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A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman
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really liked it
bookshelves: arc, some-romance-thrown-in, mystery, historic

Frances, a widowed American heiress, finds herself in a tumble of robbery, deceiving, and murder after she leaves the household of her late husband to start a life of her own. With the help of her new neighbor and not really welcomed old acquaintance George she gets caught up in investigating the suspects, who are also the suitors of her younger sister.

This novel was refreshingly entertaining, with a female protagonist who was funny in a tongue-in-cheek way without being the inept or helpless heroine. Her male sidekick was a little bit flat but likeable none-the-less. The story telling was fast paced and believable. Highly recommended!

Interesting tidbits: the novel mentions the use of photographs, telephone, and even a motor car, which prompted me to google the time of invention as I usually don’t find those mentioned in historical novels. Alas, this novel set in 1899 is a bit later than usual, and all three inventions were, indeed, available to the public, if not scarce.

Narrative: 1st POV female protagonist
Location: 1899 London, London countryside
Sexual content: none (while there is a bit of fizz going on between the main protagonists this is not a romance novel)
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Reading Progress

May 3, 2018 – Started Reading
May 4, 2018 – Shelved
May 6, 2018 – Finished Reading
May 7, 2018 – Shelved as: arc
May 7, 2018 – Shelved as: some-romance-thrown-in
May 7, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery
May 7, 2018 – Shelved as: historic

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