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The Rosalind Thorne mystery series - inspired by the novels of Jane Austen - continues as the audacious Rosalind strives to aid those in need while navigating the halls of high society.

Rosalind Thorne has slowly but assuredly gained a reputation as "a useful woman" - by helping respectable women out of some less-than-respectable predicaments. Her latest endeavor is a tragedy waiting to happen. Desperate Margaretta Seymore is with child - and her husband is receiving poisoned pen letters that imply that her condition is the result of an affair with the notorious actor Fletcher Cavendish. Margaretta asks Rosalind to find out who is behind the scurrilous letters. But before she can make any progress, Cavendish is found dead, stabbed through the heart. Suddenly, Rosalind is plunged into the middle of one of the most sensational murder trials London has ever seen, and her client's husband is the prime suspect. With the help of charming Bow Street runner Adam Harkness, she must drop the curtain on this fatal drama before more lives are ruined.

©2017 Darcie Wilde (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A mystery most wonderful

Everything about this story is excellent. The characters are fully developed and the story completely believable. The murderer is a complete surprise. I love how the author keeps you questioning each fact as they become apparent. The slow involvement of Adam Harkness
and Devin's continued desire to have her in their life is both frustrating and endearing. Where will it all end? I can hardly wait for the next installment.

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Wonerful!

Kept me in suspense the whole time. Love Darcie Wilde's writing. Had to stay up all night to finish. What a ride. Finally, a suspense writer I can get behind. Can not wait until the next one!!!

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Heyer meets Christie--Excellent Regency Mystery

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Very absorbing, well observed mystery with strong sense of time period and society tensions, led by an admirable heroine. Rosalind Thorne is in reduced circumstances but truly makes best of it and is excellent at her job, but not boringly so, the plot is complicated and her peril is real. Like a cross between Georgette Heyer and Agatha Christie. Loved the first book, immediately devoured this one and impatiently waiting for more.

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  • James
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 06-06-17

A nice "Whodunnit"

I am really enjoying this series. The author has so many twists and turns that it was difficult to ascertain the murderer. The writing is good and the characters are well developed. I also enjoyed the historical fiction aspect of the story and learned a few more things about this time period. I will definitely continue on with this series.

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Love this series

I've really grown to love this series and can't wait for the next one. For the most part, the pace is quite nice. The imagery is just right, which is better than Austen sometimes.

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Good story

I don't like how the narrator made Rosalind sound much older than the character is this time around.

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  • sonia
  • Alexandria ,Virginia, United States
  • 07-15-17

Ms. Nichols reading improved

I figure if I complain about something or someone , I should compliment an improving performance.
This story similar in tone but completely different storyline, was equally enjoyable as the first.
The Duke of Castlemain or Adam Harkness a lowly Red Jacket policeman. I truly am torn about all of that. However, this story, in my opinion, had more twist and turns than the first, it was fun.
In true British fashion, it is low key and proper, very interesting.
What a tangle web we weave, when we choose to deceive. It will come back and bite you on your bum every time! I had fun!

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A Fantastic Historical Mystery!

Darcie Wilde does it Again! This sequel to her A Useful Woman is even better than the original: more mysterious, more depth of characters and a more sweeping picture of 1800s British Society! I hope Rosalind Thorne returns for still more!

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  • W. W.C.
  • Martinsburg WV. USA
  • 12-24-17

Very Enjoyable!

A murder mystery set during the regency with a Jane Austen-like study of social issues and conventions that tormented women of those times. No, it’s not Jane Austen, but you will be reminded of her. For whatever it’s worth, I thoroughly enjoyed “A Purely Private Matter” and I sincerely hope there are more Rosalind Thorne mysteries to come.

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Absolutely we'll researched, exquisite and rich .

The intricate story and depth of the characters was such that you can't help a strong empathy, and emotion. It is refreshing to read a story where the characters have strong feelings without having to endure long chapters of detailed physical encounters. Bravo to Mss. Wilde and Nichols! More...please!!