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An intrepid female reporter matches wits with a serious, sexy detective in award-winning author Manda Collins' fun and flirty historical rom-com! England, 1865 : As one of England's most notorious newspaper columnists, Lady Katherine Bascomb believes knowledge is power. And she's determined to inform and educate the ladies of London on the nefarious-and deadly-criminals An intrepid female reporter matches wits with a serious, sexy detective in award-winning author Manda Collins' fun and flirty historical rom-com! England, 1865 : As one of England's most notorious newspaper columnists, Lady Katherine Bascomb believes knowledge is power. And she's determined to inform and educate the ladies of London on the nefarious-and deadly-criminals who are preying on the fairer sex. When her reporting leads to the arrest of a notorious killer, however, Katherine flees to a country house party to escape her newfound notoriety-only to witness a murder on her very first night. And when the lead detective accuses Katherine of inflaming-rather than informing-the public with her column, she vows to prove him wrong. Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham's refusal to compromise his investigations nearly cost him his own career, and he blames Katherine. To avoid bad publicity, his superiors are pressuring him to solve cases quickly rather than correctly. When he discovers she's the key witness in a new crime, he's determined to prevent the beautiful widow from once again wreaking havoc on his case. Yet as Katherine proves surprisingly insightful and Andrew impresses Katherine with his lethal competency, both are forced to admit the fire between them is more flirtatious than furious. But to explore the passion between them, they'll need to catch a killer.


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An intrepid female reporter matches wits with a serious, sexy detective in award-winning author Manda Collins' fun and flirty historical rom-com! England, 1865 : As one of England's most notorious newspaper columnists, Lady Katherine Bascomb believes knowledge is power. And she's determined to inform and educate the ladies of London on the nefarious-and deadly-criminals An intrepid female reporter matches wits with a serious, sexy detective in award-winning author Manda Collins' fun and flirty historical rom-com! England, 1865 : As one of England's most notorious newspaper columnists, Lady Katherine Bascomb believes knowledge is power. And she's determined to inform and educate the ladies of London on the nefarious-and deadly-criminals who are preying on the fairer sex. When her reporting leads to the arrest of a notorious killer, however, Katherine flees to a country house party to escape her newfound notoriety-only to witness a murder on her very first night. And when the lead detective accuses Katherine of inflaming-rather than informing-the public with her column, she vows to prove him wrong. Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham's refusal to compromise his investigations nearly cost him his own career, and he blames Katherine. To avoid bad publicity, his superiors are pressuring him to solve cases quickly rather than correctly. When he discovers she's the key witness in a new crime, he's determined to prevent the beautiful widow from once again wreaking havoc on his case. Yet as Katherine proves surprisingly insightful and Andrew impresses Katherine with his lethal competency, both are forced to admit the fire between them is more flirtatious than furious. But to explore the passion between them, they'll need to catch a killer.

30 review for A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Yesss, this was what I need and what I wholeheartedly enjoy! Murder mystery meets romcom might be my dreamy blend that I never get bored from! A sharp witted, smart lady columnist teams up with charming detective who blames her for nearly ending his career to catch a serial killer who murders the people violate the rules of Ten Commandments! And guess what! After taking from the case, our charming as hell detective Andrew Eversham is assigned for the murder case in countryside village which has Yesss, this was what I need and what I wholeheartedly enjoy! Murder mystery meets romcom might be my dreamy blend that I never get bored from! A sharp witted, smart lady columnist teams up with charming detective who blames her for nearly ending his career to catch a serial killer who murders the people violate the rules of Ten Commandments! And guess what! After taking from the case, our charming as hell detective Andrew Eversham is assigned for the murder case in countryside village which has quite similarities with the murders of the serial killer they presumedly caught. What if they put the wrong man behind the bars, misguided by fiery columnist Lady Bascomb’s article? And guess who is also the key witness of Eversham’s new case? Of course you know who she is! The very same Katherine Bascomb!!! Their paths are unfortunately crossed again. And Eversham has second thoughts for misjudging Lady Bascomb who is apologizing him for causing the obstruction of the justice with her article, pointing at the wrong man and putting a key witness’ life in danger. Sudden Eversham’s change of heart, his undeniable attraction to this witty and beautiful lady could jeopardize his position as a honorable inspector but he barely holds himself for nor falling for her hard and dear lady Bascomb also has worries after being married with a controlling asshole for a long time, she wants to be with a man showing the respect she deserves, accepting equal partnership. The identity of the serial killer (at least some part of it ) was predictable but we get our logical answers! The interrogation and investigation process at countryside were intriguing and kept my attention intact! It was entertaining, riveting murder mystery with feminism vibes and criticizing realistic approach of class differences. Katherine’s writing partner Caro Hardcastle and her restless cat were so adorable! I cannot wait to read her and Lord Valentine Thorn’s book! Both of them are fiery, smart characters! Overall: another fastest reads of mine! I’m giving my mysterious, 19th century British, glamorous, enjoyable, clever and well earned four stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing/ Forever for sharing this very impressive digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Manda Collins

