Series: A Lady of Letters Mystery #1
Published by Berkley Books on March 28, 2023
Source: Great Escapes Tours
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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.
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
What an utterly delightful book this was. Not since the New Year hit us with all it’s force, have we enjoyed a book this much.
Lady Amelia Amesbury is a breath of fresh air here in the ton. Widowed and taking care of a charge at a very young age, is no easy feat for a young woman from her social background. Alas, she handles it with grace and compassion, but a strong enough sense of self to not bother with the knitty gritties of life on the ton.
Thank heavens she has the good senses to do something to occupy her time in a productive an insightful way. Having a life-giving alter ego in the form of a gossip or agony column, can do wonders for a woman’s soul and sense of purpose in life. Receiving a tray filled with correspondence letters does tend to make life more interesting. Especially if all the letters request advice on love, labor and life. Mostly love of course. And who better to guide society than a member of the social elite.
Knowing that no-one in the ton knows your identity, just adds to the thrill. But, when you receive a letter from a concerned ladies maid with a postscript hinting at murder, you simply have to take action.
But what to do? Lady Agony could not and would not reveal her true identity. But still – she has to solve this murder! Oh what to do! Enter the handsome marquis Simon Bainbridge. Of course she had no choice but to bare her identity if she wanted his help. One can but wonder how much more she will bare to the handsome marquis in good time.
This reader has it in good authority that Murder in Postscript will be one of this social season’s biggest surprises. We can’t wait for the next instalment!
We extend our thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours for granting us an invitation to this blog tour and for providing us with a copy of this delightful read.
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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. Since then, she’s been busily planning her next mystery—and another trip! Find out more about Mary and her writing at marywintersauthor.com.
I loved the characters in this one and can’t wait to see where the series goes.
Oh I did enjoy this one Katherine! Sure you will too!
I really enjoyed this one too! I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
I also think the next one in the series will be even better. Loved the characters. It did fall a bit flat for me in the end, but I mostly still enjoyed it!