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Though American by birth, Frances Wynn, the now-widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy. On August 12th, each year, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth, most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for grouse-shooting season. Frances has little interest in hunting - or birds or a second husband - and is expecting to spend a quiet few months in London with her almost-engaged sister, Lily, until the throng returns.

Instead, she's immersed in a shocking mystery when a friend, Mary Archer, is found murdered. Frances had hoped Mary might make a suitable bride for her cousin, Charles, but their courtship recently fizzled out. Unfortunately, this puts Charles in the spotlight-along with dozens of others. It seems Mary had countless notes hidden in her home, detailing the private indiscretions of society's elite. Frances can hardly believe that the genteel and genial Mary was a blackmailer, yet why else would she horde such juicy tidbits?

Aided by her gallant friend and neighbor, George Hazelton, Frances begins assisting the police in this highly sensitive case. Too many suspects may be worse than none at all - but even more worrying is that the number of victims is increasing too. And unless Frances takes care, she'll soon find herself among them....

©2019 Dianne Freeman (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Fun Read!

This series is truly a fun read! The narrator (Sarah Zimmerman) is a definite plus. Her voicing of Francis and her entourage is very entertaining. I look forward to the next book and hope Sarah will continue to narrate.

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Narration is pretty gruesome

Narration has a "I'm telling on you" tone. As this tone carries through all the characters, it's pretty difficult to stay involved in the story, which otherwise would be a fairly good one.

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Enjoying these

Overall I like this series and will pick up the next one when it’s out. I love that it leaves out the typical angst and misunderstandings of romance. This clean story is part mystery, part budding romance, and the two main protagonists get along well. I’m used to Sarah Zimmerman as a narrator, so I don’t mind her odd cadence and sentence endings that carry any of the following: reluctance and hesitance, an uptick, or a down tick. (She’s seems to have improved since book one.) It’s unusual for sure, but easy to get used to and overlook once I get bonded to the story. She doesn’t distinguish between some voices well, as they have similar cadence quirks and not much tonal distinction. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying these interesting characters and decent mysteries. The story easily allows you to understand who is who anyway. I like all the characters, including the real detective. The involvement of Frances and the storyline can be unrealistic in some spots, but it’s fiction after all, where suspension of reality is acceptable. Pick this one up and enjoy it.

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Every sentence sounded like a question.

The narrator ended each sentence with a lift of her voice making each sound like a question. It took me a chapter to recognize them as declarative sentences. I found it hard to distinguish among the characters. Somewhat excusable as there were a lot of female characters. English accents weren’t good. But I liked the story and will follow the author. I wish she’d get a different narrator.

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