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Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark

(Lady Anne Addison Mysteries #1)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Fans of the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries will love these Georgian historical mysteries.

After receiving a distressing letter from a friend, Lady Anne Addison wastes no time in traveling to Yorkshire to offer whatever help she can. She has no idea what she’ll find there, but she certainly wasn’t expecting to be met by tales of a werewolf terrorizing the area—nor the dead body she disco
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published by Beyond The Page Publishing (first published April 1st 2009)
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Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
I realised that I read this book years ago when it was published under a different author name. Did not care for it then, won’t now.
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Werewolves in the Yorkshire countryside!

Lady Anne Addison's arrival in Yorkshire is surrounded by mishap. The picture of her arrival at the public coaching stop is both daunting and amusing. It does serve to show the mettle of this determined Georgian miss.
Anne has flown to the defense of her friend Lydia after a letter that summons Anne post haste to her marital abode, Darkefell Castle.
Anne's arrival problems compound when she is forced to continue to the Castle on foot.
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Debbie
Mar 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 L
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Andree
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
3.5 stars, rounding up.

I KNOW. Believe me, I KNOW. I read the title.

...but it's entertaining.

And I'm a sucker for a mystery in a manor house.

Especially a mystery in a manor house with a potentially supernatural basis, coupled with a delightfully sensible and rational heroine.

I mean, I enjoy that Anne just dismisses the idea of the werewolf. Also, I enjoy her ridiculous massive cat. And her dynamic with her ladies' maid, and her tiger. T
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Susan
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After receiving a letter from her friend Lydia, Lady Anne Addison rushes to Yorkshire and Darkefell Castle to be with her. But she arrives only to discover a body, and tales of werewolves. Being of an intelligent and curious nature she decides to investigate. But is she being helped or hindered by Lord Darkefell.
Set within the Georgian period, this is more of a mystery than a romance (thankfully), well-written and a story I really enjoyed with its very likeable characters. A very good soli
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Theresa Larson
Lady Anne heads to Yorkshire at the request of her friend Lydia who seems gravely frightened. When Lady Anne arrives in town, she is dismayed to find that no one is there to pick her up. She is appalled, but finds she has no choice but to walk to Darkefell Estate. Upon reaching the estate, she hears a loud howl and then a scream. Lady Anne traces the scream and discovers a newly deceased girl. Lady Anne finds out that the girl is Cecilia Wainright, Lydia’s maid. No one in the household seems con ...more
Karen
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**That cover is hilarious! Go ahead, fall in love with some guy's naked breast. Bwaha!

Liked:
-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.

Iffy:
-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) ...more
Marta hoelscher
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah
Originally published with the same title, but under the name Donna Lea Simpson, Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark is the first historical mystery in a series of three.

Lady Anne has been called to her friend's side in Yorkshire, where a werewolf is reportedly stirring up trouble. Things begin to go wrong from her very first step. She must find her own way to the estate through the foggy, dark night, but stumbles her way into a murder on her way across the lawn. Everyone around her seems
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Pamela
3.75 rounded to 4 stars. Great Gothic feel to this regency mystery.New series, and new author for me. Talk, and sighting of a werewolf, dead girls, and more mayhem, but Lady Anna is having none of it. Her lady friend is a new bride in the very estate all this seems to be going around in.She married the younger son of Darkfel, and seems to be scared to death. This was a very twisted mystery. My only problem was the author should list all the previous problems, deaths, animal mutilation, prior to ...more
Hanna
The greatest appeal of the book, beside its plucky and focused heroine, was in illustrating the turns and twists an investigation was bound to take in an age where the convenience of science and specialized training was not even conceivable. And even if it is fiction, it just makes you think how many innocent people fell victims to abuses of power and prejudice, when all they had to solve crimes were various degrees of sharpness in observation prowess and ability to connect apparent disparate fa ...more
Susan
I do enjoy historical mysteries with strong female characters so this three book series was one I didn't want to miss. Lady Anne Addison is not going to follow the conventional rules society writes for a proper Georgian lady. In this, the first of three books, she travels to Yorkshire and the new home of her friend, Lydia, Darkefell Castle. Lydia needs her help and that's all Lady Anne requires to make the long carriage trip. She expects to be met at the coach house by somebody from the castle. ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
The first book in the Lady Anne Addison Mysteries series and is fabulous!

Fans of the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries will love these Georgian historical mysteries.

After receiving a distressing letter from a friend, Lady Anne Addison wastes no time in traveling to Yorkshire to offer whatever help she can. She has no idea what she’ll find there, but she certainly wasn’t expecting to be met by tales of a werewolf terrorizing the area—nor the dead body she discovers upon arriving. Driven by c
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Bethany Swafford
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Summoned to assist a friend, Lady Anne Addison travels to Yorkshire where she immediately discovers a body. Curious to know more when Lord Darkefell wishes to keep things hidden, this independent-minded lady begins to ask questions. Can she find a murderer without bringing danger on herself?

