman Feeeman writes this third installment of the Countess of Harleigh Mystery series and is a historical mystery set in Victorian England- as always I had a fun time reading this series for its well written and well-researched story line, plot and a twisty mystery that is enjoyable and entertaining to read. I feel that readers new to the series would enjoy this read better if you start with the first book to follow and learn more about the charac A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder By Dianne Freeman Feeeman writes this third installment of the Countess of Harleigh Mystery series and is a historical mystery set in Victorian England- as always I had a fun time reading this series for its well written and well-researched story line, plot and a twisty mystery that is enjoyable and entertaining to read. I feel that readers new to the series would enjoy this read better if you start with the first book to follow and learn more about the characters as the stories are connected and build up from one book to the next. Though this could also be enjoyed as a stand alone. The writing was very well written and a read that is hard to put down. I love reading about the English country side for the setting and the enjoyable main characters and side characters too. Overall, this is a series that I look forward to reading and Dianne Freeman is a great cozy mystery writer whose writing I enjoy very much!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie P.

    Blog ✍ | Facebook 👩 | Twitter 🐦 | Instagram 📸 I have done a lot of exploring new series in the recent past and I am excited to say that this is my first adventure into the world of Frances Wynn and the Countess of Harleigh mystery series! I love a good cozy mystery with a historical backdrop. Since this is the third book in the series, there had been significant character development in earlier books, but I didn't find that I felt lost. I felt that the author provided enough information for me to Blog ✍ | Facebook 👩 | Twitter 🐦 | Instagram 📸 I have done a lot of exploring new series in the recent past and I am excited to say that this is my first adventure into the world of Frances Wynn and the Countess of Harleigh mystery series! I love a good cozy mystery with a historical backdrop. Since this is the third book in the series, there had been significant character development in earlier books, but I didn't find that I felt lost. I felt that the author provided enough information for me to jump right in with this as a standalone. Of course, I would encourage anyone to begin with the first book to fully appreciate the characters and world, but jumping in here would be perfectly acceptable. As a long-time fan of the juxtaposition between the 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' in the Victorian era, I found this book to be exceedingly interesting with the plot developing in both settings. Though Frances is of the upstairs crowd, she has just as much respect for the downstairs tragedies as those that take place in her world. I found this compassion to be a central point in the story. The reader will pick up on and appreciate the detailed research the author surely undertook to ensure that the book had an air of historical accuracy. There were no out of place elements and the language used by the characters was fantastically period accurate! Some novels can fall into the category of having so much danger that it seems highly unrealistic, but I found this book to have the right balance between 'accidents', danger, and realistic events that would probably have occurred if this had happened at a real Victorian era estate. This can oftentimes be a fine line to walk, but this author has done that beautifully! This is the perfect book to open on a rainy day with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit! Clocking in at around 300 pages, it was a fairly fast paced book with plenty of intrigue to keep the reader hooked. I loved the mystery and the plot development throughout! I would recommend this to fans of cozy mysteries and those who enjoy a good historical mystery novel as well! A healthy dose of whodunit mixed with a strong female lead make this book a must read historical mystery! Thank you to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, the publisher, and Dianne Freeman for having me along for this tour and providing a copy for me to read. All thoughts and opinions are my own! Looking forward to more from the Countess of Harleigh!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne Secher

    *I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.* 4.5 stars. I had so much fun reading this mystery! Victorian England, a strong female MC, a murderer stalking you from the past and harming others on their intent to murder you, many "accidents" along the way, hints left for the reader here and there, love and chaos, thirst for vengeance and power. The perfect read for a cozy day at home. This book took me back to my childhood, when Spanish TV broa *I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.* 4.5 stars. I had so much fun reading this mystery! Victorian England, a strong female MC, a murderer stalking you from the past and harming others on their intent to murder you, many "accidents" along the way, hints left for the reader here and there, love and chaos, thirst for vengeance and power. The perfect read for a cozy day at home. This book took me back to my childhood, when Spanish TV broadcasted a cozy mystery series called Murder, She Wrote, whose main character was Jessica Fletcher -played by the wonderful Angela Lansbury-, a female mystery writer inspired by Agatha Christie. It had been a long time since I read a cozy mystery last, but this book was totally worth it. A story in which both the male and female main characters are likeable and all literary personas are well rounded. It portrays victorian England so accurately, you cannot help but have all your senses on the scenery; by this I mean I could see, touch, smell and hear everything and everyone in the story. I basically went back in time! There's something happening constantly, secrets being unveiled, sudden small private events, a couple always interrupted when they're trying to spend some time alone -who can't relate to that-, so it is impossible to get bored. If you need a light but rich read, something to catch your full attention, and a mystery to solve, this is your book. Highly recommended!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    This is the third book in the Lady’s Guide series and while they are all stand alone, as with all series type books I think you are better for having read what came before and I will admit to being a little lost at times with not knowing past events. But that being written, I did enjoy the characters and the plot. This isn’t a deep book, but it is entertaining – murder notwithstanding. Frances, Countess of Harleigh finds herself with a family dilemma – her sister needs to have her wedding sooner This is the third book in the Lady’s Guide series and while they are all stand alone, as with all series type books I think you are better for having read what came before and I will admit to being a little lost at times with not knowing past events. But that being written, I did enjoy the characters and the plot. This isn’t a deep book, but it is entertaining – murder notwithstanding. Frances, Countess of Harleigh finds herself with a family dilemma – her sister needs to have her wedding sooner rather than later and wants a small country affair rather than the large society bash their mother seeks. Her problem is solved when her fiance, George offers up his family’s estate. All seems to be going well, but the parents of the groom and the mother of the bride will needs dealing with and no one wants to do the dealing. As the guests arrive and people start settling in, accidents start to happen and people start getting hurt. George tries to discover if the accidents are just that or if someone is being targeted. Frances will not be left out of the investigation and the two of them work together to sort through the clues to find out who is to blame. This was a quick read – I read it in an afternoon on the deck. I didn’t want to stop reading until I knew who the culprit was! It was full of twists and turns and the story kept me guessing until the end. Ms. Freeman has created a couple that you want to root for. I would love to follow their exploits as they marry and continue on their adventures.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    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 but the bucolic setting harbours a menace, and it’s not simply the arrival of 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 but the bucolic setting harbours 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. 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. This is the third book of this fun series, it could easily be read on its own but the whole series is very good. A well written novel which flows extremely well. The characters have plenty of depth & are very likeable. I love Frances & George who are the perfect partners. I love romance & also murder mysteries so this book (& series) ticks all the boxes for me. I was totally drawn into it & read in two sittings, I look forward to more Lady Hadleigh stories My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  24. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman was another engaging and entertaining book in this historical cozy series. Frances Wynn and George Hazelton are such a perfect couple as they work together again to find answers regarding mysterious accidents that seem to be happening repeatedly. The plot is filled with excellent twists, turns, deceptive red herrings but only a few viable suspects. It was almost a delight to meet Frances and Lily's mother, Daisy. She seems to be more concern A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman was another engaging and entertaining book in this historical cozy series. Frances Wynn and George Hazelton are such a perfect couple as they work together again to find answers regarding mysterious accidents that seem to be happening repeatedly. The plot is filled with excellent twists, turns, deceptive red herrings but only a few viable suspects. It was almost a delight to meet Frances and Lily's mother, Daisy. She seems to be more concerned with title and prestige than her daughters' happiness; but she did finally show her support of Frances. However, I missed not seeing Aunt Hetty more in this book as she is a favorite character of mine. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    A great little who done it story! This may be the third in the series but it definitely works as a stand alone! Frances is staying at a manor in the country as her sister is due to be married there. However, when one too many accidents start to take place among the guests, Frances starts to believe they may not be accidents at all. Someone definitely has some murderous intentions but can Frances discover who and why before it's too late? Frances is extremely likeable and witty throughout which mad A great little who done it story! This may be the third in the series but it definitely works as a stand alone! Frances is staying at a manor in the country as her sister is due to be married there. However, when one too many accidents start to take place among the guests, Frances starts to believe they may not be accidents at all. Someone definitely has some murderous intentions but can Frances discover who and why before it's too late? Frances is extremely likeable and witty throughout which made this such a quick and easy read. I liked how it had all the romance elements of a classic period novel but the whole murder element was a great twist. This might not be the most inventive plot but it was still super enjoyable and had one or two twists I didn't see coming. I would definitely be interested in reading the rest in this series!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for providing me a digital ARC. In this third Countess of Harleigh mystery, our cast of characters find themselves at a country home for a shooting party and a moved up wedding. A series of accidents and a suspicious death make Frances and her good friend George begin to question whether these events are intentional and, if so, is someone a specific target. This installment in the series is good example of a cozy mystery. The ongoing ‘accidents’ give a b Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for providing me a digital ARC. In this third Countess of Harleigh mystery, our cast of characters find themselves at a country home for a shooting party and a moved up wedding. A series of accidents and a suspicious death make Frances and her good friend George begin to question whether these events are intentional and, if so, is someone a specific target. This installment in the series is good example of a cozy mystery. The ongoing ‘accidents’ give a building sense of urgency to discovering the culprit, yet at the same time leaving room for character development. The book is easy to read, with a satisfying resolution. I would be interested in reading more in the series as they are published.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Dunnett

