Chick lit, Historical fiction, Mystery

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder By Dianne Freeman

A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #2)

I have been sitting on this review for more than a week, mostly because I thought I had already written it! I saw it in my drafts and realised the mistake.

I have read and reviewed the previous work earlier on the blog. I really enjoyed it.

This is the third in a series and although I read, understood and liked the second without having read the first, I would not recommend that here. One definitely needs the knowledge and overview of the chaos in the second book to have a semblance of understanding about the goings-on in this one.
We begin with an urgent need to plan a quick wedding. This is achieved by putting together a hurried hunting party together. My most favourite character has to be the leading lady’s brother and his hopes for partaking in English aristocracy’s pastimes. He was hilarious with the most minimal verbal input, which has to be some sort of record.
Frances is looking forward to the intimate wedding and the time to spend in a newly formed relationship. There is a big problem though, one that I saw coming even before they suspected, given the odd occurrences that start to happen around them. There is painstaking detective work done, with every avenue being investigated and alibis verified. The ending seemed unexpected but overall quite satisfying. The personal ups and downs were not as much in focus as in the last book, but some interactions did have their high points. I am not sure if the period is represented faithfully, but it is lighter fare, and I do not really expect it to be entirely historically accurate ( I would not really know even if it’s not). I liked the series and would pick up another given a chance, but I do not know if there is anywhere else to take the series from here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this and the previous book.

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