A Useful Woman

A Rosalind Thorne Mystery, #1

Rosalind Thorne knows how to put together a guest list and manage the social mores, her continued acceptance by polite society is based on her avoidance of even the mere rumor of dishonor. When a murder at Almack’s threatens not only Rosalind’s reputation, but also her godmother’s, Rosalind finds herself investigating. The suspects include some of the highest social classes, including her former suitor, Devon, Lord Casselmaine. With the help of a Bow Street Detective and a family servant, Rosalind quickly finds herself teetering not only on the edge of social ruin, but also with her own personal safety threatened. Thus, any affairs of the heart, are a secondary concern, but still prove to be a distraction.

There are a multitude of regency era mystery novels, so it takes a unique twist for an author to set theirs apart. Darcie Wilde has succeeded with “A Useful Woman” by creating a heroine who, while abandoned by her family, has managed to create a niche in London Society by being necessary due to her usefulness and eye for detail. The author has really given a behind the scenes look at Almack’s, while still keeping the reader interested in the characters and mystery. While at times Rosalind came across almost too perfect in her attitude and abilities, it didn't detract from the book. I look forward to reading more about Rosalind.

Book Blurb for A Useful Woman

Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen, this new mystery series set in 19th-century London introduces the charming and resourceful Rosalind Thorne, a woman privy to the secrets of high society—including who among the ton is capable of murder...

The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned the family. To survive in the only world she knew, she began to manage the affairs of some of London society’s most influential women, who have come to rely on her wit and discretion.

So, when artistocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in London’s most exclusive ballroom, Almack’s, Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncover the killer from a list of suspects that includes Almack’s powerful patronesses and her former suitor Devon Winterbourne, now Lord Casselmaine.

Torn between her old love and a growing attraction to a compelling Bow Street runner, Rosalind must not only unravel the mysteries surrounding Jasper’s death, but the mysteries of her own heart as well...

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2016 4.50