A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman

A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder sees the return of Frances Wynn, Countess of Harleigh, in her second exciting adventure set against the background of aristocratic society in Victorian London. Frances is shocked to learn that her friend Mary Archer has been murdered, and her cousin Charles is a suspect. Determined to prove him innocent, Frances soon learns there are any number of suspects, as it seems Mary had a collection of gossip that some would rather not to come to light.

I have been waiting since the end of A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder for this book to come out. And I was not disappointed. Loved it from the opening page. It was cleverly written with an inventive plot. There is just enough misdirection to keep you guessing up until the end…almost. Add even though romance is a significant part of the plot, the mystery never takes a backseat. 

All of the characters are appealing. But I love Frances…and that the character has been written as a woman set on a path of independence in a society where women were often treated as less than. I also want to see more of Lottie…who is intelligent and shrewd without knowing it…but disastrously and charmingly clumsy. 

Once again I am looking forward to the next in this series.

My thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advance reader copy made available for my review.

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