Ahoy there me mateys! For those of ye who are new to me log, a word: though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes. Occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were.
This is a light review of books two and three in the Countess of Harleigh mystery series (which I just binged). I know I already said this but last week Matey Milou wrote a lovely review of book three in this series wherein she said:
This series is, for me, quite romance heavy. Especially in this book, which is set in the week of Lily’s wedding. Surprisingly though, I don’t mind it at all. Frances is a widow, and has been married for 10 years. She has a daughter. She has been through it all. So her relationship isn’t angsty whatsoever. It is based on friendship, with a lot of mutual respect and an equal partnership in every aspect. And it is just really lovely. Also, because most of their ‘alone time’ is spent discussing the case, the mystery never suffers under the romance either.
I read the first book and loved it. I was going to space the next two out before book four comes out but . . . well . . . I didn’t. Instead I read two and three back to back. Gobbled them up. Because Matey Milou is correct. This series is so worth reading. This book appealed because it was a Victorian murder mystery but I like me romances to be minor to the plot. Aye, the romance aspects are there but seriously the characters are great and the murder mysteries be fun. Aye, these books be silly but it fit me mood and continue to make me smile. I simply adore Frances. And while I thought book one was better than book two, book three was by far me favorite. I actually laughed out loud and the ending was fantastic. I am not sorry I binged these but am sad to have to wait for book four! Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the book one cause blurbs for two and three give things away (shortened by me for spoilers):
In this exciting historical mystery debut set in Victorian England, a wealthy young widow encounters the pleasures—and scandalous pitfalls—of a London social season . . .
Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York—for her first London season.
No sooner has Frances begun her new life than the ghosts of her old one make an unwelcome appearance . . . A killer is in their midst . . . And Frances must unmask the villain before Lily’s season—and their lives—come to a most unseemly end . . .
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