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Publisher's Summary

A romance develops as a detective partners with a lonely-hearts columnist to solve a murder mystery.

London, 1885

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple’s blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe - a grieving widower and a member of Amelie’s book club.

Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law died in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.

When a woman’s body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman’s husband - Harold Radcliffe - of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe’s innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.

They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.

©2021 Nancy Campbell Allen (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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LOVE this book and the narrator!

I absolutely loved this book. It is clean, has romance and mystery and is read by my favorite narrator. So far I have loved everything written by Nancy Campbell Allen. I would recommend this book to all of my friends that enjoy a good, clean romance.

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NOT A MYSTERY

This is a Mormon "secular romance" and "clean." Aka it follows Mormon rules but it's not explicitly religious and "clean" is code for "nothing really happens". If it was marketed as what it is, it would earn 5 stars. The plot is deeply, DEEPLY dull but the writing, characterization and narration are pretty good. There are murders but in a stunning turnabout they immediately tell you who did it and there are no real stakes involved in catching the killer. The romance is similarly obvious with no real conflict. Bold choice for a murder mystery. I assume that's de rigeur for a clean romance. It's the literary equivalent to Maypo. Whoever tagged this as mystery- mystery thriller is an evil agent of chaos. Please know I wasted hours and hate you. I hope you stub your toe and smile at your crush with spinach in your teeth.

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A Independent heroine that isn’t foolish.

A good story with a charming heroine. The h a 21 year old “independent woman” is a smart character that proudly lets her working status be known, she is also a wise woman that knows getting help and sharing burdens isn’t a mark against her independent character. There are no insipid moments of trying to take the villain on her own, something I truly appreciated.

The stage has been set with other interesting characters for what I hope will be a series.

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Another great story and narration

I have lived almost every single book by this author and so far, every book by this narrator. As usual, great depth of characters. Strong male and female leads and “proper” romance.

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Delightful

What a truly delightful story! Intriguing characters, lots of suspense, sweet (sometimes cheeky) romance… And wonderful narration. I have truly enjoyed all of Nancy Campbell Allen’s books but I was a little concerned that this seemed a departure from her previous writings. I need not have been concerned. This was such fun and I absolutely loved Michael and Amelie. I absolutely hope, almost demand, that we hear more from all of the supporting characters in this one. Loved it!

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wonderful adventure

I absolutely loved this book! a good variety of mystery, romance, suspense and creativity. I plan to read more from this author, hope you enjoy as much as I have!

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Great read

A sweet story with just the right amount of suspense and intrigue. the narration was fantastic.

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Murder Mystery and Regency love story!

Enjoyed it from start to finish! Nancy Campbell Allen weaves a clever and rich story. Justine Eyer is my favorite narrator.

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Perfect escape read!

The perfect book and performance! An easy escape read with witty dialogue and developed characters. I hope to read many more like this!

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pleasant romance with a truly heinous villain

I found the main characters likeable. While the heroine starts out a bit naive, her growth is believable and she become the more self-sufficient person she wanted to be. They work well together with no unnecessary drama for drama's sake (a personal pet peeve in some romances).

Once again, Nancy Campbell Allen wrote a truly despicable villain. Maybe I found him more upsetting than some would, because I knew and was hunted by a predator like that. The author really captured that kind of manipulative, confident, seemingly charismatic monster. I think the realism of her villains sets this author apart from others in the genre.

Don't get me wrong, this is still a sweet romance, some may call it a cozy mystery even, but there is a sense of urgency because this murderer is three dimensional.

My only complaint: if this is a series, which it absolutely should be, the rest are not on Audible. Please write stories for the cousins! I want to see these characters again.

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  • 03-22-22

OK

Slightly irritating nativity, a couple of Americanisms, which appear in most stories now, to appeal over the water. I do wonder why as they have read English books for years and obviously understood them. why start pandering in the last 5 years?

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  • 11-27-21

delightful

This was a fun story, very enjoyable and easy to listen to. I loved it.

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  • The Curator
  • 09-24-21

Justine Eyre is better than this!

Not a bad story and enjoyable characters but whoever directed and had Justine Eyre do such a silly voice deserves opprobrium on a grand scale.

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  • Natalia
  • 08-21-22

Should be a classic

Set in London in the times of horse drawn carriages. The protagonist, a writer for a womens’ advice magazine becomes entangled in a web of secrets and plots. Unexpected twists throughout and so enchanting that I stayed up all night to find out what would happen next.
Great narrator with a good and gentle vocal range and quite a soothing voice.
Highly recommend.

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  • 04-26-22

Recommended

Interesting story with enough plot development to keep me engaged throughout. Well devised main and secondary characters (thankfully none were annoying). Good narration - easy to listen to.

The romance was handled nicely though I felt the love declaration came very quickly but perhaps that’s just how things were in those days and/or the author was trying to round up the story.

I found it enjoyable and recommend.

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  • 11-11-21

Romance and Murder

Loved the full character development of even the lesser supporting ones, and a good bit of suspence with murder and romance.

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  • 10-22-21

Reasonably entertaining

This is the first of this type of story I have listened to. There was nothing remarkable about it, but there was nothing offensive or irritating. Predictable? Yes. But it passed the time while I did mundane chores. It is not one I would listen to again but would recommend with an indifferent shrug.

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  • 10-17-21

Utterly charming

I listened to this straight through. The characters took on a life of their own. The plot had just the right amount of suspense. The antagonist was just viciousness enough to make me fear for the MC’s.
This is not a cosy mystery but it is also not a thriller.
There were, unfortunately, a couple of plot holes (how the antagonist gained access to a house and how a minor character was lured into a trap) but luckily they didn’t much spoil the story.
The narrator had a voice that perfectly fit the situation and was pleasant to the ear.