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The Resource A lady's guide to etiquette and murder, Dianne Freeman

A lady's guide to etiquette and murder, Dianne Freeman

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A lady's guide to etiquette and murder
Title
A lady's guide to etiquette and murder
Statement of responsibility
Dianne Freeman
Title variation
ladys guide to etiquette and murder
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Language
eng
Summary
Wealthy young widow Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, spent the obligatory year in mourning for her philandering husband. With her young daughter in tow, Frances moves from the English countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws to Victorian London, and welcomes her sister, Lily, arriving from New York for her first London social season. When mysterious burglaries start plaguing London's elite, an anonymous tip to the police implicates Frances in her late husband's death. Frances rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and her dashing new neighbor George Hazelton to uncover the truth
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Award
Agatha Award for Best First Novel, 2018.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ In April 1899, American-born Frances Wynn, Countess of Harleigh, the narrator of Freeman’s dazzling debut and series launch, completes her yearlong mourning for her late husband, Reggie, a man she freely admits she didn’t marry for love. Frances leaves the family estate in the English countryside, now controlled by her in-laws, Graham and Delia Wynn (who aren’t happy at her departure, since they depend on her money to support the crumbling manor), for London, where she has bought a house. There her younger sister, Lily Price, and their Aunt Hetty join her for Lily’s first social season. When Inspector Delaney approaches Frances with questions regarding Reggie’s demise, it opens a Pandora’s Box leading to more questions, suspicions, and dead bodies—not to mention a potential suitor for Lily and a string of thefts. Fortunately, Frances has her best friend, Lady Fiona Nash, and neighbor George Hazelton to help her discover the truth. Fans of witty, lighthearted Victorian mysteries will be enthralled. Agent: Melissa Edwards, Stonesong Literary Agency. (July)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/21/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 21, p)
  • A Victorian lady's sense of self-worth is much improved when she takes control of her life. Frances Price, Countess of Harleigh, is making a bold attempt to gain some independence. Frances, the daughter of a wealthy American family, did not marry for love, but her husband, Reggie, loved and freely spent her money while she cared for their daughter, Rose. A year ago, Alicia Stoke-Whitney came to Frances' room to announce that Reggie had died in her bed. To avoid scandal, Frances asked George Hazelton, her best friend Fiona's brother, to help move his body. Since then, despite opposition from Reggie's brother, Graham, and his wife, Delia, who badly need Frances' money, she's rented a house in London. Frances is startled to discover that her neighbor is George Hazelton and further shaken by a visit from Inspector Delaney of the Metropolitan Police, who's investigating a rumor that her husband did not die of a heart attack. Her next surprise is the arrival of her sister Lily with her Aunt Hetty, who's taking the place of her mother—a welcome relief—while Frances launches Lily in society. She also gets a check for a hefty sum she badly needs because Graham has gone to court to get her money and her account has been frozen until the case is decided. Frances' social circle is already buzzing over a series of robberies at fashionable parties and balls. When someone dumps a valuable bracelet in her reticule at the Stoke-Whitney ball, she enlists the help of Hazelton, who has reasons of his own to find the thief. As she worries about the investigation of Reggie's death and vets her sister's suitors, all of whom had opportunities to steal the valuables, she learns more and more about Hazelton while fighting her strong feelings of attraction toward him. A murder in her garden just adds to her problems, and now she must find the strength to overcome them. Despite its heroine's many problems, this lighthearted debut tale of mystery, love, and a delightful sleuth will leave you wanting more—which is presumably just what Freeman has in mind. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10664724
Cataloging source
FMG
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Freeman, Dianne
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3606.R445425
LC item number
L33 2018b
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
A Countess of Harleigh mystery
Series volume
1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Widows
  • Americans
  • Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Sisters
  • Murder
  • London (England)
  • Nobility
  • Husbands
Target audience
adult
Label
A lady's guide to etiquette and murder, Dianne Freeman
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Kensington hardcover edition.
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9781496716873
Lccn
2018932832
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1040596141
  • (OCoLC)1040596141
Label
A lady's guide to etiquette and murder, Dianne Freeman
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Kensington hardcover edition.
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9781496716873
Lccn
2018932832
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1040596141
  • (OCoLC)1040596141

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