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  • An absolutely delightful read!

    This was a totally fun read. As it was a little out of my comfort zone, I was dubious at first and it took me a few chapters to get into it. I am so glad I persevered because it was absolutely worth it and now I can’t wait for the second book in the series.

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    LADY ROSAMUND AND THE POISON PEN by Barbara Monajem is A Rosie and McBrae Regency Mystery. It’s the delightful first person account of Lady Rosamund Phipps, daughter of an Earl, in a marriage of convenience to a man that emotionally and physically loves her best friend – and with her blessing, and who is constantly fighting to not end up like Great Aunt Edna did. At a very tender age, Rosamund found out about her mentally disturbed relative locked away against her will – no more than a prisoner - for fear of how society would react to what was perceived as strange behavior. With Rosamund’s tendency for OCD behavior, which was looked upon as a form of total madness, she lived her life with the thoughts, as well as the threats from her mother and brother, that she too was on the edge of mental illness and in need of being “put away” at some asylum or at their country estate at the least in order to protect the family name and status. After the death of a footman on their staircase, a person who calls them self Corvus started to do caricatures portraying Rosamund and those around her in very unflattering scenes - although somewhat entertaining to Rosamund. Rosamund is determined to find out who this Corvus is and reveal their identity to the public. Not an easy task for a proper lady of the time with all the rules of propriety of the day for folks of her status. About the same time, Rosamund started receiving poison pen letters threatening to reveal her dirty little secret. Are the caricatures and letters from the same person? How can she stop them without tipping her hand to others about her obsessions and odd behaviors? Made even harder with the sudden appearance of her overbearing mother. How can she get her to leave? To make matters worse, right when they both need the support of the other, Rosamund and Cynthia, her best friend and her husband’s mistress, have to pretend to be at odd to squelch rumors of improprieties between the friend or the three of them including Albert. Who else can she trust or confide in? Why does the less than noble Scott both irritate her and entice her, though she has no fancy for those things? Dare she speak to him honestly or accept his offer of help? LADY ROSAMUND AND THE POISON PEN was a delightful read for me. I enjoyed feeling as if I were a speck on the wall watching it all unfold and at the same time in Rosamund’s confidences that no one else but me could hear. I loved the way Barbara Monajem portrays the delightful character of Gilroy McBrae and I’m hoping there will be many more match ups between Roseamund and Gilroy. LADY ROSAMUND AND THE POISON PEN is a great mystery that will have you guessing only to get it wrong until the very end as you fall in love with the characters within the pages of this book as well as give you a laugh or two along the way. I, for one, will be looking for more books by this author as well as hopefully another book with Rosamund and McBrae.

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