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A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem (A Lady's Guide, 1) (edició 2020)

de Manda Collins (Autor)

Sèrie: A Lady's Guide (1)

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Títol:A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem (A Lady's Guide, 1)
Autors:Manda Collins (Autor)
Informació:Forever (2020), 352 pages
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A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem (A Lady's Guide (1)) de Manda Collins

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This was a delightful Victorian age murder mystery with a strong romance element. It is first in "A Lady's Guide" series and hopefully, many more will follow. The historical references and attention to detail added tremendously to the story and were spot on. Even though I suspected the perpetrator early on, there were additional twists to the story, which along with its charm, held my interest.

Certainly, Ms. Collins' fine turn of phrase and humorous writing drew me into the book. Yet, it was her strong female protagonist, widowed Lady Katherine Bascomb, which held my interest as she put forth an image of a feisty, bright and fearless women in an age where such character was extraordinary. Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham, although initially annoyed by and resentful of Lady Katherine, eventually comes to know and understand the fine woman of character she is. There's a strong spark between them as he tries to steer her away from seemingly dangerous situations but Lady Katherine (Kate) will have none of it and that's what he so admires about her. She's a bright and independent woman with a strong mind of her own, an admirable trait and simultaneously vexing to Eversham.

The story was an entertaining diversion for the holidays and I look forward to reading more stories by this talented author.

Synopsis (from publisher's website):

England, 1865: Newspaper columnist Lady Katherine Bascomb finds herself the subject of speculation when her latest article leads to an arrest in the murders plaguing London. The English believe women ought not to write about such vulgar things as crime, and a particularly attractive detective inspector is incensed that she’s interfered with his investigation. To escape her sudden notoriety, Katherine heads to the country-only to witness a murder upon her arrival.

Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham is appalled when Lady Katherine entangles herself in one of his cases-again. Her sensationalist reporting already nearly got him kicked off the police force, and he’ll be damned if he permits her to meddle a second time. Yet, her questions are awfully insightful, and he can’t deny his attraction to both her beauty and brains. As the clues point to a dangerous criminal, the two soon realize their best option is working together. But with their focus on the killer lurking in the shadows, neither is prepared for the other risk the case poses-to their hearts. ( )
  KateBaxter | Dec 29, 2020 |
A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is the new book from Manda Collins. I loved the title and happily turned to the first page...

1865. Lady Katherine Bascomb is the widowed owner of a London newspaper. She also (against the opinions of the male members of the paper) writes a column. With some particularly vicious crimes happening in London, she and her bestie Caroline decide to pen a piece about the 'Commandments Killer.' Perhaps do some investigation as well. Can you guess the name of the column?

Kate inadvertently lands herself in the middle of the investigation and under the scrutiny of DI Eversham. Which might be bad....or maybe good...

I love novels set in this time period. The verbal sparring is so much fun - barbed insults delicately covered in social decorum. What's not as great is the male attitude towards women and their 'sensibilities' and what might be best for them. Collins has created a wonderfully spunky, outspoken, eminently likable protagonist. And a great sidekick that shares her ideals and is just as forward thinking.

Collins has come up with a good mystery as well. There are lots of choices for whodunit along the way, with one character that I sussed out early on, but she adds a little bit more that wasn't predictable.

So, how to categorize A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem? Historical romantic mystery seems to cover all the bases!

Now, that romance angle...Collins has penned some delicious romantic tension between Kate and Eversham. Will it go any further than each of them just thinking about it...? Not telling! But suffice to say Collin's background as a romance writer stands her in good stead.

It looks like this will be a new series for Collins with Caroline and Lord Thorn getting the lead roles in Lady's Guide 2 due out in Fall 2021.

A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem was a fun escapist read, perfect for a snowy day on the couch with tea and biscuits! ( )
  Twink | Nov 24, 2020 |

Lady Katherine Bascomb is tired of women being pushed to the background due to their "sensitive personalities". When Katherine became widowed and took over her late husband's newspaper, she's been able to give women more of a voice with the articles she choses to write. But she still has a long haul ahead. When a slate of unsolved murders ravages London, Katherine sees it as her duty to keep the women in the city informed, especially since the investigators on the case aren't doing the job.

