A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder
"[An] outstanding series launch. ... Hamilton expertly balances the page-turning detection with the story of a hypocritical society where women, whether they are scullery maids or orphans, rarely get to make their own decisions."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Scandal and slayings among Regency London's elite
The shocking murder of Sir Henry Claybourne leaves Regency...more
Publication Date: 2/8/19
Number of Pages: 360
** 1.5 stars rounded up **
I love this author’s Vintage Kitchen Mysteries series so I couldn’t wait for this new series to start. The book blurb sounded great – just the new historical mystery series for which I’d been looking. Sadly, it turned into the longest three-hundred-sixty pages I’ve ever read. At several points, I almost marked it as DNF, but I did slog on through to the end.
Historical mysteries are my ...more
She’s incredibly fiery and brave and determined, and she keeps on fighting abuse and injustice through the many twists and turns of the story, as more and more ghastly stuff is revealed. Not an easy read but definitely a ...more
Emmeline is one of a group of ladies who work together to rescue young girls who are working in homes where the man ...more
Emmeline is part of a secret group of society women who are determined to defend girls as young as 10 who are being removed from orphanages under the guise of being given work as scullery maids. After a successful rescue, the master of the house is found murdered. Thus begins an urgent ever-widening ...more
When Emmeline's POV mentioned (in the opening pages, so this isn't a spoiler) that she thought it helped make her point to catch abusers in the act, but before any real harm had been done, I wanted to throw the damn book against the wall. Intentionally timing a rescue so that a child gets a little bit assaulted but not quite raped is ...more
As a historical, one could tell that it was set in the past, but there was not enough information (for me) to establish it as Regency, or even post Regency.
The Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder had a slow start, not for a lack of interesting things happening. But because I didn't feel like we got to really know the main character very much I wasn't interested or invested in what was happening to her and the things that were concerning her.
This book focuses on men of the upper classes using their power and money to abuse those vulnerable to them. Mostly pedophilic men raping the young women in their employ. This is ...more
The First Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder
Regency England may be remembered for its romances and lovely people living a life of frivolity and indulgence. But, that was the life of members of the ton. In reality, life was harder and much darker, especially for those on the lowest rungs of the service ladder. Miss Emmeline St. Germaine is a woman with a mission, as well as a double, if not triple, life. In public she's a proper, if unmarried woman. ...more
Along side other lovely ladies, Emmeline is doing her part to saveorphaned children and scullery maids who are being abused by men, for their own disgusting pleasures.
Emmeline pays a visit to knight, Sir Henry Claybourne, holding a knife to his neck. Warning him of his own wrong doing with his scullery maid.
Shortly after Emmeline's visit, Sir Henry was murdered.
Leaving Regency London shaken with fear, knowing a murder or ...more
And then I opened the pages. I read the first couple chapter and started skimming. That wasn't fast enough so I ended up skipping a large chunk and trying to read there. Still no, seriously 350 pages never seemed so long, I finally reached the end where she revealed who killed the first man. I'm like finally. Names were thrown around, and I felt no compulsion to ...more
What I liked:
- Emmeline had a strong motivation for investigating the murder. I've DNF'd a few books because the only reason the heroine investigated a crime was nosiness or a vague feeling of "being compelled".
- Large cast of characters from different social classes.
Emmie spends much of the book speaking of how the rules of society bound her and give control over her life to the men in her family. She is passionately concerned about rights for women of all classes. She is part of a group of women, all of whom have ...more
Emmeline is a willful and delightfully feminist protagonist who refreshingly does NOT fall for her male suitor. She wants to carve her own path and challenges the power of men over her, over women in general, and over the working class/servants. Where the world turns a blind eye to rich men preying on poor young women, Emmeline does what she can to expose ...more
I would have enjoyed this novel more if the author had not spent so much time belittling and bashing men through her female character. There was on!y one man in the novel, aside from a servant, who had any redeeming qualities. True, the story is about sick, twisted behavior that deserves to be highlighted and condemned. The men deserve the punishment that they receive; however, the female characters who commit evil are allowed to go free. My main objection is the author's choice to use ...more
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 1 Story 3
Initially the buzz on this audio production was positive, even with a series of rather mixed reviews on the narrator. But, with a new to me narrator I like to judge for myself because often I’ve found that my impressions contrast dramatically with others. And, that quality will hold true for this title in audio, but there are more that potential listeners or readers should consider. I love Hamilton’s Vintage Kitchen series, and the clever ...more
The premise was intriguing, had lots of promise and didn't (for me) deliver. I had hoped to get something that was more suspenseful, more of a mystery. What I got was something not very well put together, preachy and a slog to get through. I really tried - I pushed myself to read ...more