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, LGBT, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance

Reviews Proper English

  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Caz
    4.5 stars/B+Review to follow.
  • 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.
  • 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), ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • K
    F/F FROM KJ CHARLES with muuuuuuurder I LOVE IT ALREADY
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Aarya Marsden
    4.5 stars (A minus). Guest Review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books:
  • Sharade
    KJ Charles did it again!Anyone who has ever heard me talk about romance books has necessarily heard me gush about Charles again and again. I was looking forward to this new release, and was lucky enough to receive an advance review copy (but whatever am I going to do with myself until the next one?)Set two years before the events of the excellent Think of England, Proper English reads like an homage to Agatha Christie - a gay homage, that is. The...
  • River Benson
    I've been hoping for this for years, and was SO EXCITED when I heard we were going to get it. Despite the fact that I've loved just about everything KJC has written, I was prepared to be disappointed, just because I had such high hopes. But actually, this was even more delightful than I expected. I listened to Think of England for the (mumble mumble)th time yesterday and this morning in ~preparation (though I pretty much have ToE memorized at thi...
  • Amy
    Thank you to the author for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!Rating: 3.5 starsTrigger warnings: guns, shooting (animals), sexism, racism. Rep: F/F romance.I have been waiting for a f/f romance from K.J Charles for a loonng time so I obviously jumped at the chance to read and review this one! Things I liked:-The writing style. As always with KJC (this is my 6th novel now), the writing was stunning and engrossing. -The last 40% was SUCH a ...
  • Elizabeth A
    It's hard to find f/f that works for me, but this one came through with bells on. They're total opposites, but they see what the other has to offer the world & support each other! There's pining, until they say f** it & kiss! The sex is no staid fade to black, it's on the page & sweet AND hot! Then they solve a murder as dark & twisty as any Agatha Christie, together, each displaying their own particular competencies, rescuing another more haples...
  • Sophie
    This is out today, so you should definitely get yourself a copy of this fabulous book!There’s nothing like a book fulfilling all your expectations and then some. KJ Charles is awfully good at writing books like that.“Proper English” is a prequel to “Think of England”, telling Pat and Fen’s story. I’ve been excited about this ever since I first heard about it, not least because I am always desperate for good f/f and knew I could trus...
  • Shannon Dyer
    Round up to 4.5 stars. A delightful romp filled with romance and mystery. Review to come at AAR.
  • 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...
  • Pernilla
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Lesbians! English house parties! The early 1900s! Romance! Murder! What's not to love about this book? One of KJ Charles's most beloved books is Think of England, which takes place at a remote house party. Two of the best side characters in that book are Pat and Fen, who (like everybody else at that house party) are not exactly what they seem. Now, to the acclaim of her fans, we are...
  • pauliree
    **ARC provided by the author for an honest review**For those of you who read the wonderful Think of England Pat and Fen are side characters in an intriguing house party where murder and treason plots are afoot. If you ever wondered on their story, this is it.Pat is the POV character, a plain, athletic woman, a gun, as they say, on her way with her brother for a spot of shooting at a country house belonging to the father of their friend, Jimmy, wh...
  • Amelia
    I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.Proper English is a frothy and fun Edwardian country house murder mystery that serves as a prequel to Think of England. In that book lesbian couple Pat and Fen save the day with their quick thinking and weapon skills, and Proper English serves as their origin story, developing their romance while they track down a murderer during a shooting party. As a big KJ Charles fan I've been...
  • Nicole
    This book is utterly delightful, and it was so much fun to read that I devoured it entirely in one day.I'm not going to recap the plot, because it's a murder mystery, you need to read it to find out who the killer is. I will say that while there's a murder and a murderer, well, bad people are bad and get what's coming to them. Pat and Fen are both delightful and charming and I really love their dynamic, and how they both strive to find good thing...
  • Z Aung
    Yes, I did finish it in a 2.5 hrs. It is now 1pm and I regret nothing. Pat and Fen were easily my favourite part of Think of England (sorry Archie and Daniel). And Pat's voice was perfect for this murder mystery. It was the cozy mystery I needed, with charm and attitude and so many hilarious call outs. Honestly, we should all be lucky to have someone like Pat in our lives; no nonsense, gets shit done, tells you like it is, and knows how to handle...