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Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark (Lady Anne #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
A fascinating and exasperating young lady…

The Marquess of Darkefell has enough to worry about with a bloodthirsty wild beast rampaging the countryside and sinister family secrets to protect. Then Lady Anne Addison arrives, with unquenchable curiosity and intelligence that drive him to distraction…

An infuriatingly unyielding man…

Lady Anne finds the marquess darkly handsome,
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Apr 05, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
Back and forth, back and forth I go on what to say and how to rate "Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark". It's the start of a new historical romantic mystery series by Donna Lea Simpson, a writer whose works I enjoy. But I need to say up front that this is heavier on the mystery than on the romance--and that it's set in the Georgian period of English history. So when I rate this one, I'm rating it as a mystery vice romance. Having said all that...I enjoyed this book. It kept me turning the pages ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
**That cover is hilarious! Go ahead, fall in love with some guy's naked breast. Bwaha!

-Anne. She's such a great heroine. She's no-nonsense and smart. Her interactions with Darkefell are always hilarious.
-Irusan. This cat is the KING.

-Darkefell (Anthony? DUNNO). Okay, I have a love-hate relationship with his character. He's kind of the "alpha male" romance authors loooooove to write about, but that would put him in the asshole category. (view spoiler)
Marta hoelscher
Apr 23, 2009 Marta hoelscher rated it it was amazing
What a great combination romance and mystery! The Marquess of Darkefell has no idea what he's in for when the spunky Lady Anne shows up on his doorstep one dark rainy eve, covered with blood and demanding answers. Summoned by her friend, Lady Anne refuses to back down to the Marquess, even when he tries using his kisses to distract her. The dialogue is witty and you won't know whether to cheer Anne on or shake your head as she plunges into one thing after another. I found myself chuckling as she ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Lady Anne is not the typical "lady" of the late 1700's. She tried to be the hair-brained, I-need-a-husband lass, but when her fiance dies, it is a blessing for her. Having been left a considerable amount of money by her paternal grandmother, she decides she would rather be single and not have to hide her intelligence and quick wit. Not being a beauty, she doesn't have to worry about fending off any would-be suitors.

When Lydia, a dear friend and her deceased fiance's sister, writes her and begs h
Sep 13, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing
"Lady Anne" was my introduction to Donna Lea Simpson and I was not disappointed. I admit that I was attracted to the book initially due to the cover, which has just enough historical mood, darkness and a bare man's chest to spur my desire. Reading the plot sealed the deal for me.

How to describe "Lady Anne"? It's gothic, in the same vein as Daphne DuMaurier and Victoria Holt. It's historical in the same vein as Philippa Gregory. It's a romance for the thinking and discriminating reader. It has a
Mar 30, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-crossing
Lady Anne Addison arrives late one night to the Darkefell estate, on a mission to see her recently married friend who has sent her frantic letters demanding she come. But when Anne arrives, she discovers that no one available to escort her to the manor, and she must travel up the road in the dark, by herself. On her way she hears a blood-curdling howl, and then screaming, followed by groans of pain. She follows the sound, intending to help the woman whose scream she heard, and instead finds her ...more
Mar 07, 2009 Debbie rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book but I found I just could not get into it.

Lord Darkefell (this name was just a little too obvious for my tastes) and actually most of his household was so rude I found it surprising that Lady Anne would stay other than feeling an obligation to track down the murderer. Other than his kindness towards his secretary I do not see why Lady Anne starts to fall for Lord Darkefell. The other irritating part was the fact that there are constant references to Lady Anne wan
Oct 01, 2009 Liz rated it really liked it
Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark

I really enjoyed this Georgian mystery. Lady Anne is a woman who’d rather languish in spinsterhood than go on another degrading husband hunt. She was engaged at one time, but her fiancée died while fighting with the redcoats in America during the Revolution.

(Anecdote: While in Scotland last year I saw the “Redcoat Café” in Edinburgh. My initial response was to hiss, then I remembered where I was and that the Redcoats weren’t the enemy there. Ish. During the Jaco
Sep 05, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it
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Lady Anne goes to help her friend who believes that there are werewolves near the estate where she now lives with her new husband. While there, Anne meets the Marquess of Darkefell, who seems to have secrets of his own, as well as finding herself in the midst of a mystery. And could there really be a werewolf hunting in the countryside?