    Accidentally gave myself two stars. Couldn't undo and go back to no rating so gave up and gave myself five stars because to quote RuPaul "if you can't love your self how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?" Or something... Accidentally gave myself two stars. Couldn't undo and go back to no rating so gave up and gave myself five stars because to quote RuPaul "if you can't love your self how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?" Or something...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Collins is a delight! I read A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem waaay past my bedtime, absorbed by its spot-on period detail, the well-crafted characters, and of course the intriguing mystery. Brava! Collins is a delight! I read A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem waaay past my bedtime, absorbed by its spot-on period detail, the well-crafted characters, and of course the intriguing mystery. Brava!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In a nutshell: I yawned my way through this book 🥱 A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is not the worst book I've ever read, but it's also not a very engaging or exciting book. Lady Katherine Bascomb is a widow who now runs her late husband's newspaper company and she has begun a new column detailing her own investigation into the Commandments serial killings. But when her article leads to the arrest of the killer, it almost ruin I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In a nutshell: I yawned my way through this book 🥱 A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is not the worst book I've ever read, but it's also not a very engaging or exciting book. Lady Katherine Bascomb is a widow who now runs her late husband's newspaper company and she has begun a new column detailing her own investigation into the Commandments serial killings. But when her article leads to the arrest of the killer, it almost ruins Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham's career in the process. And it just so happens that a person is killed at the house party that Katherine is attending, thus requiring the presence of Andrew as the lead investigator. So that's twice now that Katherine is involved in a murder investigation. Conceptually-speaking, this book does not have the worst storyline ever; in fact, there are some pretty great tropes at play here. But the writing style leads to a bland and unexciting excecution. The blurb would lead you to believe that this is an intense enemies to lovers romance, but it actually isn't the case. Yes, the hero and heroine don't start off on the right foot. But they are actually pretty mature. After their first terrible encounter, they actually talk to each other and quickly understand each other's side of the story. And I actually liked that Katherine and Andrew talked to each other and came to an understanding. That being said, there is absolutely no chemistry between them. The build up of tension is as bland as the writing style. I also feel like Katherine and Andrew did not truly know each other. Everything that we know about Katherine, we find out directly through her best friend, Val. Katherine herself never talks about her past or her family in detail. She barely even thinks about them, aside from constantly mentioning that she loves her freedom as a widow. Val is the one who tells the hero and the reader all about Katherine's past, which feels disingenuous because why should I get to know the heroine through stories that her best friend is telling me? As the reader, I should be connecting to the heroine on an emotional level, but the heroine distances herself from even the reader. As for Andrew, I feel like I know him a tiny bit better than I know Katherine. But even in his case, we are finding out important information about his past at the 85% mark, which is just ridiculous. That's poor characterization. Furthermore, we are told that Caro and Katherine have only known each other for over a month, and yet, they are best friends who know every single thing about each other. It was so strange; it almost felt as if Caro was a childhood friend instead. And speaking of Caro, she and Val had much better chemistry than Katherine and Andrew. I also, for the life of me, could not understand why Katherine was pissed at Andrew when she is the one who kept compromising his investigation? I understand that she does not like it when he orders her around, but why does she think she is entitled to take over his official police investigation? Make it make sense. As for the murder plot, it is quite dull even though the mystery takes place at a house party. In theory, the concept of this book sounds exciting, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. To be quite frank, I think it's the writing style that didn't do it for me. Manda Collins is a good writer, but I just don't think that her writing style lends itself to the kind of story she was trying to tell here. Of course, I could be completely wrong in my interpretation, given that this is the first book I've read by this author. Who knows? But the execution of this book just didn't work for me, unfortunately.

