Proper English by K.J. Charles

Proper English

A shooting party at the Earl of Witton’s remote country house is a high treat for champion shot Patricia Merton—until unexpected guests turn the social atmosphere dangerously sour.That’s not Pat’s biggest problem. She’s visiting her old friend, the Earl’s heir Jimmy Yoxall—but she wants to spend a lot more time with Jimmy’s fiancée. The irrepressible Miss Fenella Carruth, with her laughing eyes and lush curves, is the most glorio...

Details Proper English

TitleProper English
Release DateMay 8th, 2019
PublisherKJC Books
GenreRomance, Historical, Mystery, Historical Fiction, LGBT, Historical Romance

Reviews Proper English

  • Magali
    “How many country house murders do you think we’re likely to encounter?” OH FEN, MY SWEET SUMMER CHILD. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I can honestly say I love these gun-toting lesbians with my whole heart. (Also, going along with this whole “honesty” deal, I read the book and wrote this review on an 18-hour travel day so please forgive any delirium typos.)This book is a prequel of sorts to Think o...
  • Ami
    3.75 stars rounded upOld-time readers / fans of K.J. Charles who have read Think of England might remember Patricia Merton and Fenella Carruth; two secondary characters from the book. Proper English is the prequel, set two years before the event in Think of England, that tells how Patricia and Fenella first met: Patricia attends a shooting party while visiting her old friend, Jimmy Yoxall, who is recently engaged with Fenella.If I can use one w...
  • Stephanie
    A gloriously fun Agatha-Christie-style historical country-house murder mystery, sparkling with wit and full of great characters, including a really lovely romance between two equally fabulous heroines. I started reading my ARC in post-surgery recovery, when I could have felt really grim, and the sheer joy of this book really saved me. A total delight!
  • Caz
    4.5 stars/B+K.J. Charles’ latest book is a companion piece to Think of England, in which readers were first introduced to Pat Morton and Fenella (Fen) Carruth, a pair of formidable ladies who seem already to be rather adept at solving mysteries. Proper English takes place a couple of years before those events, and is their origin story, if you will.  It’s a witty, sharply observed, sweetly romantic and clever country house murder-mystery; in...
  • Joyfully Jay
    A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsOh, this story was such a delight! I was completely captivated and could barely put it down. Proper English develops a wonderful relationship between Pat and Fen, and then adds to it the drama of a remote country house party filled with interesting (and abhorrent) characters, along with a murder mystery twist. K.J. Charles just excels at wonderful character development and excellent historical elements and both are s...
  • Kaje Harper
    I was looking forward to this prequel story with Pat and Fen from Think of England and I really enjoyed seeing these two women meet. Pat is intelligent, self-contained and practical, raised along with her brothers enough to have the expectation that a woman should be just as capable as a man. She's a champion shot, and is used to running a household, but with the marriage of her oldest brother she's suddenly at loose ends, no longer mistress of h...
  • Freya Marske
    Literally everything I hoped for, this book provided. Murder! A house party full of awful people! Ladies bonding! Two of those ladies falling in love and having a lot of sex! The narrator being a thoroughly sensible person who is also a gay disaster! K.J. Charles just keeps getting better and better.
  • Helen Kord
    Oh this was absolutely magnificent. The f/f histrom of my dreams!!!!!!!! I loved it so much. Full review to come later but OH MY GOD KJ DID IT AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME WITH LESBIANSEdit: Okay usually I just delete the old gushy review and replace it with the actual review, but I find this one hilarious so I'm keeping it :D Here's my full review:Proper English made me think of all the Hercule Poirot stories I grew up on. There’s a hunting party full...
  • Laura
    Thank you very much to KJ Charles for providing an advance reading copy of her novel.I’ve been a fan of KJ Charles’ work since (checks Goodreads) 2014 when I read the first book in her A Charm of Magpies series, The Magpie Lord. I’ve read all of her books since that first one and have been patiently waiting for Charles to release a full-length f/f romance novel … and the book gods delivered!Proper English is a wonderfully fun and still pr...
  • Andrea
    3.5 stars rounded upIt was really nice seeing how Fen and Pat from Think of England started. And to think they met at yet another house party that turns into a good old-fashioned country house party murder mystery. Well. Not that old-fashioned. It's K.J. Charles, after all.
  • Hart
    I don't think I can really review this book right now in any way that will be helpful to other readers, because I loved it so much. When it comes out in paperback, I'll probably buy a copy just so I can literally draw hearts in the margins. I was in a major book slump before I started this. For the past few months, I've been rereading all my old favorites, while picking up a lot of new books, then eventually setting them aside. But I couldn't tea...
  • Kaa
    Yeah, I was pretty much guaranteed to enjoy this - I love KJ Charles's writing and I already had crushes on Pat and Fen from their appearances in Think of England. Getting a chance to see the beginning of their relationship was just wonderfully fun. I'm pretty indifferent to murder mystery plots, but I do love the cozy/creepy closed house mystery atmosphere.
  • Lotta
    Lovely. Edwardian house party murder mysteries are indeed the best ones. Review to come.OK, here goes:This is both a delightful romance and a country house, body in the library type murder mystery (but without the pesky racism you often find in Christie *and* with more lesbians). There is a nice wink to Murder on the Orient Express, an exotic dagger and a Bad Person who gets what's coming to them. It's also written in true KJ Charles style, with ...
  • retro
