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A lady's guide to gossip and murder /

by Freeman, Dianne [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Freeman, Dianne, Countess of Harleigh mystery: 2.Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2019.Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.Description: 277 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781496716903; 1496716906.Subject(s): Widows -- England -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- England -- London -- Fiction | Extortion investigation -- England -- London -- Fiction | Aristocracy (Social class) -- England -- Fiction | Americans -- England -- Fiction | London (England) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901 -- Fiction | Detective and mystery storiesSummary: Though American by birth, Frances Wynn, the now-widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy. On August twelfth each year, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth, most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for grouse-shooting season. Frances has little interest in hunting-for birds or a second husband-and is expecting to spend a quiet few months in London with her almost-engaged sister, Lily, until the throng returns. Instead, she's immersed in a shocking mystery when a friend, Mary Archer, is found murdered. Frances had hoped Mary might make a suitable bride for her cousin, Charles, but their courtship recently fizzled out. Unfortunately, this puts Charles in the spotlight-along with dozens of others. It seems Mary had countless notes hidden in her home, detailing the private indiscretions of society's elite. Frances can hardly believe that the genteel and genial Mary was a blackmailer, yet why else would she horde such juicy tidbits? Aided by her gallant friend and neighbor, George Hazelton, Frances begins assisting the police in this highly sensitive case, learning more about her peers than she ever wished to know. Too many suspects may be worse than none at all-but even more worrying is that the number of victims is increasing too. And unless Frances takes care, she'll soon find herself among them . . .Summary: 1899. Frances Wynn, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy, but has little interest in hunting-- for birds or for a second husband. On August twelfth each year most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for grouse-shooting season. When a friend, Mary Archer, is found murdered, Frances' cousin Charles is put in the spotlight. It seems Mary kept notes detailing the private indiscretions of the elite. Was she hording the juicy tidbits for blackmail purposes? As the number of victims increases, it soon seems Frances will be among them. -- adapted from jacket
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Though American by birth, Frances Wynn, the now-widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy. On August twelfth each year, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth, most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for grouse-shooting season. Frances has little interest in hunting-for birds or a second husband-and is expecting to spend a quiet few months in London with her almost-engaged sister, Lily, until the throng returns. Instead, she's immersed in a shocking mystery when a friend, Mary Archer, is found murdered. Frances had hoped Mary might make a suitable bride for her cousin, Charles, but their courtship recently fizzled out. Unfortunately, this puts Charles in the spotlight-along with dozens of others. It seems Mary had countless notes hidden in her home, detailing the private indiscretions of society's elite. Frances can hardly believe that the genteel and genial Mary was a blackmailer, yet why else would she horde such juicy tidbits? Aided by her gallant friend and neighbor, George Hazelton, Frances begins assisting the police in this highly sensitive case, learning more about her peers than she ever wished to know. Too many suspects may be worse than none at all-but even more worrying is that the number of victims is increasing too. And unless Frances takes care, she'll soon find herself among them . . .

Though American by birth, Frances Wynn, the now-widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy. On August twelfth each year, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth, most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for grouse-shooting season. Frances has little interest in hunting-for birds or a second husband-and is expecting to spend a quiet few months in London with her almost-engaged sister, Lily, until the throng returns. Instead, she's immersed in a shocking mystery when a friend, Mary Archer, is found murdered. Frances had hoped Mary might make a suitable bride for her cousin, Charles, but their courtship recently fizzled out. Unfortunately, this puts Charles in the spotlight-along with dozens of others. It seems Mary had countless notes hidden in her home, detailing the private indiscretions of society's elite. Frances can hardly believe that the genteel and genial Mary was a blackmailer, yet why else would she horde such juicy tidbits? Aided by her gallant friend and neighbor, George Hazelton, Frances begins assisting the police in this highly sensitive case, learning more about her peers than she ever wished to know. Too many suspects may be worse than none at all-but even more worrying is that the number of victims is increasing too. And unless Frances takes care, she'll soon find herself among them . . .

Sequel to: A lady's guide to etiquette and murder.

1899. Frances Wynn, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy, but has little interest in hunting-- for birds or for a second husband. On August twelfth each year most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for grouse-shooting season. When a friend, Mary Archer, is found murdered, Frances' cousin Charles is put in the spotlight. It seems Mary kept notes detailing the private indiscretions of the elite. Was she hording the juicy tidbits for blackmail purposes? As the number of victims increases, it soon seems Frances will be among them. -- adapted from jacket

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