  5. 5 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    On my blog. CWs: gore, murder, past domestic abuse Galley provided by publisher If there’s one intersection of genres that I love, it’s historical romance mysteries. Firstly, the historical setting provides the perfect amount of yearning (because of the social norms of the time), and secondly, mystery seems to me a perfect vehicle for advancing a romance. Two individuals having to work together to solve a problem? Falling in love along the way? Nothing can compare. In A Lady’s Guide to Mischief On my blog. CWs: gore, murder, past domestic abuse Galley provided by publisher If there’s one intersection of genres that I love, it’s historical romance mysteries. Firstly, the historical setting provides the perfect amount of yearning (because of the social norms of the time), and secondly, mystery seems to me a perfect vehicle for advancing a romance. Two individuals having to work together to solve a problem? Falling in love along the way? Nothing can compare. In A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem, London is being terrorised by the Commandments Killer, an individual who is going around killing those who have broken one of the Ten Commandments. When Katherine, a crime reporter, realises that the police have failed to interview a key witness, she takes it upon herself to do so, while criticising the lead detective for not doing it. When he is taken off the case, and an innocent man is subsequently arrested, Katherine decides to leave London for the Lakes, in the hopes of finding some way to help him, since it was her information that got him imprisoned (which, you know, seems a bit privileged. Oh, oops, you’re arrested, I’m heading north. But alright). However, the murders follow her and, when another body is found, this time in the grounds of the house she is staying at, she is forced to work with the detective she got demoted to find the killer. I’m going to split this review into two sections: the romance and the mystery. Mainly because I had...wildly different feelings about the both of them, let’s say. First, the romance. Despite occasionally feeling that the pacing was a little off for it (namely, how fast they fell in love), it was a romance I was rooting for throughout. I wanted to see Andrew and Katherine work things out, although, like I said, it all happened quite fast. Sort of parallel to the romance was the potential for romance between Caro and Val, which makes me very excited for what the second book may bring. Overall, then, the romance and characters are what made me enjoy this book as much as I did. And, really, were the reason I wanted to read it, the mystery was just a bonus. Speaking of the mystery — and I don’t know if this is a product of my having read/watched way too many — but the culprit was blindingly obvious. The first scene following the discovery of the body, where everyone was properly introduced as characters, I picked out who did it. In part, it was that obviousness, but there was also, assuming the culprit to be one of the cast, no one else it could conceivably have been. I’m not saying this is bad writing or whatever, because clearly I wasn’t here for the mystery, but it did make said mystery lose any tension. And then the reasons behind the murders? I didn’t quite get the leap of logic that lead to murder, and I’m not the biggest fan of the (view spoiler)[“actually they were just a bit nuts” (hide spoiler)] trope. And why the murders started in London when the real location was centered on where they ended up in the Lakes was lost on me. Because they could? I don’t know, all I’m saying is that the whole mystery felt a bit loosely plotted. But, as I said, I didn’t really come for the mystery, I came for the romance. And as a romance book, it has a couple you can root for and it’s a whole lot of fun to read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Syndi

    DNF When I stumbled into A lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem, I though this book maybe what I need to read since I was broading my romance genre into historical romance. I had so much fun r listening to Bringing Down the Duke. Sadly instead of liking this book, I have to shelved it under DNF. Miss Collins had a good idea mixing the romance and the rom com. But the execution is done poorly. I can not help yawning and losing interest listening to the audiobook. Instead of falling asleep on my work DNF When I stumbled into A lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem, I though this book maybe what I need to read since I was broading my romance genre into historical romance. I had so much fun r listening to Bringing Down the Duke. Sadly instead of liking this book, I have to shelved it under DNF. Miss Collins had a good idea mixing the romance and the rom com. But the execution is done poorly. I can not help yawning and losing interest listening to the audiobook. Instead of falling asleep on my work desk, I quickly shelved this under DNF. 2 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roaringwave

    2.5/5 Meh. The romance felt too rushed, and I felt like the killers’ motive wasn’t good enough but it was enjoyable enough.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    INTO IT! The mystery and the romance were realllly well balanced, which I think I usually don't find it to be the case? Also all of the female characters were SO GREAT and I basically want to stories for everyone . . . starting of course with Caro. WHAT A SEQUEL BAIT. INTO IT! The mystery and the romance were realllly well balanced, which I think I usually don't find it to be the case? Also all of the female characters were SO GREAT and I basically want to stories for everyone . . . starting of course with Caro. WHAT A SEQUEL BAIT.