    Received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.So there is a trend in fiction that features a strong female protagonist to have her shun femininity in favor of more mannish pursuits (the tomboy who was raised by brothers), all while undergoing an unnecessary makeover scene at some point, to prove to the reader that, no, she's actually very conventionally attractive and desirable. When I started Proper English, I figured yep, I'm...
  • Aldi
    Wooooo! Nothing like a witty, Clue-like, atmospheric, fun, steamy f/f Edwardian murder mystery (by someone you already know can pull off both the Edwardian murder mystery and the f/f part) to pull you out of a super-shitty week and remind you that there's good stuff in the world. I adored Pat and Fen in Think of England, and I have been waiting for KJ Charles to do a full-length f/f story for several thousand years (only a tiiiiny exaggeration), ...
  • Roxana Chirilă
    After I first read one of her books at the beginning of 2018, K.J. Charles quickly became one of my favorite authors, despite my not reading romance in general. She herself is clever, witty and well-read (in fact, I was a fan of her blog posts and tweets before I read her novels) and her books are fun, well-written and quite amusing as a rule.So it's no wonder I've been dying to introduce her work to someone who doesn't read m/m - and "Proper Eng...
  • Talia Hibbert
    I have screamed about this book so constantly that I actually thought I'd reviewed it weeks ago. But no - all my reviews have been verbal, in the form of friendly harassment, i.e. "READ THIS F***KING BOOK OR ELSE". Yes, I am a fun person to know.Before I get into exactly why this historical f/f murder mystery romance is so great (if you need more than that description, I mean), it seems only fair to mention that this book is dedicated to me. I do...
  • Jess
    I'm so happy to report that my first K.J. Charles experience did NOT DISAPPOINT! :') I thought I was going in with zero expectations having never read any of her work, but it turns out I did have them and I realized this because this book definitely went beyond them. I truly enjoyed her writing style, the characters all felt real and were nicely fleshed-out, and both the romance and mystery elements in this were a DELIGHT. Honestly my only compla...
  • Anna
    Much more of a mystery than a romance, but absolutely delightful on both fronts. It's a "happily for now" rather than a "happily ever after" but I am given to understand this is an origin story for the main characters, who show up in other books as a happy couple. What I liked the most about this is kind of meta, but it was that this was a lesbian romance that did not have the male gaze at all, which is pretty hard to find, and I enjoyed it so mu...
  • Tori
    Delightful. What all f/f historical romance should be. I liked Pat and Fen so much in Think of England, so it was wonderful to see their origin story. They click very fast--the whole novel takes place over a couple of days--but it didn't feel rushed to me. I like how well they both understood and saw each other. And I like how well suited they were to each other. Eye of the beholder, and all that.
  • Lauren James
    I would die for K J Charles!! I love everything she writes, and as she's a very reliable author (she publishes a new novel every few months) I am a very happy reader. If you like your romance to be part thriller, part horror, part murder mystery, part magical adventure, then check out literally any one of K J Charles' books, because they're all perfect.
  • K
    F/F FROM KJ CHARLES with muuuuuuurder I LOVE IT ALREADY
  • Mo
    Warning: Spoilers for Proper English and Think of EnglandKJ Charles is a great novelist. Proper English is not, however, a very good novel. As such, it’s an excellent case study in the kind of pitfalls otherwise talented authors make all too often when writing f/f.Charles’ m/m books are typically written in a crisp, propulsive style, with strong characterization, deep passion, and an excellent grasp of historical realities. They demonstrate a...
  • Aussie54
    I wasn’t going to buy this book, as I don’t read f/f, but I’ve been disappointed with my reading choices lately, and decided to give it a go, as K.J. Charles is a good writer, and I did very much like these ladies in “Think of England”.It was an enjoyable read, but I didn’t love it as much as I did “Think of England”. That was much meatier, more interesting, with a better plot. But it was nice to see how Fen and Pat met. 3.5 stars...
  • Grace
    This was, no surprise, and ABSOLUTE delight!Charming characters, fascinating plot, and just a really fun, brilliantly written read. Pat was amazing, I loved her and Fen together, and honestly, all of the background characters and relationship intricacies were fantastically rendered.But it's K.J. Charles, so I really wouldn't expect anything less. :D
  • Kate
    I could’ve wished for this to be longer, or differently plotted - it’s billed as a country house mystery but the murder doesn’t happen until fairly late in the book and then is solved very rapidly and without much interest. Proper English is definitely no Christie. On the bright side, it’s definitely no Christie! There’s no simmering repressed misogyny or implied belief that All Real People Are White. Also both the central and secondary...
  • Vae
    "She looked like the kind of woman that angular, plain Pat could never have been, and had never particularly wanted to be. She'd never aspired to turn heads; she truly didn't think she was jealous of those who did.But oh, she ached at the sight of Fenella Carruth, lovely in the candlelight."Pat Merton, spinster and All-England Ladies' Champion shooter, goes to a shooting party for a pleasant break after her brother Jonty's wedding. Anticipating a...
  • Aarya Marsden
    4.5 stars (A minus). Guest Review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books:
  • Claire
    KJ Charles, friends. Her books often just don't work for me, but when they do, THEY REALLY, REALLY DO. I'm in love with this book. It was almost everything I've ever wanted in an f/f historical. The country house mystery! The murderee totally deserved it! But you know what made me happiest in this book? Fat. Fen is a fat, beautiful femme. She is universally acknowledged, not least by herself, as extremely pretty, in large part because of her gene...