• A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder

  • Countess of Harleigh Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Dianne Freeman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,093 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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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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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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Just my kind of story

I love historical fiction, especially when it involves a mystery to be solved. I found this particular book purely by chance, whilst searching for books on etiquette. I enjoyed it immensely. The characters are well thought out and the narrator performs each of them superbly. The story itself moves forward in an expectant way; however, there are a few plot twists that kept me guessing all the way to the end. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series, which I believe is due out in June 2019.

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Great Narration, lots of fun

Fun easy listen for people who like period pieces/ easy mystery. Not too dark or explicit. Recommend for cozy evening listening.

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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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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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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.

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Horrible narrator???

The narrator was so difficult to listen to??Very distracting??
Ending every sentence like a question??
It sounded as if everything was a question??
See how hard this is to read??
Try listening to that from beginning to end. This audio book would be alright if the reading wasn’t such a mess!! The author had some good characters who could be more completely developed as the series goes on. But the narration was so bad, I couldn’t give her performance but ONE star. And that was pushing it for me! Her reading, everything as if it were a question, was awfull!! The story and characters would have been okay to read but not to listen to with this person. No distinction between voices made it confusing!! I might give this author another chance, but NOT this reader — and that’s really all she did, read all of it as one big question!!! I’ll give a wide berth to anything this woman “reads”!!????

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