A lady's guide to etiquette and murder / Dianne Freeman.

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      First Kensington hardcover edition.
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      Summary: Wealthy young widow Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, moves from the English countryside to Victorian London, where accusations that implicate her in her late husband's death cause her to begin her own investigation.
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      "A Countess of Harleigh mystery"--Dustjacket.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1

Frances Wynn, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, has several problems. With the mourning period over—not that she really mourned the British noble who married her for her American money—she is moving to London from the Surrey estate that now belongs to her brother-in-law. Before she can settle in, her solicitor tells her that her accounts are frozen by a suit filed by that same brother-in-law. Then Inspector Delaney calls to tell her an anonymous letter suggests that her husband's death might not have been an accident. Her sister, Lily, is due to arrive, accompanied by their Aunt Hetty, for her London season. To top it off, Frances' neighbor George Hazelton is one of two other people who know the full story of the late count's death, and the gossip in the social set is about the thefts occurring after the various balls and dinners. When Frances, George, Aunt Hetty, and the inspector put the pieces together, they find them pointing to one of Lily's three suitors. But which one? Set in late-Victorian London, this debut novel is engaging to the end as Frances and friends struggle to get behind the social facades to the truth. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 July #1

After a year of mourning philandering husband Reggie, Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, rents a house in London, sponsors her sister, Lily, who's coming from New York for her first social season, and is accused of murdering her late spouse in an anonymous letter sent to the Metropolitan police. She also suspects that one of her sister's three suitors may be a thief who has been targeting the parties of the city's elite. Frances teams up with her new neighbor and best friend's brother, George Hazelton, who has his own reasons for catching the culprit. This delightful debut historical mystery introduces an appealing and smart female lead who relishes her new found independence. The supporting cast of equally captivating characters further complement this atmospheric historical, set in the ballrooms and breakfast rooms of Victorian London. VERDICT Fans of Georgette Heyer will appreciate the hints of romance, while aficionados of Deanna Raybourn or D.M. Quincy will delight in the banter-filled dialog and period details.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 May #3

In April 1899, American-born Frances Wynn, Countess of Harleigh, the narrator of Freeman's dazzling debut and series launch, completes her yearlong mourning for her late husband, Reggie, a man she freely admits she didn't marry for love. Frances leaves the family estate in the English countryside, now controlled by her in-laws, Graham and Delia Wynn (who aren't happy at her departure, since they depend on her money to support the crumbling manor), for London, where she has bought a house. There her younger sister, Lily Price, and their Aunt Hetty join her for Lily's first social season. When Inspector Delaney approaches Frances with questions regarding Reggie's demise, it opens a Pandora's Box leading to more questions, suspicions, and dead bodies—not to mention a potential suitor for Lily and a string of thefts. Fortunately, Frances has her best friend, Lady Fiona Nash, and neighbor George Hazelton to help her discover the truth. Fans of witty, lighthearted Victorian mysteries will be enthralled. Agent: Melissa Edwards, Stonesong Literary Agency. (July)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.