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Why Kill A Countess? - A Regency Murder Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Kate Harper
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Harriet Honeywood anticipates a delightful stay in the country when she and her soon-to-be-husband Aubrey, Viscount Talisker are invited down to Bellincourt, the country estate of the Dowager Countess, Lady Gracedale. But instead of tranquility and the opportunity to steal some time with her beloved, Harry finds the atmosphere of the house to be singularly tense. Nobody seems to like each other in the least and grudges, both old and new are quick to surface. It is all most uncomfortable - especially for the luckless Mr. Charles Lampforth who has been lured down with the promise of an agreeable few days in the country - and discomfort turns to alarm when the Dowager Countess turns up dead. Will Harry, Aubrey and Charlie be able to unmask a brutal killer before they disappear back into Society? Or will the malice that walks in beautiful Bellincourt reach out to take even more lives?


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  • File Size: 1302 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ESDIG4C
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They're Back! September 9, 2013
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I really enjoyed "Lord Scoundrel Dies" and I was thrilled to see another Harriet, Aubrey and Charlie book, especially because I wanted to see how things were going between Harry and Aubrey. It was great to see that they maintained the aspects about their characters that I loved in the first book, while still growing as people and enjoying the new dynamics of their relationships. The little teases between Harriet and Aubrey were especially enjoyable... part of me wishes he was a rake and wasn't making Harry wait for their wedding night (and she wishes the same thing) but even so, the little intimate moments between them and the lack of consummation made for very enjoyable reading that anyone can enjoy.

The mystery in this one was just as good as the first, I was trying to solve it along with the characters and while I ended up with some suspicions I wasn't sure up until the very end who it was - and I definitely hadn't guessed the reasons why, although discovering them it all made a lot of sense. This book was rather sadder than the first, because I got rather attached to Emily before she was murdered... it definitely made me more involved in wanting to know whodunnit.

I was hoping for a little side romance between Charlie and Emily's niece, but alas... perhaps in future books. Since he did manage to talk to her, which is something he struggles with when it comes to other ladies.

I didn't realize that Ms. Harper was making a series when I read "Lord Scoundrel Dies," but I'm glad that she is! I loved both the new mystery and the old characters and getting to see their story continue even as they solve a new crime. Despite the sadness I felt over Emily's death, I definitely still classify this book as a good fun read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series - an author worth following September 18, 2013
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Harriet Honeywood is one of three main characters but Harriet (Harry) is a jewel in that she goes against all the norms of the "ton" and trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes. This is the second book in the series, Lord Scoundrel Dies being the first book, and I anxiously awaited this second installment which did not disappoint. The characters will draw you in. The plot is developed and will keep you guessing just who the murderer is. Harry is by no means a Lady Emily (Tasha Alexander) or Lady Julia (Deanna Raybourn) but is more on the order of a well-heeled, well bred, well spoken tomboy which is what makes her character shine and differs her from most regency heroines. The story moves along at a comfortable pace, not lagging in any parts, but it is the interactions between characters that are most endearing, even while they're arguing or verbally smiting one another, and I found it very difficult to turn off my Kindle before finishing the book. My suggestion is that you first read Lord Scoundrel Dies (I've reviewed that in more detail which also applies here). I categorize these books as cozi's with guts. The writing is excellent. This author knows how to write a good story and I will continue to follow these characters in the next installment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing November 22, 2013
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Aubrey Talisker, Harriet (Harry) Honeywell and Charles Lampforth have been invited for the weekend to the country estate of the dowager countess, Lady Gracedale. Also invited are her three stepchildren by her deceased husband's first wife and several other people. It soon becomes apparent that they all loathe one another. In an attempt to bring harmony to the family, Lady Gracewell intends to announce the next day that she will be returning the family home to them. The next morning she is found murdered. Aubrey, Harry and Charles decide that they will help the local magistrate to determine who the murderer is and why the murder was committed.

