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  • Lady Anne on the Case

    Lady Anne Addison is still hiding her engagement to Lord Darkefell as “Lady Anne and the Menacing Mystic” begins, and her mother is railing about it, but that’s not going to stop her from delving into the truth behind a revolting scam that’s causing trouble for her near and dear. Mother Macree, the so called “Mystic of Bath,” is claiming to be able to divine all sorts of things for those gullible enough to believe her. How does the woman know all these things? Lady Anne wants to keep her from doing harm. You’ll find several plot lines going here, involving the marriage-minded, fraud, and eventually, things that can’t be spoken of between the good people of Bath or anywhere, for that matter. Speaking of the town, we’re among the rich and famous of society, in languid times, and the narrative supports that. This is no thriller, but rather plotting and characterization that builds in complexity. During all this Anne worries about what she’ll be giving up when she marries – that trope of the unmarried woman in historical fiction. However, they all keep calm and carry on, don’t they? A young man dies – and she determines to find justice for his death. In so doing, she might cause all sorts of trouble. The young man had a big secret – and others that are well known to Anne have such secrets as well. The language is elegant and refined, in keeping with the historical era, which isn’t defined until you read the About the Book at the end, which details the research that went into the plot and more about the customs of the time – but don’t until you’ve finished the book, to avoid spoilers. However, as Victoria Hamilton does like to mention what Lady Anne and her contemporaries wear, if you have any idea of when a robe a’ la polonaise was worn, you’ll have an idea of the time frame as you read along. It should have been mentioned, though. The series has been going on for a while, and characters appear from earlier books, like Osei Boatin, who is Lord Darkefell’s secretary. He’s a fully-realized character, who helps Lady Anne in the course of her “investigation,” and his backstory is heartbreaking to read. Gossip is bread and butter to those that have time to hear it, and these folks have lots of time; unfortunately, if the truth comes out, it’s going to bring ruin and loss of one’s place in society, which was basically worse than death to some. The author has our heroine trusting her feelings as a human being, one perhaps that many “real” members of her class would not have recognized. We are lucky in that fictional people are allowed to have lives that may not mirror the tenor of their own times. Sometimes that works, sometimes it does not. In this case, it works very well. Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for a copy of this book, in exchange for this review.

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  • Interesting

    cosy-mystery, England, murder-investigation, 19th-century, historical-fiction The characters are realistic and engaging (for the most part) but the pace of this well plotted cozy seems excruciatingly slow. I confess that the stilted behavior and attitudes of the "old guard" of Bath society holds little appeal for me but the storyline predictably needs that kind of background filler to make better sense of the story to come. The sleuthing is good, too. The publisher's blurb is good at providing the hook that we need to be attracted to a new book. Bottom line is that I liked it more than average but no dancing in the streets. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Beyond the Page Publishing via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • Perfect Summer Read

    What a delightful read! I haven't read any of the previous books in the series and found that didn't affect my enjoyment of the story, characters, and certainly not the mystery. Set in the Georgian period in Bath, England, we find Lady Anne Addison visiting her mother (and grandmother) as she prepares to announce her engagement to Lord Darkfell. When a young man, Alfred is found dead, Anne feels compelled to find out why. After all, she was present when he was found. And he's the nephew of her mother's best friend. We are given a good look into English society and how easily things can be swept under the rug while gossiped about. To add a bit of a twist, we meet a fortune teller who has become quite "fashionable" for the society folks to visit with. But where does she get her information? If you enjoy period pieces, character studies, and mysteries this is one for you. As for me, it's time to read the rest of the books in the series as I enjoyed Anne and her friends. Thanks to Net Galley and Victoria Hamilton for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

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  • Great addition to series

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary advance reader copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion. Another in the Lady Anne series, which I have enjoyed immensely. Lady Anne has gone home to her mother’s as she awaits the Marquess Darkefell, her fiancé, she is adamant not to mention the engagement to her friends and townsfolk, lest they think she is looking above her station in life. Meanwhile, the hot topic in town is the fortune-teller in town, a mystic that seems to know more about people than she should. Lady Anne decides to get to the bottom of things and figure out what is going on. Will she uncover the mystery or is the mystic really able to get messages from the other side? A great summer read, this author is books are enjoyable and I really enjoy this characters, cannot wait to read the next one.

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  • Too slow to get deeply into the plot

    A very interesting book because of the high siciety of the era during the Season in Bath England. But the book is simply too long and goes on and on, with society events and gossiping .. among too many characters. It takes much too long to really get into the plot but once it does, wow, very suspenseful and exciting. This is the first of the series that I read. Now, I am reading Book 1 and it seems to be moving along more quickly.

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