I loved Lady Anne Addison's character. She was a strong woman who wasn't afraid to be herself. I also really enjoyed the hi
Apr 07, 2009 Cheryl rated it liked it
Lady Lydia Bestwick has sent a very disturbing letter to Lady Anne Addison. Lady Bestwick requires Lady Addison's help. Anne immediately heads for Yorkshire, particularly Darkefell Manor. When Anne arrives she gets the most unexpected welcome. She stumbles across a dead mangled body. Anne now understands why Lady Bestwick is so concerned. Anne knows that there has got to be an explanation for the wild beast attacked that Lydia is worried about. Someone who is not happy about Anne's snooping is t ...more
May 04, 2009 Dana rated it liked it
It’s a little hard trying to figure out what genre Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark belongs to. From the cover it looks like paranormal romance but it’s not really either of those things. It’s more of a gothic mystery with a romantic sub plot. It wasn’t what I expected but I did enjoy the mystery plot quite a bit. Lady Anne is an interesting enough character to hold down a series. I’m undecided on the romance so far and it is left unresolved at the end of the book. I liked Lady Anne and the Ho ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Historial mystery with Gothic tones set in Yorkshire, during Georgian times. Lady Anne Addison is a spinster sleuth that sets out so solve a murder mystery with the unwilling help of the handsome and enigmatic Marquess of Darkefell. I liked it overall, but had a little trouble in the beginning. Lady Anne is too curious for her own good and not all that likable at first, but she tends to grow on you. First in a series, but not sure when the next book is due out.
Apr 07, 2009 Laurie rated it it was ok
I wanted a good romance/supernatural story set in historical settings. I got the historical setting anyway. Lady Anne is a well-drawn character, but in my opinion, she's the only one. I wanted her to have more of a romance going with the Marquess, but there is way too much talk about the "mystery" of the murders and the werewolf, not enough romance and flirtation for my taste. Also, there were so many supporting characters and murders that I was hard-pressed to keep them all straight. Disappoint ...more
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Jul 05, 2012 Rachel- Goodbye Borders rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Don't pick this book up thinking it's a romance. It's mainly a mystery with romantic elements. At the time I bought it, I didn't know/realize it was the first book in a series. There might be a lot more romance in book 2. I liked the interplay between the MCs. It's similar to the Zebra gothics I used to read when I was a teenager, but less suspense/action in this one. I might eventually pick up book 2, maybe, maybe not.
Jan Crow
Aug 22, 2009 Jan Crow rated it really liked it
A book written in the old style of a gothic. Laddy Anne Addison has been summoned by her dear friend, Lady Lydia Bestwick. However, upon her arrival she stumbles upon a mystery of a murdered maid, Cecilia; a possible warewolf on the prowl; and something is amiss at the home, Darkefell Castle. Lots of interesting characters make this a fun read. If you enjoyed Victoria Holt, you will enjoy this book. Enjoy...I'm off for the next installment in this mystery series.
Oct 31, 2013 Cary rated it liked it
A clean regency mystery/romance novel is not any easy thing to find. I enjoyed this and probably would have given it 4 stars if it has been a stand alone book but it apparently goes on so... Loved the strong and intelligent heroine but sometimes it seemed that she did things just because the hero told her not to!!
Keira Gillett
Without giving anything else away I will say this: if you like mystery, intrigue, werewolves, and Gothic [romance] you will love this book! Oh and chances are you’re going to jump to conclusions about the mystery and be totally wrong – I was!

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Donna Jo Atwood
May 01, 2009 Donna Jo Atwood rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, mystery, romance
In this Regency romantic mystery Lady Anne is a meddlesome young woman with traces of Nancy Drew and Jessica Fletcher. There are numerous problems with this book (what young woman struggles out of a dress that buttons down the back, then takes off her hat, before calling a maid?), but Lady Anne's steamroller personality is the main one.
Ann Noell
Lady Anne Addison is one noisy Lady and the Marquess of Darkefell does not know how to shut her up so of course he kisses her!

Mystery, romance and even a werewolf, but not a real one. I love a good gothic romance and Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark did not let me down.
Sep 01, 2013 Jessie rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-ebook
I didn't much care for the writing style. It seemed to be trying too hard. Lady Anne was entertaining, but she also seemed to be trying a bit too hard in places. Lord Darkefell was meh. And the book just ended, practically in the middle of a sentence, with no real resolution of the romance arc.
Jan 21, 2016 U.C. rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent series! I first stumbled upon this book, then had to read the rest. I loved it. :)

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Donna Lea Simpson is a nationally bestselling romance and mystery novelist with over twenty titles published in the last ten years. An early love for the novels of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie was a portent of things to come; Donna believes that a dash of mystery adds piquancy to a romantic tale, and a hint of romance adds humanity to a mystery story. Besides writing romance and mystery novels ...more
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