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A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
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.
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But the bucolic setting harbors a menace, and it's not simply the arrival of Frances' 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 fiance, Leo. Frances' 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.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07ZPL4VT2
- Publisher : Kensington Books (28 July 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 6577 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 166,524 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With preparations for sister Lily’s wedding, Frances has enough to deal with. But neither she nor her secret fiancé George can resist tangling with a killer who is determined to ruin everything.
Freeman’s light touch and witty dialogue is just the thing for a stormy autumn weekend.
Lady Frances Harleigh really comes into her own in this one and she and George Hazelton face down not just a murderer but her dragon of a mother all while working to get her sister Lily married to true love Leo. There's a lot to like in this series, but I think what I like best is that Frances never does anything really stupid that causes me to roll my eyes and say, "Lady, you could get killed doing that!" She always acts within the confines of what a confident, mature widow of her time might do.
I can't say any more about the plot without giving too much away. Suffice it to say, there's a lot of action--beginning on page 2; lots of subplots which are very well handled, and lots of twists and turns. Very clever and well-thought out as well as well-written.
PLEASE don't let this be the last Harleigh-Hazelton mystery!
P.S. Hope the Audible edition is available soon.