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An Invitation to Murder

(Lady Katherine Regency Matchmaker #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,059 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Lady Katherine only has one week to catch the Pink Ribbon Killer. Not only to stop the killing but also to prove her skills at detection to her father and win her dowry and independence.

There’s only one catch—she has to take one last matchmaking job to do it. Never mind that the match is impossible, all the better because if she fails, then no one will seek her services a
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Amazon Digital Services
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Lady Katherine took the matchmaking job under sufferance – but knew it would make a good cover story while she caught the Pink Ribbon Killer. Two young women had died during the season; with one last party for debutants to find husbands, Katherine knew it would be the perfect place for the killer to strike again. But not if she could help it…

Katherine’s father had stipulated she was to prove her ability by her birthday or lose her dowry – with only one week to do it in, she knew it would be tigh
Tony Hisgett
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
At first glance Katherine is a really interesting character, she wants to be an amateur sleuth and would like to use her dowry to achieve this ambition rather than finding a suitable husband.
I hoped she would be a bit of a rebel and be willing to stand up to the useless aristocrats, but it turned out she was actually quite conventional.

As for her detective skills, they weren’t great, at times it was almost ‘farcical’, running in and out of bedrooms and dodging people on the stairs. Then when she
Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!
I loved this first book in the series! Mystery, history, high society, humor, a cute a friendly dog...
There were quite a few characters. I would have loved a list of characters at the beginning with a brief description to refer back to.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for the first in a new series by Leighann Dobbs (along with Harmony Williams). It's a cozy mystery/suspense set in the Regency period. Two young debutante's have been strangled with pink ribbons at recent parties. Lady Katherine wants to be a detective like her father, but she also wants her dowry on her 25th birthday so she can be self-sufficient. Her father gives her 10 days to find the "Pink Ribbon Killer" without any help, if she's so receive her dowry on her birthday. She successf ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am really starting to hate the anachronistic trend to imbue characters from another historical time period with modern values, mores and opinions. Here we have another "plucky" pre-Feminist, rebellious woman who wants to be "free" of society's rules and regulations. She wants to be a Bow Street Runner or a detective and ends up making a deal with her father that if she solves the "pink ribbon murders" he will give her control of her money and she can then go off and be even more of a lonely sp ...more
Kymm Cummins
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read a good who done it mystery and this was a really good one. Set in the early 1800's a female detective, Lady Katherine needs to solve this series of high society murders by herself by her 25th birthday to receive her dowry from her father thus ensuring her financial future. It's full of great characters and takes place in a Lord's manor, with beautiful gardens. This is the first in a series of 4, I believe. I enjoyed it so much and found it so entertaining I may go ...more
An Invitation to Murder is the first book in a delightful new series, the Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries by Leighann Dobbs and Harmony Williams. This is the first book I have read set during the Regency period. Combined with the classic cozy mystery features I found the book enthralling and it fully held my attention. The protagonist, Lady Katherine Irvine is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps as a private detective. The “Pink Ribbon Murders” of two debutantes in London remain unso ...more
L.J. Evans
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun little romp through Regency England. A unique take on female in society trying to do more than "get married". Plus, the dog, Emma, was just too adorable. I can't wait for the next in the series.
Selah Pike
Meh. The detectives are blind, and there is almost nothing very Regency about it. 2.5 stars
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, cozies
This was okay. Hence the two stars. Not great, not bad, but okay.

I liked the spunk of the main character Katherine, and her determination to have a life lived by her own rules and decisions. She was smart and competent and capable. But she didn't have anything unique enough for me to really connect to her and deeply care about what happened to her.

The supporting characters all felt like they came straight out of central casting. There was nobody especially unique or interesting or engaging. They
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first cozy mystery book I have read that didn’t take place in modern times, and I loved it! Katherine, the heroine, captured my heart from the start, with her determination to gain her independence and ferocious refusal to conform to societal rules, yet work within them to achieve her goals. The story takes place in the Victorian Era, a time when young women of class were expected to reach for no higher goals than a favorable marriage. In contrast, Katherine is determined to make her ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a different time and life in Regency England. What an interesting story within the time of Regency! What a surprise that the main character is the daughter of an Earl and her heart's desire is to become a detective! I enjoyed reading this unique story with so much historical accuracy of the life and times. No wonder Lady Katherine wishes to escape the norm and become a detective like her father.

It is a time of invisibility of females as persons, a time of seeking "approved" marriages for yo
Lisa Millett
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was provided this book free for a true and honest review. I read it in one day and couldn't put it down. The setting is 1816 and Lady Katherine has 10 days to solve the pink ribbon murders. Two young debutante have been strangled with pink ribbons at 2 different parties during the season. Lady Katherine wants to collect on a wager with her father which would allow her to get her dowry on her 25th birthday and live on her own. In order to investigate she accepts a job as a matchmaker for young ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In a desperate attempt to acquire her dowry and independence. Lady Katherine must solve a crime on her own before her father can, by her 25th birthday. With the Pink Ribbon murderer still on the loose, Katherine achieves admission to the last party being held as a match maker for a young lady that has lots of difficulties about her personality, along with not being wealthy.

