Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Review - Of Manners and Murder

Title:   Of Manners and Murder
Author:  Anastasia Hastings
Series:  Dear Miss Hermione Mystery #1
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   304
Date of Publication:   February 7, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars


Of Manners and Murder is the first in the delightful new Dear Miss Hermione mystery series from Anastasia Hastings.

1885: London, England. When Violet's Aunt Adelia decides to abscond with her newest paramour, she leaves behind her role as the most popular Agony Aunt in London, "Miss Hermione," in Violet's hands.

And of course, the first letter Violet receives is full, not of prissy pondering, but of portent, Ivy Armstrong is in need of help and fears for her life. But when Violet visits the village where the letters were posted, she find that Ivy is already dead.

She'll quickly discover that when you represent the best-loved Agony Aunt in Britain, both marauding husbands and murder are par for the course.

Violet has a new job. She now has the job of advice columnist which was dropped into her lap by her aunt. As she opens one of the letters that has come in, she delves deep. So deep in fact, her search takes her to a small village where she discovers that the author of that letter’s name was Ivy. And that Ivy is now dead. Not believing the rule of death as being suicide, Violet takes it upon herself to investigate Ivy's life, her recent marriage, and anything that would net her the answers she seeks. 

With her interest sparked, wonderful instincts and the ability to ask the perfect questions, Violet just might be able to solve whatever it was behind Ivy’s untimely death. While too late to have helped via the advice column, Violet is determined to find justice for Ivy.

This intriguing first book in a new series is told in first person from both Violet and her sister Sephora's point of view. This book offers a seamless introduction to a delightful new series with enjoyable characters. I definitely look forward to the next book in this promising series. 

Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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