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A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

 (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery) 

 by Dianne Freeman

About A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

 Historical Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series  
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2020) 
Hardcover: 288 pages
  ISBN-10: 1496716930  
ISBN-13: 978-1496716934 
Digital ASIN: B07ZPL4VT2 
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 fiancĂ©, 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. . . .
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Welcome to historical London where we get to follow Frances in another investigation. Her sister Lily is set to be married in a few weeks but a change of circumstances requires the event to be moved forward. At a loss for what to do about a new venue Francis is surprises when her secret fiance offers his family country home. Ecstatic about the solution the group goes about getting the immediate family there in time. Once they arrive a series of "accidents" start happening. At first they seem unrelated but over time it becomes obvious something is happening. This leads to an intriguing investigation by Frances as she goes about questioning staff and guests alike. Comes to a surprising conclusion as well. A well written historical cozy that takes you back in time for a visit while keeping you entertained. Makes for a great vacation from modern time. A pleasant read for fans of historical cozies. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.qq

About Dianne Freeman

Dianne Freeman is the acclaimed author of the Countess of Harleigh Mystery series. She is an Agatha Award and Lefty Award finalist, as well as a nominee for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award from Mystery Writers of America. She spent thirty years working in corporate accounting and finance and now writes full-time. Born and raised in Michigan, she and her husband now split their time between Michigan and Arizona. Visit her at

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