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A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

(Countess of Harleigh Mystery #3)

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A 2020 Agatha Award Nominee

London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can host—or hide—any number of secrets. Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lily’s imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazleton’s family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved G
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Kensington Books
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Phrynne
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
I had no idea this was the third book in a series when I downloaded it onto my kindle. A few chapters in I started to get suspicious because it seemed these characters all knew each other really well which suggested they had met before!

Anyway it did not spoil the book for me as the author gave just enough information from the past to keep events understandable. I always love a good historical mystery and this was a good one. I enjoyed the country house setting and the romance between Frances and
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JEN A
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it

I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 28 July 2020

This was an okay historical cozy mystery. The characters were quite interesting but the storyline took a long time to develop. The ending was a bit on the typical side and the middle dragged a bit. I think I would’ve found the story more interesting if I had begun with the first book in the series. Overall it just didn’t have that wow factor for
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JEN A
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an okay historical cozy mystery. The characters were quite interesting but the storyline took a long time to develop. The ending was a bit on the typical side and the middle dragged a bit. I think I would’ve found the story more interesting if I had begun with the first book in the series. Overall it just didn’t have that wow factor for me.
ℳacarena
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This has been a nice surprise.
I must confess I haven't read the previous books in the series, but I couldn't resist myself from requesting it... you see, the title says it all.
Now I want to read A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder and A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder.

I totally recommend it, even if you haven't read the previous books. If you like cosy mysteries and historical sets, this might be you're next read.

The characters are nicely depicted. One can easily imagine them. I really like
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Sarah
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can host—or hide—any number of secrets. Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lily’s imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazleton’s family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests have gathered to enjoy the usual country pursuits—shooting, horse riding, and romantic interludes in secluded gardens.

But the b
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Jypsy
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you HFVBT for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Lady's Guide To Mischief And Murder
By: Dianne Freeman

REVIEW ☆☆☆☆
This series is new to me, and I found A Lady's Guide To Mischief And Murder a fun and charming historical mystery. I read it fairly quickly, and my intrest was held all the way. Frances is a sassy smart woman, and I just adore her character. Although not really original, the premise is fun to read and explore. It's the
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Amy
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, third time was not the charm. I love the cover. I love the title. And...that's about it.
I was mostly bored stiff.
The writing flows well enough but I don't care about any of it--the characters, the romance, the mystery. Frances shows a hint more backbone than in book 2 but my eyes still glazed over.
I think I'm done with this series, even if the author writes more books. Despite great marketing, the actual stories just aren't enough to hold my interest.
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Barbara Rogers
Series: Countess of Harleigh Mystery #3
Publication Date: 7/28/20
Number of Pages: 304

This new-to-me author was a delightful find. The story was very well written, the historical sights, sounds, language, etc. were period correct, the plot moved along at the perfect pace – and best of all there was romance. My favorite genre is historical mysteries, but I have to have a romance in those – and this one had TWO!

This is the third book in the series, but I have not read the first two books and don’t f
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Lorraine
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who wish to finish this trilogy.
Dianne Freeman’s A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder (Countess of Harleigh Mystery #3) is more instructions for Regency women and American women who wish to do more that find a husband! The Countess of Harleigh, an American widow of a British aristocrat, is preparing for the marriage of her younger sister when said sister tells the Countess that she ‘needs’ to get married now not in a few months. At first the Countess does not understand why her younger sister cannot wait this short period of ...more
Lu
A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder is such a catchy title! I don't usually read mystery, but I could not stop myself from requesting this one on NetGalley.

The book is part of the Countess of Harleigh Mystery Series but can be read as a standalone.

My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the advanced reader's copy.

Lady Harleigh, neé Frances Price, is a wealthy widow raising an eight years old daughter. She is secretly engaged to the lovely George Hazelton and about to marry her young
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Judy Lesley
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: british, cozy, historical
I have not read the previous two novels in this series but can say I didn't have any problems at all in finding myself comfortably reading along and understanding the relationships between all the characters. Francis, Countess of Harleigh, is a young widow ( approximately 28 years old), the mother of an eight year old daughter and an American. Married for her dowry, Francis was not attached to her husband but she was able to bring an entrance into the British aristocracy which was much sought by ...more
Yvette
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this third Countess of Harleigh Mystery, the action moves to the country when the wedding plans for Frances Wynn’s sister Lily must be altered to avoid scandal. As accident follows accident and a death occurs at George Hazelton’s family home, the social and romantic entanglements both upstairs and downstairs amuse the reader while furthering the plot – aided in no small part by the arrival of Frances and Lily’s title-hungry mother.

It was as much of a delight to watch the bits of the puzzle th
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Mary
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from the author on a Goodreads giveaway.

This series has become one of my favorites. I enjoy the settings and the lighthearted banter among the family members.

Frances, Lady Harleigh, is preparing for her younger sister's wedding, which had to be moved to an earlier date. Her friend (and secret fiance) George Hazelton has invited her and the families of the engaged couple to use his family estate as the venue. Soon, "accidents" begin to happen, including a death, and
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Anne Boleyn's Ghost
I'm still enjoying Dianne Freeman's Countess of Harleigh Mystery series. Much cozy, much fun, and while it doesn't take itself too seriously, it still provides absorbing and clever entertainment.

