A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

Forever: Grand Central. (A Lady’s Guide, Bk. 1). Nov. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781538736135. pap. $14.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
In Victorian England, Katherine Bascomb has the audacity to enjoy being a widow. Free from the restraints of an arranged marriage, she has control of her late husband’s vast newspaper empire. Katherine and Caro, her new cohort in crime reporting, decide to get the female perspective from crime scenes of a serial killer and discover an eyewitness Scotland Yard failed to interview. When an innocent man is arrested, Katherine comes face to face with DI Andrew Eversham, the man whose career her column might have destroyed. Thrown together at a country estate house party after another murder, Katherine and Andrew begin to untangle their sudden attraction to each other and the motivations of a murderer.
VERDICT Librarian Collins (One for the Rogue) blends historical romance and mystery with characters who embody a modern sensibility. While the ending seems a little too neatly resolved and coincidental circumstances abound, the protagonists and setting of this first in a promising new series are thoroughly enjoyable.
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