The mystery in this book is excellent. The clues are scattered throughout the book and the solution is not immediately obvious. Lady Anne was an interesting main character. She is not beautiful, i
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Allyson
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for a review based on my honest opinion.

A true gothic novel, I loved it. When Lady Anne Addison is called to Darkefell estate by her dear friend, Lydia who has not long been married to the younger son of the family, she takes things seriously and arrives in the middle of the night and unwittingly ends up in the middle of a murder mystery, when she falls (quite
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Jen
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Lady Anne Addison is not the typical Georgian lady. She is plain, sharply intelligent, brash, often rude, wealthy--and titled--enough to have more independence than most women of the time. At eighteen, she allowed herself to be pressured into a an engagement, but when her fiance died before the wedding, Anne realized that she had almost made a terrible mistake and happily makes the best of her newly realized autonomy. In the six years since her narrow escape of marriage, Anne is quite
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Jennifer
Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark is a reprint of one of the author's earlier titles, originally published under the name Donna Lea Simpson, an established romance novelist. Although there's a good bit of romance (having seen the cover art of the original paperback, it was doubtless originally marketed as a romance!) in this book, the mystery elements are fairly strong, and the revelation of the villain was a surprise. This might appeal more to romance readers who want a bit of a mystery than t ...more
Jane Shibilski
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing gothic mystery. I loved the portrayal of Lady Anne Addison and her erstwhile suitor, Lord Darkefell. Both are interesting, intelligent people in a setting of the Yorkshire countryside during a time of carriages, castles and immense estates. At times, the plot was slow, but always held the promise of good things to come. This was proved true as the last few chapters were swiftly read as I couldn’t wait to see how the underlying mystery was solved. I eagerly await the next two books in ...more
Gail
Lady Anne is intelligent, curious, humorous, and direct. She is content not to be married, having inherited a comfortable fortune. She had one season where her mothered bullied her into hiding her liveliness and intelligence. She managed a fiancé, who was killed during the war with the American colonies.

She’s on her way to Yorkshire summoned by her foolish friend, newly married, who complains of being neglected and fearful of a purported werewolf. Skeptical, Lady Ann proceeds with du
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Judith Wolfe
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Read

I enjoyed this novel by Victoria Hamilton so much more than the last novel of hers ( A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder). The main character, in this novel, Lady Anne, was a strong female lead, and the plot moved along at a good pace. The two main characters were fully developed; however, the minor characters were not as well-developed. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good murder mystery with a clean love story.
Nancy M Aleksey
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Howl in the Dark

I gave this book five stars, which I rarely do for a first time reading of an author, because I really did enjoy this story. I liked Lady Anne as a character and I liked the interplay between her and the marquess. The setting seemed lovely and dangerous at the same time. The mystery was not easily solved which kept the tension through most of the book and the ending between the two main characters was not what you would anticipate.
Nancy Wolfe
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about this wonderful historical mystery. Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark has romance and suspense. There is a Gothic atmosphere which seems eerie and frightening at times. All of this comes together to set the scene for a great read!The Marquee Darkwell was mysterious and handsome; even swoon worthy! I loved the interaction between him and Lady Anne. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the next installment.
Ali
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well first off, this book was way too long. 2 hours too long. I liked the characters and the story was interesting but unless I missed something they didn't solve 2 of the mysterious deaths?? I bought the 2 other books before I read this one so I will finish the series. The second is starting out very slow but I will keep going. But I was disappointed because of the great reviews I had read.
Lyndal
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Strong Female Character

I have just found another good series. This one is a more complicated “who done it” and I really enjoyed it.
There is a good romance “ to be continued” I am sure but the characters are enjoyable and interesting and Lady Ann is a strong female lead. For those who enjoy this character you will not be disappointed
Brandy
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars!
Fun historical romance with a murder mystery twist! PLUS the added bonus of trying to figure out if there really is a werewolf involved in the murders. I enjoyed this book, but was annoyed by some of the stereotypes found in so many historical romances lately. Also, the ending was a cliffhanger and very abrupt, with no satisfaction whatsoever. I need to read book 2 to find out how book one ends!! Ugh....
Janice K Duff
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic!

Strong and independent heroine and an arrogant hero.. Relationship builds and you get to know each, great attention to detail without overwhelming the story. Can't wait to read the next in this series!
Sheila
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars. An entertaining gothic mystery/romance. Lady Anne is a strong, intelligent character. I’ll probably read the next in the series, as I’d like to see if the romance with Lord Darkefell develops, and what other mysteries the pair investigate.
Marianne
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Very entertaining. I enjoyed this gothic mystery with a bit of romance. I look forward to reading the second book in this series. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for this arc in exchange of an honest review.
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Victoria Hamilton is the bestselling author of several mystery series including the national bestselling Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries. She does, indeed, collect vintage kitchenware and bake muffins. She drinks tea and coffee on writing days, and wine other times. It doesn’t do to confuse days. A solitary being, she can be coaxed out of her writing cave for brownies and cat ...more

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