Lady Rosamund seems to have it all. She’s rich, twenty-four, and an aristocrat in Regency England. She also has a houseful of servants.
However, she also has undiagnosed OCD plus a husband who loves, both physically and mentally, another. Of course, Rosie knew about the non-sexual match she was making even before her marriage. The arrangement fit her asexuality and lack of interest in children rather well, she thought.
But now, there are three new challenges. One of her footmen dies after tumbling soundlessly down the stairs. Perhaps returning from a tryst with a maid or with Rosie herself? Now, the anonymous Corvus has made a cartoon allowing the whole of England to laugh at Rosie. And she also has an anonymous and threatening letter writer.
I enjoyed the characters within Lady Rosamund and the Poison Pen most of all. I especially appreciated Rosie’s journey from her pretentious, racist, and elitist beginnings to someone I wouldn’t mind as a best friend. The mysteries were easy to solve though I’m still a bit confused as to the footman’s death. However, that gave me more time to enjoy Rosie’s journey and her struggle with OCD when it had yet to be diagnosed. If you enjoy England’s Regency period historical fiction, this book is worth a look. 3 stars.
Thanks to the author, Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About Lady Rosamund and the Poison Pen:
A Rosie and McBrae Mystery
Lady Rosamund and the Poison Pen: A Rosie and McBrae Mystery
Historical Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Level Best Books (April 21, 2020)
Paperback: 244 pages
Digital ASIN: B087BBLLNL
Lady Rosamund Phipps, daughter of an earl, has a secret. Well, more than one. Such as the fact that she’s so uninterested in sex that she married a man who promised to leave her alone and stick to his mistress. And a secret only her family knows—the mortifying compulsion to check things over and over. Society condemns people like her to asylums. But when she discovers the dead body of a footman on the stairs, everything she’s tried to hide for years may be spilled out in broad daylight.
First the anonymous caricaturist, Corvus, implicates Lady Rosamund in a series of scandalous prints. Worse, though, are the poison pen letters that indicate someone knows the shameful secret of her compulsions. She cannot do detective work on her own without seeming odder than she already is, but she has no choice if she is to unmask both Corvus and the poison pen.
About Barbara Monjem
Winner of the Holt Medallion, Maggie, Daphne du Maurier, Reviewer’s Choice and Epic awards, Barbara Monajem wrote her first story at eight years old about apple tree gnomes. She published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young. When they grew up, she turned to writing for adults, first the Bayou Gavotte paranormal mysteries and then Regency romances with intrepid heroines and long-suffering heroes (or vice versa). Some of her Regencies have magic in them and some don’t (except for the magic of love, which is in every story she writes).
Barbara loves to cook, especially soups, and is an avid reader. There are only two items on her bucket list: to make asparagus pudding and succeed at knitting socks. She’ll manage the first but doubts she’ll ever accomplish the second. This is not a bid for immortality but merely the dismal truth. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.
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