  9. 5 out of 5

    PlotTrysts

    A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is a cozy little mystery-cum-romance. Kate (that's Lady Katherine Bascomb to you!) owns and writes for her own newspaper. When she engages in a little investigative journalism, she inadvertently stunts the career of Andrew Eversham, Detective Investigator with Scotland Yard, and implicates an innocent man as a serial killer. When there's another murder that fits the profile of the others, our MCs are thrown together - Kate discovers the body, and Andrew is s A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is a cozy little mystery-cum-romance. Kate (that's Lady Katherine Bascomb to you!) owns and writes for her own newspaper. When she engages in a little investigative journalism, she inadvertently stunts the career of Andrew Eversham, Detective Investigator with Scotland Yard, and implicates an innocent man as a serial killer. When there's another murder that fits the profile of the others, our MCs are thrown together - Kate discovers the body, and Andrew is sent to investigate. We felt that this was slightly more mystery than romance, making it a perfect fall read. It also follows the lead of some recent historical romance releases in that it has a decidedly feminist slant. Kate's newspaper publishes articles for all classes of society, but her columns - written for women - focus on those subjects that are considered too crass for women's eyes. We also enjoy reading romances where both the hero and heroine have to bend a little for each other. Kate has to face the fact that her impetuous journalism, while factual, had negative consequences for at least two men, and that her preconceived notions about Andrew were incorrect. Andrew, for his part, has to deal with his realization that not only is his employer not as impartial as it appears, but also that his whole concept of society needs to be reassessed. (We are suckers for the man-of-law on the straight-and-narrow who has a hard time grasping that other people are not as honorable as he is.) And for anyone wondering, yes, the book is steamy - but not too steamy! 48-Word Summaries: Meg: What to do when you inadvertently ruin the standing of a decent (and hot) Scotland Yard investigator with your well-researched journalism? Rehabilitate his reputation, help him solve a murder, and raise his consciousness so you can destroy the patriarchy together. Also make sure to evaluate his bedroom skills. Laine: Widowed newspaper owner takes the investigation of a serial killer rampaging London into her own hands, which results in exposing the incompetence of Scotland Yard. As a result, the police investigator in charge is fired and the resulting sparks he feels for her aren't just those of anger. *Note: This objective review is based on a complimentary advanced reader copy of the book. www.linktr.ee/plottrysts

  10. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: A Lady’s Guide #1 Publication Date: 11/10/20 Number of Pages: 368 I thoroughly enjoyed this read, but I think I need to tell you that the focus of the book is the mystery rather than the romance. Yes, there is a romance and a bit of a HEA, but the mystery is the central point. For me personally, that is just the way I like it – I love a good historical mystery, but I do need a bit of romance to be included. That is exactly what I got in this book. Like other reviewers have said, I didn’t ex Series: A Lady’s Guide #1 Publication Date: 11/10/20 Number of Pages: 368 I thoroughly enjoyed this read, but I think I need to tell you that the focus of the book is the mystery rather than the romance. Yes, there is a romance and a bit of a HEA, but the mystery is the central point. For me personally, that is just the way I like it – I love a good historical mystery, but I do need a bit of romance to be included. That is exactly what I got in this book. Like other reviewers have said, I didn’t exactly buy the instant chemistry between the main characters. However, I think that is more because the focus wasn’t on the romance and so it wasn’t developed as much as it would have been in a strictly romance book – or a book where the mystery was secondary and the romance was primary. I loved the secondary characters, Val and Caro, who will be featured in the next book – and it sounds like there might be more of a romance there because these two already have a history. Victorian London, 1865, finds itself with a serial murderer and they have dubbed him/her as the Commandments Killer. So far, four victims have been murdered – all viciously stabbed and one of the Ten Commandments left nearby. There are no clues and the victims are not related in any way. Inspector Eversham of Scotland Yard has been the one in charge of the case and has made no progress. Not from lack of trying – he’s worked exceedingly hard on the case – there just haven’t been any clues to turn up. The public, the Home Office, The Chief Inspector, and the politicians are all demanding an arrest. Actually, they just want an arrest and don’t really seem to care if there is proof or not. Since Eversham doesn’t work that way, he’s removed from the case in disgrace when The London Gazette published an interview with a witness who had a description of the killer. The new glory-hound of an inspector who is assigned to the case immediately makes an arrest – even though the man arrested doesn’t actually fit the description as published. The inspector doesn’t care, the Home Office doesn’t care, Eversham’s boss doesn’t care – the only one who does care is Eversham, and he can’t do anything about it. He’s really bitter at the journalist who published that interview without even bringing the information to Scotland Yard. They cost him his career and will likely be the cause of an innocent man being hung. He definitely is NOT kindly disposed toward Lady Katherine Bascomb! “It was hard to believe that before this incident, he’d been celebrated for his ability to solve cases that left other investigators scratching their heads in confusion.” Lady Katherine and her friend Caro were so proud of themselves and were so happy to hear that the incompetent Inspector Eversham had been removed from the case. Because of them and their article, the killer had been caught. However, after a tense, bitter, and uncomfortable confrontation with Inspector Eversham, Kate begins to wonder if they’d really done the right thing. Eversham tells her – among many other things – “The man Dolph Wargrove has locked up barely matched Lizzie’s description. Not to mention that there’s no evidence tying him to the other three murders. But he’s close enough to make the Home Secretary happy. And I suppose that’s all that matters.” When another death occurs, in the same manner as the first four, Eversham is sent to investigate because it happened well outside London. It turns out that Kate and Eversham are thrown into proximity again and have to work together to solve the murder(s). As they work together, the attraction between them grows. I thought the book was well-written, well-plotted, well-paced, and I liked the characters very well. Who and where the villain is will keep you wondering until the very end. So, if you want an interesting whodunit, this is an excellent choice. