A Newlywed’s Guide to Fortune and Murder

Kensington. (Countess of Harleigh Mystery, Bk. 6). Jun. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781496731623. $27. M
Frances and George Hazelton’s honeymoon was postponed due to a murder and George’s recovery from an injury. Two months later, they still can’t go because George has a new assignment from the Home Office. The late Lord Winstead left his artifacts and journal to the British Museum, but the journal has disappeared from his desk. George’s assignment coincides with Frances’s new task, shepherding Lady Winstead’s niece through the steps to her presentation to Queen Victoria. Instead, she’s prying into Lady Winstead’s own safety since her stepchildren, the Ashleys, all moved in. Lady Winstead’s friend is concerned for her friend’s health, and Frances’s first visit isn’t reassuring. It almost appears as if someone is poisoning the wealthy widow. When Frances’s primary suspect is murdered, she and her aunt hatch an audacious scheme to move into the Winstead household in order to find the missing journal, save Lady Winstead, and track down a killer.
VERDICT The Agatha Award–winning author of A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder is adept at misdirection. Witty British conversation and social history as viewed by an American will continue to appeal to fans of Victorian mysteries.
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