Friday, September 20, 2019

Friday Memes: Lady Helena Investigates by Jane Steen

Happy Friday everybody!
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"The point is," said my brother Michael, "Helena can't possibly manage the estate now that Justin's dead. And this house is far too large for a widow with no children."
Friday 56:
"How often does Monsieur Fortier go to France?"

"Four times since he moved to Littleberry, the word is. With no explanation ever given. The Dermodys know what it's about right enough, but no hint escapes either of them. The servants can fathom the mystery. The Frenchie never takes a man with him on his travels."
This week I am spotlighting Lady Helena Investigates by Jane Steen. This book was a $.99 Kindle Deal. I chose it because I have been enjoying a lot of historical mysteries lately. Here is the description from Amazon:
A reluctant lady sleuth finds she’s investigating her own family.

Step into Lady Helena Whitcombe’s world with the first novel in a series that will blend family saga and mystery-driven action with a slow-burn romance in seven unputdownable investigations.

1881, Sussex. Lady Helena Scott-De Quincy’s marriage to Sir Justin Whitcombe, three years before, gave new purpose to a life almost destroyed by the death of Lady Helena’s first love. After all, shouldn’t the preoccupations of a wife and hostess be sufficient to fulfill any aristocratic female’s dreams? Such a shame their union wasn’t blessed by children . . . but Lady Helena is content with her quiet country life until Sir Justin is found dead in the river overlooked by their grand baroque mansion.

The intrusion of attractive, mysterious French physician Armand Fortier, with his meddling theory of murder, into Lady Helena’s first weeks of mourning is bad enough. But with her initial ineffective efforts at investigation and her attempts to revive her long-abandoned interest in herbalism comes the realization that she may have been mistaken about her own family’s past. Every family has its secrets—but as this absorbing series will reveal, the Scott-De Quincy family has more than most.

Can Lady Helena survive bereavement the second time around? Can she stand up to her six siblings’ assumption of the right to control her new life as a widow? And what role will Fortier—who, as a physician, is a most unsuitable companion for an earl’s daughter—play in her investigations?


  1. There's a typo in the beginning snippet...
    I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

  2. Hope you are enjoying your latest historical mystery. Happy Reading!

  3. I would read this one for the cover alone. I do like the sound of it though. Historical mysteries are among my favorites. Have a great weekend!

  4. I want to shake the man who said the first part! shake him till he cant stand straight! I went to Netgalley immediately to check this one out but its been archived a way back.

  5. I may have to start this series. Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren @ Always Me


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