A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder (A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder #1) by Victoria Hamilton

A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder (A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder #1)

"[An] outstanding series launch. ... Hamilton expertly balances the page-turning detection with the story of a hypocritical society where women, whether they are scullery maids or orphans, rarely get to make their own decisions."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) Scandal and slayings among Regency London's elite The shocking murder of Sir Henry Claybourne leaves Regency London shaken and horror-struck. But for genteel spinster Miss Emmelin...

Details A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder (A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder #1)

TitleA Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder (A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder #1)
Release DateFeb 8th, 2019
PublisherMidnight Ink
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Reviews A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder (A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder #1)

  • N.N. Light
    This was so delicious, I savored every word. If you like historical mystery, pick this up right now!Highly recommend!My Rating: 5 startsReviewed by: Mrs. N
  • Ashley Cate
    A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder is the first book in a new historical mystery series by Victoria Hamilton. Previous books that I read by Victoria Hamilton were all cozy mysteries (some of the Vintage Kitchen mysteries and the Merry Muffin mystery series) and I really enjoyed those books so I thought I would give her new historical mystery series a shot. I am a big fan of historical mysteries usually, with Victoria Thompson and Rhys Bowen as two o...
  • Kayt18
    An interesting historical mystery. Dealing with some very sensitive subjects with a gentle hand, yet giving it the strength it needs. Not for the faint of heart or too sensitive. Great new series
  • Gloria
    This pleasing mystery transports readers to London in 1810. While gentle in tone throughout, there is nevertheless a timeless disturbing crime against women at its core, i.e., human trafficking.Emmeline is part of a secret group of society women who are determined to defend girls as young as 10 who are being removed from orphanages under the guise of being given work as scullery maids. After a successful rescue, the master of the house is found m...
  • Patti
    I didn't like the subject matter of this book, but got too far before I realized how much the orphan girls being set-up to work for the wealthy, but for wealthy homes that had wealthy men who wanted to rape them. I finished it, but maybe I shouldn't have.As a historical, one could tell that it was set in the past, but there was not enough information (for me) to establish it as Regency, or even post Regency.
  • Mary Steinbrink
    This book is nothing like the wonderful cozy mysteries this author usually writes. I found it disturbing and wish I hadn't read it. I wish I had known it wasn't a historical cozy.
  • Katreader
    A GENTLEWOMAN'S GUIDE TO MURDER by Victoria HamiltonThe First Gentlewoman's Guide to MurderRegency England may be remembered for its romances and lovely people living a life of frivolity and indulgence. But, that was the life of members of the ton. In reality, life was harder and much darker, especially for those on the lowest rungs of the service ladder. Miss Emmeline St. Germaine is a woman with a mission, as well as a double, if not triple, li...
  • Amy
    3.5 stars rounded up. I came across this book on Twitter at a time when I was looking for a new historical mystery author/series to try and I'm glad I read it. Overall I enjoyed it, though a few things didn't quite work for me.What I liked:- Emmeline had a strong motivation for investigating the murder. I've DNF'd a few books because the only reason the heroine investigated a crime was nosiness or a vague feeling of "being compelled".- Large cast...
  • Elizabeth Dodd
    Well done.With so much in the news recently about human trafficking, this is a very timely story.We have a group of (somewhat) privileged woman who want to help those less fortunate.The social restrictions of the time allow them little autonomy, so they have to act clandestinely .The insights into the lack of control over ones life if they are born femail, is brought home clearly.The clever ways to work around it are inspiring.Sadly, even the see...
  • Joshua Ian
    Not only a fun historical read but very timely as well. I don't like to give plot away in my reviews but it does center around a woman working to right wrongs done by men of the time. Wrongs ignored because of class, position, or just plain old misogyny. So it's great to see a female "superhero," flaws and all, in a great historical setting. This is a little less cozy than Hamilton's contemporary mysteries with more of a gothic edginess to it, an...
  • Kathy
    An interesting main character. Enough twists to keep one interested. A little disappointed in the ending, but it was fair. A hint at the end about the next book. I'd be interested in reading more from this author.
  • Lisa
    Disappointing. Wasn’t much that was identifiably of the Regency period and a few things that were definitely not correct to the period.
  • Linda
    Three and a half stars...to be compared/contrasted to Lady Molly of Scotland Yard; new-to-me author and a new series beginning for this author which was well done overall.
  • Jennifer
    Felt like there was a book I missed reading before this one.
  • Sara
    I really wanted to like this, but for whatever reason it just did not hold my interest at all.
  • Brenda Freeman
    I love women who break out of the box society puts them in, especially during historical periods. In this case the main character leaves three different lives.