A Bride’s Guide to Marriage and Murder

Kensington. (Countess of Harleigh Mystery, Bk. 5). Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781496731616. $26. M
Frances, Countess of Harleigh, has suffered through four months of wedding preparations with her mother; she and fiancé George Hazelton don’t need one more interruption to their wedding plans, certainly not by feuding American businessmen Peter Bainbridge and James Connor, who’ve both been invited to the festivities—the latter by Frances’s brother Alonzo, who wants to court James’s daughter Madeline Connor. George and Frances make it through the wedding ceremony, but the reception is interrupted by news that James Connor is dead and Alonzo has been arrested for the murder. This means Frances and George have to postpone their honeymoon so George can act as Alonzo’s attorney. Multiple suspects, duplicitous actions, and another murder lead Frances and George on a confusing hunt to find the killer.
VERDICT While readers may beat the sleuths to the punch, the fifth in Freeman’s “Countess of Harleigh Mystery” series (following A Fiancée’s Guide to First Wives and Murder) is a delightful cozy that educates readers about the role of women in Victorian England and entertains at the same time.
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