Series: A Lady's Guide #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Setting: London, England
Source: ARC, NetGalley
An intrepid female reporter matches wits with a serious, sexy detective in award-winning author Manda Collin's fun and flirty historical rom-com, perfect for readers of Evie Dunmore, Julia Quinn, and Tessa Dare!
England, 1865 : As one of England's most notorious newspaper columnists, Lady Katherine Bascomb believes knowledge is power. And she's determined to inform and educate the ladies of London on the nefarious-and deadly-criminals who are praying on the fairer sex. When her reporting leads to the arrest of a notorious killer, however, Katherine flees to a country house party to escape her newfound notoriety-only to witness a murder on her very first night. And when the lead detective accuses Katherine of inflaming-rather than informing-the public with her column, she vows to prove him wrong.
Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham's refusal to compromise his investigations nearly cost him his own career, and he blames Katherine. To avoid bad publicity, his superiors are pressuring him to solve cases quickly rather than correctly. When he discovers she's the key witness in a new crime, he's determined to prevent the beautiful widow from once again wreaking havoc on his case. Yet as Katherine proves surprisingly insightful and Andrew impresses Katherine with his lethal competency, both are forced to admit the fire between them is more flirtatious than furious. But to explore the passion between them, they'll need to catch a killer.
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem gave me Lady Sherlock vibes and I loved it! Lady Katherine, after the death of her husband, takes over a newspaper and decides that women need to be better informed. She and her new friend Caro decide to write a column just for women. Both Katherine and Caro are whip smart, savvy, and determined. Readers will love them.
The plot involves a serial killer. Andrew was the officer assigned to the case until Katherine’s article gets him kicked off. However, these two are forced together after another murder attributed to the same killer occurs and Katherine is a witness. These two have an enemies to lovers type romance, but Katherine is also fiercely protective of her independence. Her marriage was bad and she has no desire to lose her freedom to a man again.
Overall, A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem delivers on a slow burn romance between two unlikely people and a murder mystery with an intriguing killer. At times, I thought the plot was a tad slow and wanted to skip forward a bit through some of the innocuous descriptions and interactions. However, I loved the story! Katherine, Caro, Andrew, and Val really are well written, dynamic characters.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: enemies to lovers, regency
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
The Scot Beds his Wife by Kerrigan Bryne, A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas, …then you will probably like A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem!