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    Gilded Age Intregue

    The English Wife is an historical fiction with mystery novel set in high society New York & London and opens with the murder of Bay Van Duyvil, son of wealthy New York family and the death or disappearance of his British wife Annabelle. From there the story splits into two parts: the tale of his sister Jane in the aftermath of the shocking murder and the story of Bay's trip to Europe, five years earlier. This story captivated me from the shocking opening and kept me reading to find out what happened, through several twists and turns. The story is a sad one (opening with a murder), but also a bit hopeful at the same time. Lauren Willig does a good job of creating a world of opulence and restriction that these characters both inhabit and battle against. It was also interesting to see her portrayal of a 19th century court inquisition (I do love a good court case). This story had all the things I really like: a dual timeline, mystery, and a little romance. I did get this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, and my recommendation is to read it if you enjoy historical fiction and mysteries. In fact, I enjoyed this story so much, that I plan to go back and read an earlier book of Willig's that had gone on my DNF pile, The Other Daughter. I am looking forward to her next novel, for sure.

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