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I can describe this book very shortly, it s like Downton Abbey in a book I m a fan of Downton Abbey and it certainly reminded me of the setting, characters and life style I was watching there Even some details were the same, so I m wondering if the writer took inspiration from there It was a really cute, cozy mystery set in London Our protagonist is the Countess of Harleigh She s an American, who married into British aristocracy bringing her father s money into the family Suddenly one night her husband dies of heart attack while he was with another woman, and our story unfolds from there Lady Harleigh moves to London to her own house, after a year s mourning Her sister comes from America to be introduced in the London season But, weird things start to happen like stolen jewellery, etc our characters try to unlock the mystery behind these all, while we continue to enjoy the cute, easy and enchanting writing of Freeman It s a perfect summer cozy mystery book that I enjoyed a lot The mystery also tied up very well in the end I thought it was very well thought of I m pleasantly surprised with this book Definitely recommended I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 , because I thought Freeman took a bit of time from the beginning to the point she started to put clues and tension into the mystery I wish that time was shorter But, all in all, I enjoyed it and would read from her again Thanks a lot to NetGalley and the publisher for granting a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Dianne Freeman s debut novel, A Lady s Guide to Etiquette and Murder, is a witty romp of a Victorial mystery The heroine, Frances, is a recently widowed and coming out of mourning for her dead rake of husband She is surprisingly perspicacious and her struggles with propriety and her journey to independence is delightful There is an understated chemistry between her and the hero, that is smoldering before bursting into flame The mystery is well plotted and full of twists Freeman does an excellent job of capturing London in the heyday of the late nineteenth century with its culturally ingrained social s. The first in a start to a fantastic mystery series, starring the delightfully acid witted Frances exactly the type of heroine I adore By turns hilarious and swoon worthy and constantly keeping you guessing, I can t wait to read the sequel I loved this book on so many levels I have not been a huge historical mystery reader, but this book has changed my view I fell in love with the Victorian time period, and with Frances who is a woman with a mind of her own Her personality and wit shines throughout There were moments I was laughing out loud and others where the writer had me concerned about the welfare of the characters I had come to love The mystery was so well plotted, I didn t know until the final reveal who was guilty, and was pleased at the outcome This is a must read for any mystery lover and I m anxiously awaiting Frances next adventure. I ve missed Downton Abbey so very much Thankfully, the witty and fast paced A Lady s Guide to Etiquette and Murder has helped fill the aching void When American heiress Frances Wynn becomes a widow in 1899 after the death of her philandering Earl of a husband, she decides to risk British society gossip by living independent of her dead husband s money grubbing family Deception, romance, and scandal ensue, keeping this reader enthralled until the very end This smart, tightly written mystery kicks off what is sure to be a winning series. A Lady s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman was an excellent start to what I hope will be a long running historical cozy mystery series.Ms Freeman introduces us to the recently widowed Countess of Harleigh, Frances Wynn She is a surprisingly strong young woman for Victorian times who has come into her own now that she is a widow and intends to enjoy her life with her daughter The descriptive writing of London and the characters made me feel like I was there with Frances as she introduces her sister, Lily, into London society during her first season She also begins her amateur sleuthing as there has been a rash of thefts at homes nearby, a man is found killed in her back garden, and there is an attempt on her life right on the streets of London Suspense, subtle humor, only a few suspects, twists that had me confused and a startling reveal kept me turning the pages I am already looking forward to the next one in the series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley All of the above opinions are my own. In This Exciting Historical Mystery Debut Set In Victorian England, A Wealthy Young Widow Encounters The Pleasures And Scandalous Pitfalls Of A London Social SeasonFrances Wynn, The American Born Countess Of Harleigh, Enjoys 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 York For Her First London SeasonNo 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 Husband S Death Frances Assures Inspector Delaney Of Her Innocence, But She S Also Keen To Keep Him From Learning The Scandalous Circumstances Of Reggie S Demise As Fate Would Have It, Her Dashing New Neighbor, George Hazelton, Is One Of Only Two Other People Aware Of The Full StoryWhile Busy With Social Engagements On Lily S Behalf, And Worrying If Reggie Really Was Murdered, Frances Learns Of Mysterious Burglaries Plaguing London 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 Sister S Suitors And Frances Must Unmask The Villain Before Lily S Season And Their Lives Come To A Most Unseemly End This book is the mysterious historical romp of your dreams Frances is just starting to come into her own as an independent woman, so her push pull of propriety v independence is a joy to behold The mystery is well plotted and paced and the descriptions of Victorian fashion in this novel are to die for Pun intended This is the start of an incredible series I read a pre published copy If you like the Victorian era, laughing, and headstrong heroines, this book is for you It s a tightly plotted romp of a mystery that will keep you guessing to the end Can t wait for a second book from Dianne Freeman. I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.After enduring a year long mourning period with her gold digging in laws, Frances Wynn is eager to make her way to London with her seven year old daughter and settle down Within a week she faces an accusatory inspector, the unexpected arrival of her sister s first Season, and the news of a series of home break ins To top it off, she finds out her new neighbor is the handsome George Hazelton, someone with whom she shares a complicated, dark secret.As a new fan to historical mysteries, especially novels set in Victorian England, I was thrilled to be approved by Kensington and NetGalley to read this intriguing new novel The cover is super cute, and the concept was innovative and fun I m happy to say the result was an exciting read, with compelling characters, and a surprise at every turn I love that the author didn t make the romance the focal point of the story, and am excited to read book two to see where she takes us A Lady s Guide to Etiquette and Murder is a hilarious and absorbing cozy mystery, and I d highly recommend it to fans of anything from engrossing historical mysteries to light, sweet romances A great read 5 5