Of Manners and Murders synopsis from the publisher:
Of Manners and Murder: A Dear Miss Hermione Mystery by Anastasia Hastings.
1885: London, England. When Violet’s Aunt Adelia decides to abscond with her newest paramour, she leaves behind her role as the most popular Agony Aunt in London, “Miss Hermione,” in Violet’s hands.
And of course, the first letter Violet receives is full, not of prissy pondering, but of portent. Ivy Armstrong is in need of help and fears for her life. But when Violet visits the village where the letters were posted, she finds that Ivy is already dead.
She’ll quickly discover that when you represent the best-loved Agony Aunt in Britain, both marauding husbands and murder are par for the course.
My Review: Of Manners and Murders
A mix of detective whodunit and Dear Abby advice column, Hastings pulls you into 1885 London and has her MC, the author of a popular women’s advice column, become engrossed in the murder of one of her followers of her column.
At it’s core, Of Manners and Murders is a detective story, but the splash of romance towards the end is what really drew me further into this story. And the love interest of the main character is a mystery, leaving readers anxious for more. Trying to guess his true identity and the reasoning behind why he’s getting involved in the first place.
My hope is Hastings explores the romance further in her future novels as I was ready for more witty banter and kiss already moments.
A delight, Of Manners and Murders includes an empowering lead female character during a time women had no real autonomy and a story filled with mystery, this is a series to keep on your radar.
Happy Reading ~ Cece
RATING: – Satisfyingly Inked
|Pub Date||ISBN||Page Count||Publisher||Age Group||Source & Format||Review Posted Online|
|7-Feb-23||978-1250848567||304||Minotaur Books||Adult||NetGalley, Digital ARC||December 5, 2022|
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