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author information along with my review. And be sure to enter the giveaway below.
About the book . . .
Murder in Postscript (A Lady of Letters Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Victorian London, 1860
Berkley (March 28, 2023)
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 0593548760
ISBN-13 : 978-0593548769
Digital ASIN : B0B5D5HW3K
Synopsis . . . When one of her readers asks for advice following a suspected murder, Victorian countess Amelia Amesbury, who secretly pens the popular Lady Agony column, has no choice but to investigate in this first book in a charming new historical mystery series.
Amelia Amesbury—widow, mother, and countess—has a secret. Amelia writes for a London penny paper, doling out advice on fashion, relationships, and manners under the pen name Lady Agony. But when a lady’s maid writes Amelia to ask for advice when she believes her mistress has been murdered—and then ends up a victim herself—Amelia is determined to solve the case
With the help of her best friend and a handsome marquis, Amelia begins to piece together the puzzle, but as each new thread of inquiry ends with a different suspect, the investigation grows ever more daunting. From London’s docks and ballrooms to grand country houses, Amelia tracks a killer, putting her reputation—and her life—on the line.
My review . . . Lady Amelia Amesbury became a widow at the tender age of 25, after a two-month marriage. Convention has required a two-year mourning period that has Amelia dressing in black and refraining from social activities. Until recently, the only bright spot in Amelia's life has been her ten-year-old niece Winnifred, the budding piano prodigy Amelia promised her late husband she would raise as a daughter. That is, until Amelia is offered the chance to anonymously write the Lady Agony column in her childhood friend's penny newspaper. Most of the letters she responds to relate to social conduct and relationships, and Amelia cheerfully doles out common sense answers laced with wit and solid advice. Things take a more serious turn, however, when she receives a letter from a maid who thinks her employer was murdered. Amelia agrees to meet the maid, but before she is able to interview her, the maid meets the same fate as the lady she served.
Not one to shy away from an intriguing mystery, Amelia recruits her closest female friend Kitty and her late husband's friend Simon Bainbridge to assist in the investigation. As their inquiry proceeds, the elusive killer strikes again and Amelia begins to receive threatening letters warning her to stop her investigation or risk personal harm. Will Amelia expose the killer before she becomes the next victim? Can she do so without her identity as Lady Agony being revealed?
Murder in Postscript is a delightful beginning to a new historical cozy mystery series set in Victorian London. Its engaging plot is filled with a healthy dose of red herrings and upstairs/downstairs characters. The banter between protagonist Lady Amesbury and Marquis Bainbridge is scintillating and hints at the possibility of a future romance between two characters who have each suffered a devastating personal loss. And, best of all, after the murders are solved, the author uses a very clever hook to leave readers craving more. The series is off to a solid start, with great potential for a long run.
Giveaway . . . Enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card by clicking this link.
About the author . . . Mary Winters is the author of Murder in Postscript, the debut novel in A Lady of Letters Mystery series. A longtime reader of historical fiction and an author of two other mystery series, Mary set her latest work in Victorian England after being inspired by a trip to London.
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Since then, she’s been busily planning her next mystery—and another trip! Find out more about Mary and her writing at marywintersauthor.com.
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