    Another enjoyable entry in this lighthearted mystery series. I admit I guessed who the killer was, a rare accomplishment for me, but that didn't dim my pleasure in the story one bit. Another enjoyable entry in this lighthearted mystery series. I admit I guessed who the killer was, a rare accomplishment for me, but that didn't dim my pleasure in the story one bit.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    It's not perfect, but delightful and quick to read after more challenging books. It's a Victorian murder mystery plus romance in the English countryside. I'll look forward to each new Lady Harleigh mystery. It's not perfect, but delightful and quick to read after more challenging books. It's a Victorian murder mystery plus romance in the English countryside. I'll look forward to each new Lady Harleigh mystery.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Siegel

    Lady Harleigh helps her sister get married in the countryside, but a mystery forms when people on the grounds start getting injured. Another amazing and amusing mystery in the series. I cannot wait for the next one!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    A Lady’s Guide To Mischief And Murder is the third book in the Lady Harleigh Mystery series. I love historical mysteries and this one of my favorites. The characters are well-developed and believable, I particularly enjoy Frances(Lady Harleigh) Wynn and George Hazelton. They work particularly well together in their sleuthing. Frances, at times, seems to be a little over daring, but, George can manage this without being overbearing or causing heated arguments between them. Frances is busy getting e A Lady’s Guide To Mischief And Murder is the third book in the Lady Harleigh Mystery series. I love historical mysteries and this one of my favorites. The characters are well-developed and believable, I particularly enjoy Frances(Lady Harleigh) Wynn and George Hazelton. They work particularly well together in their sleuthing. Frances, at times, seems to be a little over daring, but, George can manage this without being overbearing or causing heated arguments between them. Frances is busy getting everything ready for her sister Lily’s wedding. Frances thinks that Lily’s betrothed, Leo is a good match and Lily seems to truly love Leo. Frances fears that her mother will not approve of the marriage, as she would like to Lily get a title. Frances also fears what her mother will think when Frances tells her she and George recently became engaged. Frances can’t concern herself with that just now, as she has just learned that Lily is with child. They want to move the wedding up to save the families from certain embarrassment. George comes to the rescue by offering his brother’s home in the beautiful countryside. As the wedding party is approaching the estate they see a group of men tending to an injured horseman who is identified as a manager from the Hazelton estate. The constable at the site says he fell from his horse, but the rider claims he was knocked off his horse. The next day one of the estate’s footman is found dead in his room. Frances and George, not known to shy away from a mystery, decide to look into these occurrences to learn if there was anything to the events. But things will soon get serious when everyone has gathered in an impromptu archery range for an afternoon of archery competition. The competition will end when Leo is hit in his backside by an errant arrow. Or was it an errant arrow or was someone trying to murder the prospective groom? Frances and George will set off to answer these questions. The author does a wonderful job of setting the period and the description of the estate and surrounding area. There were plenty of twists and turns and red herrings that kept me guessing until the end. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.

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