I had so much enjoyed the first book in the series, "Lord Scoundrel Dies", giving it a five star rating, that I immediately purchased this one and started reading it. It was not long into the first chapter that I realized I had made a mistake. The author apparently couldn't decide whether to write a Regency romance or a Regency mystery and decided to combine both in one novel. I quickly grew tired of hearts fluttering in chests and heat rising to cheeks and wondered why these people didn't head to the nearest clinic to have EKG tests performed. Wrong time period, I suppose. The characters are interesting as is the way that the three protagonists deftly handle them while trying to avoid offending their sensibilities. It is rather bad form to even hint that a member of the "ton" could possibly fail to maintain the proprieties expected of one of that class by stabbing another member to death. I wish there were more of that and less of, "Thrust against his long, hard body Harry experienced the familiar rush of delicious heat such close contact usually provoked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! September 24, 2013
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A great mystery with great main characters! Harry is a wonderful heroine! I love the romance between her and Aubrey. Charlie and Harry's friendship is one for the books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why Kill a Countess November 3, 2013
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I started this book without reading the first book in the series & found I didn't enjoy it so I went to the beginning book to see how the three main characters came together & what happened as there are references in the second book.

When I came back to this book, the second in the series, it made more sense.

I thought the ending a surprise though I had thought I knew who the killer was due to another red herring in the mystery. I liked realizing I was right.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars More, please
This is the second novel in what I hope will be more from Kate Harper involving her three intrepid friends, Lord and soon to be Lady Talisker, and their friend, Charles Lampworth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Long time fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Why Kill A Countess
Well constructed and amusing Regency mystery. The author keeps the reader intrigued and puzzled throughout with interesting and likeable characters.
Published 2 months ago by louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery.
The story kept one guessing about possible suspects until the end.
The real killer was not one of the main suspects.
Published 3 months ago by CB
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Kill A Countess?
The author certainly holds your attention and keeps you spellbound from the very start. I will definitely have to read more of her works.
Published 3 months ago by Vicky/
5.0 out of 5 stars The second Harry and Aubrey book
Actually I read this book first and really enjoyed it. The suspense was there and the romance was realistic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laurel Natale
2.0 out of 5 stars eh. there are better regency period murder mysteries
There were some things I liked about the book. The dynamic between Harry, Charles, and Aubrey was the highlight, otherwise Harry and Aubrey would have just slid into mediocre... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Constance Star Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars Sixty-nine and counting
What a wonderful book! Had kept me guessing until the very end. Kate is such a wonderful writer and actually has a wonderful proof reader. Keep them coming Kate.
Published 4 months ago by Unknown
1.0 out of 5 stars Avd
Very good read. I am now reading the first book so that I can get to know the characters better.
Published 4 months ago by Anna DeCasseres
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable mystery
Harper continues the story of Harry & Aubrey (begun in Lord Scoundrel Dies) with another murder to be solved. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miss Lizzy 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but needs more Historic background as a foundation..
I gave this a full four stars. It would be good if the Author would include more history. That period in time (the Regency of George III) was very important. Read more
Published 4 months ago by oldaddy
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Like most writers I've always read and I've always got something going on in my head, story-wise. Mostly dialogue - at least, I hope that's dialogue and not something more serious - which inevitably makes demands on me.

I can recall lying under my bed when I was nine with a candle, a piece of scrap paper and a pencil, rewriting a disappointing ending to a book that had been pretty good up until those final pages. I'd 'borrowed' a highly unsuitable romance from an elderly lady and had gobbled it down in a day. I took away three things from that first sojourn into making up my own, far more satisfactory world. 1/ the hero really needs to end up with the heroine, no matter how irritating she is cause that is what romance is all about. Happy endings, even if they're unexpected. 2/ I liked storytelling so much that maybe it was something I could do on a regular basis. My people could behave as they were supposed to. And... 3/ burning a candle under a pile of highly combustible bedding is a really stupid thing to do. Or so my mother pointed out. I'm lucky I'm not toast.

Writing is a wonderful escape and nothing says run away with me better than romance. So that's what I pursue... historical (particularly Regency... oh man, Regency. Where the men wore breeches and the women appreciated the fact), suspense and contemporary. You can always check them out on Amazon or at www.kate-harper.com. On a more personal note, I live with my partner (no breeches), my kids and a hoard of animals that shed fur into my coffee on a regular basis. We live in a particularly beautiful part of Victoria, in Australia and feel pretty lucky to do so.

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