After one of the guest is violently attacked, Katherine, while avoiding the attentions of Captain Wayland, another investig
Debi Paglia
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An Invitation to Murder is set in Regency England in 1816 London. It is the first book in the new Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries Series by Leighann Dobbs and Harmony Williams. Lady Katherine Irvine is the daughter of the Earl of Dorchester, who is a renowned detective in Britain. Katherine has followed in her father's footsteps. She, at age 24 years, has decided not to wed, but to work as an undercover private investigator. As the story begins, she is trying to solve the murders of two London ...more
Maureen Hetzel
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 rating is more appropriate. I love the Regency period and this was particularly entertaining as the mystery focused on the " marriage market" of eligible young women and the matchmakers employed to assist them in finding a suitable spouse (of a higher social rank, of course). This backdrop provided the setting for solving the murder of several debs at prior parties. Loved the main protagonist detective who herself has decided a career in crime solving was more Important than marriage and all ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lady Katherine really wants her independence, and her dowry would give her just the backing she needs. Her father has promised that he will give her the dowry if she can solve the pink ribbon murders before her birthday. To that end, she accepts a matchmaking position for Annie, a socially awkward, bug loving young woman whose mother is desperate to get her married off to someone of appropriate status. Lady Katherine and Annie head to an estate in the country. What follows is an hilarious, intri ...more
Laura Nevill
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like British novels from 1800’s. I like the different classes, the hierarchy and the history of it. I have to say that I didn’t know as much about matchmaking in this setting nor the club that met to share inspecting techniques. It was truly interesting and added a new level of how difficult it was being a women who liked solving problems. The characters were definitely stronger for who was solving vs. the society members seeking matches.
Lyn Jenkins
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing intrigue.

While I have read most of Leighann's books I have avoided her period ones as the era isn't one I enjoy. After reading this wonderful Regency however it may be more the author than the era. I'll find out soon enough as I plan to read her other regency series.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

An Invitation To Murder (Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries Book 1)
by Leighann Dobbs and Harmony Williams is a thoroughly delightful first book in a new series. Lady Katherine Irvine, the daughter of the Earl of Dorchester, is hoping to follow in her father's footsteps as a member of the British aristocracy who also tracks murders (as a member of a secret society with a focus on investigation). This is, of course, not really an acceptable pastime for the Earl, let alone his marriage-age daughter.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lady Katherine took the matchmaking job but really wants to be a detective and this got her into getting information about the Pink Ribbon Killer. Two young women had died with one last party for debutantes to find husbands, Katherine knew it would be the perfect place for the killer to strike again.
Katherine’s father said she was to prove her ability by her birthday or lose her dowry within one week to solve the mystery. Her friend Lyle was one of the Bow Street Runners his help would be inval
Cathy G
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lady Katherine wants to be an independent investigator, she does not wish to be married and fall under the control of a man. she is trying to make a deal with her father, a very prominent investigaror in his own right. If she can solve the Pink Ribbon murder case, without any help, her father has agreed to hand over her dowry which means Lady Katherine can live independentlly. Katherine needs to find a way to investigate without being discovered. Women obviously can not be allowed to interefere ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I read another book by Leighann Dobbs, with a different protagonist, and did not like it but I enjoyed this one. It's a nice English cozy set in the Regency period. Lady Katherine, the main character, is an amateur detective posing as a matchmaker at a country estate house party to investigate the murders of several debutantes. If she solves this murder before her 25th birthday, her father promised to give her dowery to her which would make her a very independent young woman. She is aided by her ...more
Cinda Inman
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An Invitation to Murder

I enjoyed this mystery set in the 1800's in England. I also liked the mention of the inventor/investigator, Philomena, from the Scandals and Spies series.
As a matchmaker hoping to gain control over her dowry on her birthday by proving to her Papa she could find the Pink Ribbon Killer, Lady Katherine accepts the task.
With a lot of suspects and not many clues or proof the job looks overwhelming.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes the spy stories. A job well done by
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Anachronistic with a thin plot

Regency? Hardly. Merely saying that the setting is England in 18-whatever is not sufficient to make the book “Regency.” One might almost think this a modern murder mystery in which the investigator wears long skirts and is accompanied by a maid. The author misuses the titles of the peerage,but that is among the least of the difficulties in the book. It just is not particularly well done.

If you want a well-researched mystery series set in the Regency, read Stephanie
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A Regency era near spinster member of the Ton is trying to win her dowry for her own use from her father by solving a case before her upcoming twenty fifth birthday. Someone is killing young women during the Season. Katherine is given the perfect entrée into solving it when she is asked to matchmake for a young insect loving girl at a house party where all the suspects are attending. She has the help of a Bow Street Runner who invents things to help solve crimes. I did get caught up in a few red ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Invitation To Murder

I read this book after reading the second book in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed both books. The setting and characters are well developed and the storyline is believable.
I recall that I had planned to read future books in the series after reading book two but I am glad that I had the opportunity to read this book because it filled in some parts of the story that I didn’t know I had missed.
I’m certain that you will enjoy this book as well as the entire series if you tre
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Mary Barrett
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five 🌟

I think that I agree with Harmony, if I could travel around in a time machine I would often be found in the Regency Era! I really enjoy the new series, ladies! Leighann Dobbs and Harmony Williams make an excellent team. I love the humor they bring to this often uptight era. Lady Katherine is quite a pip! It looks like the " Runner " is going to give her a quite a run in the future.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Avid Reader

This is a new author for me, but I am no stranger to Regency mysteries. When members of the peerage become detectives, they make some hilarious actions. Lady Katherine, daughter of an earl, must solve the Pink-ribbon murders before she can claim her dowrey. At the aged of 24, she takes the job of a matchmaker to attend a house party to solve two murders. Read about Lady Katherine, Harriet, and Lyle to see how they solve the murders.
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USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty.

Her book "Dead Wrong" won the "Best Mystery Romance" award at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention.

Her book "Ghostly Paws" was the 2015 Chanticleer Mystery

Other books in the series

Lady Katherine Regency Matchmaker (4 books)
  • The Baffling Burglaries of Bath (Lady Katherine Regency Matchmaker #2)
  • Murder at the Ice Ball (Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries Book 3)
  • A Murderous Affair (Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries Book 4)