Katherine feels the full weight of guilt when her article leads to an innocent man's arrest, which becomes even more apparent when the killer strikes again.

Inspector Andrew Eversham has always taken pride in the job he does as a Detective. It's why his track record is impeccable. That is, until the Commandments Killer began ravaging through London. When Lady Katherine publishes her article, he's looked at as incompetent for his lack of progress and is thrown off the case. When he's sent to the countryside to investigate a murder at a house party, he's loathe to find Katherine among the guests.

While they may be at odds with one another, they both agree that the killer is still at large, and they'll discover that they have more to gain when they work together.

This has been one of my most highly anticipated reads since I first learned about it a few months ago. So, expectations were pretty high for this one. Happily, it really delivers in every aspect as a Historical Romance/Mystery.

I thought the differing viewpoints between Katherine (a journalist) and Eversham (a policeman) were very timely. The women's issues that Katherine is trying to shine a light upon are also very relevant today as so often our voices are not heard.

One of my only complaints about the book is that it took just a bit to long to find its legs, so to speak. We get quite a ways into the story before connections start being made and there's a clearer path of what's going on. But even still there were a few instances where things felt a bit too coincidental. Like things weren't built up enough for be to believe the way situations transpired. This revolves a lot around the mystery which is why I'm being rather vague here. Once the story really gets going and the pieces start falling better into place, I was hooked.

Of course the interactions between Katherine and Eversham fuel the story. I loved their animosity towards one another - although to be fair they're not complete enemies. They are two people with different viewpoints and different ideas about how to get things done. It was a joy to see them both on opposite sides as well as when they were aligned. This also creates delicious chemistry between the characters. I almost wish this was a series that followed the same main characters throughout numerous books because I could have read at least a couple of more with Katherine and Eversham each trying to outwit the other all while garner feeling for each other.

As it stands, however, it seems as though we will get a different couple in the next book, and they're already pretty much set up in this first book.

Another aspect of the story that I could have used more of is the friendship between Katherine and Miss Caroline Hardcastle (Caro). They are two like-minded women, Caro is even the co-author of the article Katherine write regarding the murders. I wish there could have been more interactions between this pair. I always feel like the friendships are just as important (maybe sometimes more important) as the romance and this is one I'm hoping we'll see explored more in the next book.

I'm happy that I book I was so looking forward to delivered in a great way and also gives me another series to add to my TBR! ( )
  AmyM3317 | Nov 23, 2020 |
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is the first book in Manda Collins’s exciting new series A Lady’s Guide. After a miserable marriage, Lady Katherine Bascomb is happily widowed and running her own newspaper. She and her friend Caroline Hardcastle come up with the idea of writing a column called A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem as a way of informing women about the things that men say they are protecting them from when really keeping women ignorant is more likely to harm them. In the first column, they write about interviewing a witness involved in the Commandments Killer case, one that the police didn’t interview, and that article gets Inspector Andrew Eversham removed from the case. He’s quite unhappy about it, especially when his replacement and supervisor arrest and charge someone he’s sure is innocent of the murders. When the murderer seems to have followed Kate to a house party in the Lake District, Andrew is put back on the case, and sparks fly between them. I enjoyed this story with its intriguing mystery and look forward to reading future books in this series. Medium Steam. Publishing Date, November 10, 2020. #ALadysGuideToMischiefAndMayhem #MandaCollins #HistoricalRomance #HistoricalMystery #ForeverGrandCentral #bookstagram #bookstagramer ( )
  nmgski | Nov 9, 2020 |
A little light Victorian mystery/romance, complete with sumptuous country house setting. This novel had plenty of steamy passion and some thrilling action, neither too explicit. The mystery was beguiling and didn’t make me think too hard, which I was not in the mood to do anyway.

A bit sharper on the dialogue and it would remind me almost of Georgette Heyer’s mysteries, and there’s a definite Phrynne Fisher vibe. I’d be happy to revisit these cute characters in the second book in the series.

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher and was encouraged to submit a review. ( )
  jillrhudy | Sep 14, 2020 |
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