A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder whisks us to a country estate for the wedding of Frances' sister. Murder and mayhem abound...eventually. The story was slow to start, but once it got going, I made quick work of it. Freeman likes her red herrings, and it took me some time to settle on the "who", mu
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Patricia Romero
This is one of my favorite Historical Fiction Cozy Mystery series! Frances Wynn, an American whose overbearing mother pushed her into a miserable marriage for a title in the British aristocracy, has been a widow for a while now. Living in London with her daughter and now her sister Lily who has fallen head over heels in love with Leo. 

George and Frances are keeping their engagement secret until after Lily is wed. Unfortunately, Leo and Lily jumped the gun and are now in a position of having to m
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Jenna
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is an example of a sophomore series slump.(ie. the 3rd or 4th book/middle book in a series) while it was still pleasant, it wasn't as enjoyable as the previous 2 books.
but the mystery was really good. lots of suspects/clues. some surprises/red herrings.
charming characters.
i had my theories and when all is revealed, i said, "well that shot that theory down."
glad Theo & Lily will get their HEA.
I hope that Frances & George will get one as well. (perhaps, the next book???)
i also enjoy that G
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Hannah
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 Stars - Okay book

This hasn’t been my favorite series, but this is my favorite book. However, I still didn’t love or really even like this one.

My main complaint with this book is that it was overly absurd teetering on unbelievable. Also, a lot of nothing happened in the first third of the book and most of the action is packed in the last third or even fourth. It felt unbalanced.

I thought Frances’ demand (view spoiler). In what world d
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QNPoohBear
3.5 stars
Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for the digital advanced copy. My review reflects my own opinion and is not affected by the giveaway.

October 1899, Lily and Leo's wedding is planned for the winter, in just eight weeks. There's much to do before Mrs. Price arrives to criticize everything. Lily still seems unhappy about something and Frances is determined to make sure her sister's impending marriage is not a disaster. Far from it, Lily has happy news, however, the news would cause
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Sarah Perchikoff
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
What happens when you get pregnant before your wedding in Victorian England?? You move up the date of the wedding! DUH. That’s the case that Frances’s sister, Lily, finds herself in at the beginning of the book. The problem is: where are they going to hold the wedding?

Luckily, Frances’s dude, George is lovely and offers his brother’s home for the wedding (his brother isn’t home, thank goodness). So off they go to Risings. The group includes Frances, Lily, her future husband, Leo, his sisters, hi
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A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder
By Dianne Freeman

Feeeman writes this third installment of the Countess of Harleigh Mystery series and is a historical mystery set in Victorian England- as always I had a fun time reading this series for its well written and well-researched story line, plot and a twisty mystery that is enjoyable and entertaining to read. I feel that readers new to the series would enjoy this read better if you start with the first book to follow and learn more about the charac
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Katie P.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have done a lot of exploring new series in the recent past and I am excited to say that this is my first adventure into the world of Frances Wynn and the Countess of Harleigh mystery series! I love a good cozy mystery with a historical backdrop. Since this is the third book in the series, there had been significant character development in earlier books, but I didn't find that I felt lost. I felt that the author provided enough information for me to
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Anne Secher
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

4.5 stars.

I had so much fun reading this mystery!

Victorian England, a strong female MC, a murderer stalking you from the past and harming others on their intent to murder you, many "accidents" along the way, hints left for the reader here and there, love and chaos, thirst for vengeance and power. The perfect read for a cozy day at home.

This book took me back to my childhood, when Spanish TV broa
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Patty
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Lady’s Guide series and while they are all stand alone, as with all series type books I think you are better for having read what came before and I will admit to being a little lost at times with not knowing past events. But that being written, I did enjoy the characters and the plot. This isn’t a deep book, but it is entertaining – murder notwithstanding.

Frances, Countess of Harleigh finds herself with a family dilemma – her sister needs to have her wedding sooner
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Janet
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can host—or hide—any number of secrets. Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lily’s imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazleton’s family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests have gathered to enjoy the usual country pursuits but the bucolic setting harbours a menace, and it’s not simply the arrival of ...more
JoAn
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman was another engaging and entertaining book in this historical cozy series.

Frances Wynn and George Hazelton are such a perfect couple as they work together again to find answers regarding mysterious accidents that seem to be happening repeatedly. The plot is filled with excellent twists, turns, deceptive red herrings but only a few viable suspects. It was almost a delight to meet Frances and Lily's mother, Daisy. She seems to be more concern
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Abbie
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
A great little who done it story! This may be the third in the series but it definitely works as a stand alone!

Frances is staying at a manor in the country as her sister is due to be married there. However, when one too many accidents start to take place among the guests, Frances starts to believe they may not be accidents at all. Someone definitely has some murderous intentions but can Frances discover who and why before it's too late?

Frances is extremely likeable and witty throughout which mad
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Megan
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for providing me a digital ARC.

In this third Countess of Harleigh mystery, our cast of characters find themselves at a country home for a shooting party and a moved up wedding. A series of accidents and a suspicious death make Frances and her good friend George begin to question whether these events are intentional and, if so, is someone a specific target.

This installment in the series is good example of a cozy mystery. The ongoing ‘accidents’ give a b
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Kaitlyn Dunnett
Another enjoyable entry in this lighthearted mystery series. I admit I guessed who the killer was, a rare accomplishment for me, but that didn't dim my pleasure in the story one bit. ...more
Deb in UT
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
It's not perfect, but delightful and quick to read after more challenging books. It's a Victorian murder mystery plus romance in the English countryside. I'll look forward to each new Lady Harleigh mystery. ...more
Deanna Siegel
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lady Harleigh helps her sister get married in the countryside, but a mystery forms when people on the grounds start getting injured. Another amazing and amusing mystery in the series. I cannot wait for the next one!
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