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    As the owner of the Gazette, widow Lady Katherine Bascomb is sick of men deciding what knowledge is appropriate for women to know. When yet another man tells her she is too delicate to hear about the murders being done by someone the papers are calling the “Commandments Killer” Kate decides to use her position and her paper to educate the women of London. She recruits Caroline Hardcastle and they set out to get some questions about the murders answered. They interview a witness that the police n As the owner of the Gazette, widow Lady Katherine Bascomb is sick of men deciding what knowledge is appropriate for women to know. When yet another man tells her she is too delicate to hear about the murders being done by someone the papers are calling the “Commandments Killer” Kate decides to use her position and her paper to educate the women of London. She recruits Caroline Hardcastle and they set out to get some questions about the murders answered. They interview a witness that the police never spoke to and get a lead to the killer – it is a huge break in the case that shakes up Scotland Yard. Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham has been working on the Commandments case for months and is angry that the reporter from the Gazette released information about the killer without telling the police and that the man he assigned to interview witnesses, missed the chophouse serving girl. His superiors pull him off the case and his replacement – the man who was supposed to interview witnesses – makes an arrest of a man named John Clark. Andrew doesn’t believe they have the right man, but has no recourse. When he meets Katherine at a press conference and helps her navigate the crowd, he takes the opportunity to chastise her for her recklessness and says the wrong man is going to hang because of her. They part ways and neither expects to see the other again. But fate and the killer are not done with these two, appalled that she may be responsible for sending an innocent man to jail, she attends a house party of her dear friend Lord Valentine Thorn, hoping to have him appeal to his father the Duke of Thornfield to intercede and have John Clark released. But while at the party the killer strikes again and Andrew is sent to investigate. He and Kate come to an agreement, they will work together to find the killer and clear John Clark. But nothing can prepare them for the twists and turns in the or for the attraction between them they can’t ignore. Will they be able to solve the murders and have their own HEA or will the Commandments Killer claim another victim. I thought this was a well written, intriguing story with a really well-done mystery – but as a romance, it was a little lacking. Andrew and Kate don’t really begin to interact until well into the book and even then, the romance seems to take a backseat to the mystery. If this was billed as an historical mystery, I would give it 4.5 – the proof I received was marked as an UNCORRECTED copy, so I will assume that the typos, title errors and inconsistencies – including the mention of Oscar Wilde in a book set in 1865 – will be addressed prior to publication. As a romance it is more of a 3.5 star book, so I decided to split the difference. It is an excellent mystery with some romance, some steamyish love scenes, more than one twist, a couple of eye-popping revelations, great secondary characters, witty banter, a strong heroine and a great hero. I enjoyed the book and will happily recommend this title. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an uncorrected eARC that I requested and was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This was a fun read and a nice change of pace after some of the darker reads I've finished lately. Normally the level of romance isn't my thing but it worked here. The only problem I had with this book was the character development. Everyone goes from just meeting to suddenly being old friends in a matter of pages. I felt like I missed a huge chunk of something. Like if you only watch the first season of Grey's Anatomy and then try to pick it back up in season 10. I will absolutely be keeping my This was a fun read and a nice change of pace after some of the darker reads I've finished lately. Normally the level of romance isn't my thing but it worked here. The only problem I had with this book was the character development. Everyone goes from just meeting to suddenly being old friends in a matter of pages. I felt like I missed a huge chunk of something. Like if you only watch the first season of Grey's Anatomy and then try to pick it back up in season 10. I will absolutely be keeping my eye for future releases.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    There is a killer in London that is killing based off the biblical ten commandments. Scotland Yard has not been able to discover a link between the victims or who the killer might be. Lady Katherine Bascom, vivacious newspaper running widow, does some reporting of her own with her friend Miss Caroline Hardcastle (cookbook author) and discovers a witness that Scotland Yard had missed. They decide to write an article to help women to avoid becoming victims (very worthy cause) but may have made som There is a killer in London that is killing based off the biblical ten commandments. Scotland Yard has not been able to discover a link between the victims or who the killer might be. Lady Katherine Bascom, vivacious newspaper running widow, does some reporting of her own with her friend Miss Caroline Hardcastle (cookbook author) and discovers a witness that Scotland Yard had missed. They decide to write an article to help women to avoid becoming victims (very worthy cause) but may have made some errors in judgement. Since this in turn gets the head detective removed from the case annnndddd may have put the witness in danger. The reporting of the witness who had a description of a man which resulted in the arrest of a possible innocent man because of pressure from the Home Office (Parliament). Lady Katherine heads to a house party to get help to release the possibly innocent man from her friend Lord Valentine who's father is a peer then two murders occur similar to those in London. Which results in Detective Eversham being dispatched to the countryside to investigate. Hmmm who and why are these murders happening? Are they copycats or the same killer from London? Detective Eversham and Lady Katherine have quite the chemistry and very strong personalities that clash in all the right ways. Can they get past that she is the reason he got demoted? Lady Katherine's two friends Caro and her friend Val who's house party they attended also have some history and some animosity towards each other. But I can't tell if it's because they like each other or detest each other. You know I love a good enemies to lovers story. Glad to know they will get their own story in Fall 2021! Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 For the vivacious quick witted banter and steamy slow burn romance. I couldn't put this one down! I had an idea of who it was but it kept changing but maybe I'm not that quick lol. Thank you Net Galley and Grand Central Publishing for the arc copy for my voluntary honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This suffered from being a book I read in November 2020 when my brain is mush and I have no attention span, but the writing really worked for me and I liked the characters. I could have done with a scooch more romance on the page? I wanted a bit more before declarations of love and proposals of marriage, even under solving a murder heightened emotions. Really glad to read Manda Collins again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    2.5 stars I love that cover and the synopsis sounds like everything I could have ever wanted...sadly, I was disappointed. I liked Katherine and Andrew. They’re both smart and maybe a bit sassy. I enjoyed their open communication and honesty. Caro was hands down the best part of the book. She’s absolutely delightful and I can’t wait to get more from her. Plot wise, it was a bit dull. The murder mystery wasn’t a mystery to me and so I focused on the romance part. And yet, that wasn’t enough for me 2.5 stars I love that cover and the synopsis sounds like everything I could have ever wanted...sadly, I was disappointed. I liked Katherine and Andrew. They’re both smart and maybe a bit sassy. I enjoyed their open communication and honesty. Caro was hands down the best part of the book. She’s absolutely delightful and I can’t wait to get more from her. Plot wise, it was a bit dull. The murder mystery wasn’t a mystery to me and so I focused on the romance part. And yet, that wasn’t enough for me. Even though I liked the two MCs, I wasn’t really invested. As for the “mystery”, it’s a slow build up with a two page conflict/resolution combo. Overall, I felt like I was already supposed to know these characters and that definitely took away from the enjoyment. If there really is another book with Caro, I’ll be reading it. **Huge thanks to Forever for providing the arc free of charge**

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem gave me Lady Sherlock vibes and I loved it! Lady Katherine, after the death of her husband, takes over a newspaper and decides that women need to be better informed. She and her new friend Caro decide to write a column just for women. Both Katherine and Caro are whip smart, savvy, and determined. Readers will love them. The plot involves a serial killer. Andrew was the officer assigned to the case until Katherine's article gets him kicked off. However, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem gave me Lady Sherlock vibes and I loved it! Lady Katherine, after the death of her husband, takes over a newspaper and decides that women need to be better informed. She and her new friend Caro decide to write a column just for women. Both Katherine and Caro are whip smart, savvy, and determined. Readers will love them. The plot involves a serial killer. Andrew was the officer assigned to the case until Katherine's article gets him kicked off. However, these two are forced together after another murder attributed to the same killer occurs and Katherine is a witness. These two have an enemies to lovers type romance, but Katherine is also fiercely protective of her independence. Her marriage was bad and she has no desire to lose her freedom to a man again. Overall, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem delivers on a slow burn romance between two unlikely people and a murder mystery with an intriguing killer. At times, I thought the plot was a tad slow and wanted to skip forward a bit through some of the innocuous descriptions and interactions. However, I loved the story! Katherine, Caro, Andrew, and Val really are well written, dynamic characters.     POV: 3rd   Tears: no   Trope: enemies to lovers, regency   Triggers: none   Series/Standalone: stand alone   Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)]   HEA: (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)] The Scot Beds his Wife by Kerrigan Bryne, A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas, ...then you will probably like A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem!   A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem  See full review on The Book Disciple

  17. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This was a fun first read to start off the year! I do wish that it had been a little bit longer so that the romance could have had some more page time, but I liked the characters and the story and I'm looking forward to Val and Caro's book. This was a fun first read to start off the year! I do wish that it had been a little bit longer so that the romance could have had some more page time, but I liked the characters and the story and I'm looking forward to Val and Caro's book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Collins has written competence porn at its finest. Kate and Andrew work together, sometimes begrudgingly, to solve a murder. Both respect the other and value the others input. It is all sorts of fun to read. If you are looking for a great mystery with not a lot of conflict, this book is the perfect choice.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janae

    What a fun read! I love that this was more than a historical fiction romance. It has a great mystery aspect told in dual POV. At times the narrative was predictable but still quite enjoyable. I appreciated the feminism aspects to this novel. Thank you Forever Pub and Netgalley for this advanced readers copy for my honest opinion and feedback. I will definitely be reading more from Manda Collins in the future.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Since her husband’s death Lady Katherine Bascomb has turned his newspaper into a success and become quite infamous as a columnist. She’s tired of ladies being kept in the dark and decides to begin a new segment informing London’s female population about a killer preying on the city’s inhabitants and harming women. But when her writing leads to the arrest of a man Katherine is being wrongfully accused, she escapes to a friend’s country house party to avoid the media circus and determine how to ri Since her husband’s death Lady Katherine Bascomb has turned his newspaper into a success and become quite infamous as a columnist. She’s tired of ladies being kept in the dark and decides to begin a new segment informing London’s female population about a killer preying on the city’s inhabitants and harming women. But when her writing leads to the arrest of a man Katherine is being wrongfully accused, she escapes to a friend’s country house party to avoid the media circus and determine how to right the wrong she inadvertently caused. Far from relaxing, she stumbles upon a murder scene on her first day in the country. When the lead detective arrives from London and denounces Katherine’s ill-fated attempt at an informative column, she determines to aid him in his investigation and undo the damage. Thanks to Katherine’s column Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham’s stellar career is threatened. He refuses to go along with his superior’s railroading of an innocent man and so finds himself demoted and relegated to the country to investigate what his superintendent believes to be a copycat of the serial killer plaguing London. Eversham doesn’t believe in coincidences and is suspicious when Katherine winds up being a key witness in the new murder. He tries his best to keep her from ruining yet another case but is surprised to find her outlook to be a bit helpful. Katherine is equally surprised by Andrew’s skill and the anger between them rapidly becomes a completely different sort of heat. But before they can determine where a relationship between them might lead, they must stop a killer before he strikes again. I’ve got some mixed feelings about this one just because it frustrated me so much. The heroine was the cause of much of this pique because most of her behavior and dialogues seemed more like they belonged to a recalcitrant child than to a strong, independent lady. Her constant harping about how women should be allowed to do more wasn’t wrong of course, but her actions repeatedly worsened the problem, making herself, and by extension women, look bad. Kate put herself and others in danger with her over-estimation of her own abilities. She knew nothing about police work, showed very little care for Eversham and the damage she’d already done him, and even after admitting her mistakes, she still repeated them, always thinking she knew better than anyone else. This just smacked of abject arrogance to me. I did appreciate her awareness and ability to admit to being wrong, but when she then repeated this behavior anyway, those admissions were cheapened for me. Besides that, I did enjoy the storyline and the mystery aspect here, although it definitely took precedent over the romance. There was only really one gratuitous scene between Andrew and Kate and despite their working together, a lot of which was mostly Kate trying to undermine him and do her own thing, I didn’t really see them as a couple. They had the enemies to lovers spark, but it never felt like it progressed much beyond that to me and their relationship seemed a bit cobbled together. Overall, I adored the mystery here and found the whodunit aspect to be well done, I just didn’t click with this heroine and I wanted more romance. I also think the ending felt rather abrupt and an epilogue would’ve made it seem less slapdash, but things may be more wrapped up in the next installment of the series. Valentine was an interesting enough side character for me to want to continue in hopes his story is next. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Mysterious, atmospheric, and delightfully entertaining! A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is a clue-like murder mystery set in England during 1865 that features Lady Katherine Bascomb, a widowed newspaper owner who after stumbling upon what appears to be another victim of the elusive Commandments Killer on the country estate of her friend Lord Valentine Thorn, joins together with the disgruntled, enigmatic, handsome, Inspector Andrew Eversham of Scotland Yard to try and solve the case. The wri Mysterious, atmospheric, and delightfully entertaining! A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is a clue-like murder mystery set in England during 1865 that features Lady Katherine Bascomb, a widowed newspaper owner who after stumbling upon what appears to be another victim of the elusive Commandments Killer on the country estate of her friend Lord Valentine Thorn, joins together with the disgruntled, enigmatic, handsome, Inspector Andrew Eversham of Scotland Yard to try and solve the case. The writing style is light and witty. The characters, including the intelligent, independent heroine, are well-developed, multi-layered, and intriguing. And the plot is a well-paced whodunit full of amateur sleuthing, red herrings, suspects, deduction, attraction, and of course a touch of romance. A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is the first book in the Lady’s Guide series, and if you love historical mysteries/romance this novel won’t disappoint. It is a passionate, enjoyable, refreshing read that is the first novel I’ve read by Collins but undoubtedly won’t be my last. Thank you to Forever & Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    *ARC sent by publisher, Forever. All thoughts and opinions are my own* REVIEW This was so much fun! I will admit that the ending felt a little rushed, but I overall found it to be a pleasure. I would say this book is 60% mystery and 40% romance. Honestly, I wasn't sure what the steam level would be in this book. It is a historical romance and sometimes they are steamy, sometimes they are fade-to-black. I happy to announce that this is not the later. In fact, we get some pretty hot steam - our M *ARC sent by publisher, Forever. All thoughts and opinions are my own* REVIEW This was so much fun! I will admit that the ending felt a little rushed, but I overall found it to be a pleasure. I would say this book is 60% mystery and 40% romance. Honestly, I wasn't sure what the steam level would be