Murder in Postscript
by Mary Winters
Publication Date March 28, 2023
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Reading Challenges: Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2023
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
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 by Mary Winters is the first book in a new historical cozy mystery series. The series follows Amelia, the main character as she solves crimes in an era where women are not allowed to do such dirty work.
Amelia Amesbury is a mother, a widow, and a countess, and she has a secret. She writes an advice column for a London paper where she gives advice to anyone who writes to Lady Agony.
When a ladies’ maid writes to Lady Agony that her mistress is dead and then the maid becomes a victim, Amelia starts to investigate. She enlists the help of her best friend, Kitty, as well as a handsome Marquis, Simon Bainbridge, to help solve the murders.
I have been enjoying mysteries more and more lately, especially those set in Victorian England, and this new series is another one to add to my list. I enjoyed the main character, Amelia very much. She’s honest and forthright in her investigation and she is a woman that I could easily root for.
As happens often in the first book of a series, I found the beginning a bit slow as we were introduced to the characters and the setting, but not so slow that I ever wanted to give up. And once the mystery got going, the pace picked up considerably and I couldn’t wait to get to the ending.
I enjoyed this book very much and I am already anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
I highly recommend Murder in Postscript to anyone who enjoys historical mysteries. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Reading Murder in Postscript counts towards my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2023
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2023