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Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more 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 season.

No 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 story.

While 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.

©2018 Dianne Freeman (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Exceptional blending

No nagging anachronisms that I spotted. Frances was an intriguing blend of Victorian scruples and American individualism with a large helping of curiosity. George was an excellent mix of Campion and Wimsey, as widely read detective fans may recall. Highly recommended.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great fun new series

Fun new cozy mystery!!! I am looking forward to the next installment!! Can't wait to see what the Countess of Harleigh will get up to next.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This book has everything!

Over the past several years I've listening to a lot of audio books and never written a review because I never found one that I thought review writing would be worth it. But this book has everything! It's so entertaining - with family, humor, possible love entanglement, murders, thefts and mystery. I can't wait till the follow-up book!

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Love it

Educational and smart. Rich characters. Loved the subtle explanation of the time and culture. I want more!!!

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Eager for next in series!

Loved the story, wonderful characters. The narration was fabulous. Can't wait for the next installment.

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Passable story, weak narrator

Language and narrator’s voice are too modern for time period. Narrator’s voice does not have enough range for all the characters involved in story line.

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More like a romance than a mystery...<br />

the reader did a fine job, only a few mispronounced words. the characters were interesting and the story was too. however it was a very simplistic mystery and I had it figured out by chapter 7. definitely not what I would call a whodunit or even a cozy mystery. reminded me more of MC Beaton Regency Romance novels.

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Silly book best enjoyed by teenager girl

I like trying new authors. It is hit or miss, but even established authors have their misses. This author deals with a NY heiress being foisted into a loveless marriage with a poor nobleman in need of her father's money. If one likes the period, there are numerous better written choices.

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  • Amanda
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 08-15-18

Almost perfect...

I loved the story! So enjoyable! But, the narrator... she has a lovely voice and I liked her accents and portrayal of the different characters. The issue I have is that she speaks as though she’s reading a list. She ends her sentences in a higher voice- not as though she is asking a question but like she’s reading a grocery list. She even pauses almost as if she’s pronouncing the comma. I’m not sure how else I can describe it. It is really distracting.

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Distracting narrator.

the narrator ended every sentence in an up tone which became very distracting. It sounded like she was interpreting every sentence as iif it was a question.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful