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Works by Manda Collins

A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem (2020) 464 copies, 23 reviews
An Heiress's Guide to Deception and Desire (2021) 196 copies, 4 reviews
How to Dance With a Duke (2012) 136 copies, 13 reviews
A Spinster's Guide to Danger and Dukes (2022) 119 copies, 10 reviews
How to Romance a Rake (2012) 79 copies, 10 reviews
How to Entice an Earl (2013) 61 copies, 2 reviews
Why Dukes Say I Do (2013) 61 copies, 5 reviews
Ready Set Rogue (2017) 50 copies, 5 reviews
Duke with Benefits (2017) 43 copies, 8 reviews
Why Earls Fall in Love (2014) 41 copies, 1 review
A Governess's Guide to Passion and Peril (2024) 36 copies, 3 reviews
Why Lords Lose Their Hearts (2014) 35 copies, 3 reviews
One for the Rogue (2018) 30 copies, 4 reviews
A Good Rake is Hard to Find (2015) 29 copies, 2 reviews
Wallflower Most Wanted (2018) 29 copies, 7 reviews
The Perks of Being a Beauty (2013) 28 copies, 3 reviews
Good Dukes Wear Black (2016) 24 copies, 3 reviews
Good Earl Gone Bad (2015) 22 copies, 2 reviews
With This Christmas Ring (2017) 20 copies, 10 reviews
Legally Yours (2012) 13 copies
Once Upon a Christmas Kiss (2014) 11 copies, 2 reviews
The Rogue Goes On (2022) 11 copies
Rogue, Set, Match (2022) 10 copies


Common Knowledge

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It was hard to get into this story, the mystery was flimsy and the romance aspect lacked both realism and believability.

library book read 6/16/2024
catseyegreen | 22 other reviews | Jun 17, 2024 |
Another intriguing romance/mystery from the inimitable Amanda Collins.

When Jane Halliwell’s father, a high ranking diplomat, committed suicide due to his gambling debts Jane was shocked. Jane and her mother returned to England from Rome, unable to endure the ostracism they experienced from the diplomatic community. That included Lord Adrian Fielding, who’d been in and out of their home in Rome, and for whom the young Jane had conceived a crush.
With no funds to support them Jane’s mother had fled to a cousin in Scotland. Jane stayed in London determined eventually to make her way as a novelist
Now, five years later, Jane is working as a governess in the home of a diplomatic friend of her father’s, Lord Guilford. Guildford’s wife was not pleased and made Jane’s life difficult, treating her as a servant. Jane meets Adrian again at a symposium on roses being held at the Guilford's home.
Disaster strikes. Jane discovers Lord Guilford's body in his study. He’s been stabbed.
Now it seems other diplomats whose deaths has been put down to natural causes may have been murdered.
Jane joins forces with Adrian and Detective Inspector Eversham, agreeing to act as hostess for the symposium guests, in order to puzzle out the mystery of who’s been murdering the diplomats.
The Duke of Langham, Adrian’s brother, and his wife Poppy, also a friend of Jane’s, arrive to give assistance.
A fast paced who dunnit with a rekindled (sort of) romance nicely filling the gaps between murders.

A Forever ARC via NetGalley.
Many thanks to the author and publisher.
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eyes.2c | 2 other reviews | Mar 25, 2024 |
A Governess’s Guide to Passion and Peril by Manda Collins
Ladies Most Scandalous series #4. Historical murder mystery with romance. Can be read as a stand-alone but characters from the prior books play minor roles.
Jane Halliwell works as a governess though she grew up with social standing until her father died and the money disappeared. One night she is required to join the dinner table to even the numbers, when the hostess and her boss, tells Jane to fetch a shawl left behind in the library. When Jane discovers a dead body in the library, she is thrust into a mystery from the Foreign Office that may connect to her own father’s death. With the help of Lord Adrian Fielding, a longtime crush, Jane and Adrian ask questions, and follow clues to find a killer.

Friends from the prior books make an appearance but you don’t have to have read their stories to appreciate the helpful and supportive actions. The more connections, the more clues and potential reason for why the deaths are piling up. I liked the unswerving loyalty everyone had connected to the Foreign Office and how they helped each other. Quite the statement as opposed to the Ladies that thought Jane was suddenly unworthy. We need to do better.
Adrian and Jane together: smart is stronger than gossip.
The mystery is engaging. I admired Jane’s strength of character.

I received a copy of this from NetGalley.
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Madison_Fairbanks | 2 other reviews | Mar 24, 2024 |

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