in this book. It is a historical romance and sometimes they are steamy, sometimes they are fade-to-black. I happy to announce that this is not the later. In fact, we get some pretty hot steam - our MC is a widow which grants her sexual freedom in society. I also loved the chaste kisses and hand holding when they were in public. I really shipped these two. That being said, considering how enamoured they are with one another I did expect their relationship to go a bit deeper. We don't really learn all that much about Andrew, and that was a drawback. His character felt a little surface level at times. However, I did like the commentary he had on the police force sometimes taking the easy route in order to appease the government. I also appreciate the respect he had for Kate. Kate was awesome. She is determined to maintain the autonomy she gained after her (horrible) husband died and refuses to bend to the will of others. While she is somewhat of an amateur sleuth, it is her journalist background that paves the way for her role in solving this mystery. Kate is determined to challenge the belief that women must be hidden from the dangers of the world. Using her newspaper, she creates a column to inform women of the news society deems too harmful for them to hear. I loved the female friendship in here too. Caro and Kate were hilarious together and remind me of the relationship I have with my best friends. There are conversations between groups of women throughout this novel that show all sides of the patriarchy and how some women fall into a typical societal role happily, but others feel stifled by it. I am quick surprised that I didn't see the culprit coming. Normally in a romantic mystery I am able to deduce the murder around 60% through the book. Instead, here I only guessed the culprit's identity a chapter prior. I give serious props for that. I would recommend this for fans of Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas. I look forward to book 2!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brogan Lane

    ooooo this was so good! I think I was verging on a book/reading slump as I DNF'd a book, and I didn't really want to delve into a complex fantasy or a bulky book, and so I picked this one up. And I'm really glad I did tbh. It was so entertaining and so fun! The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I love how this is an ongoing trend with historical romances/romances! They're so cool! I kept hearing about this book all over booktube, and I knew I had to pick up a copy. I bought this book specifically ooooo this was so good! I think I was verging on a book/reading slump as I DNF'd a book, and I didn't really want to delve into a complex fantasy or a bulky book, and so I picked this one up. And I'm really glad I did tbh. It was so entertaining and so fun! The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I love how this is an ongoing trend with historical romances/romances! They're so cool! I kept hearing about this book all over booktube, and I knew I had to pick up a copy. I bought this book specifically for the romance. And while I liked the romance, it was a little insta-love in my opinion, and it wasn't as satisfying when Kate and Andrew declared their love for one another as I would've liked. Though I did find their intimate moments cute, and I think Manda Collins did a great job at writing their chemistry. I expected to have been fully invested in the romance, and the actual mystery to not be much - but I ended up loving the murder-mystery a lot more than the romance. I preferred it when Kate and Andrew were working together to solve the crime! The mystery was what intrigued me and kept me reading. I was on the edge of my seat! Collins crafted a really cool murder mystery and thought it was well thought out; it was full of twists and turns and I think was really well-paced. The only time where I thought it was a little rushed was the ending, but I can't really think of any other way Manda Collins could've done it. It became a sort of Agatha Christie scenario where a bunch of people were stuck in one location because of a murder, but the actual characters weren't really developed and well-rounded. They were reduced to side/background characters towards the end who were there just to produce drama. I'm intrigued about Caro Hardcastle, and I'm glad the sequel is going to be about her and Valentine!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    3.5 A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is the new book from Manda Collins. I loved the title and happily turned to the first page... 1865. Lady Katherine Bascomb is the widowed owner of a London newspaper. She also (against the opinions of the male members of the paper) writes a column. With some particularly vicious crimes happening in London, she and her bestie Caroline decide to pen a piece about the 'Commandments Killer.' Perhaps do some investigation as well. Can you guess the name of th 3.5 A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is the new book from Manda Collins. I loved the title and happily turned to the first page... 1865. Lady Katherine Bascomb is the widowed owner of a London newspaper. She also (against the opinions of the male members of the paper) writes a column. With some particularly vicious crimes happening in London, she and her bestie Caroline decide to pen a piece about the 'Commandments Killer.' Perhaps do some investigation as well. Can you guess the name of the column? Kate inadvertently lands herself in the middle of the investigation and under the scrutiny of DI Eversham. Which might be bad....or maybe good... I love novels set in this time period. The verbal sparring is so much fun - barbed insults delicately covered in social decorum. What's not as great is the male attitude towards women and their 'sensibilities' and what might be best for them. Collins has created a wonderfully spunky, outspoken, eminently likable protagonist. And a great sidekick that shares her ideals and is just as forward thinking. Collins has come up with a good mystery as well. There are lots of choices for whodunit along the way, with one character that I sussed out early on, but she adds a little bit more that wasn't predictable. So, how to categorize A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem? Historical romantic mystery seems to cover all the bases! Now, that romance angle...Collins has penned some delicious romantic tension between Kate and Eversham. Will it go any further than each of them just thinking about it...? Not telling! But suffice to say Collin's background as a romance writer stands her in good stead. It looks like this will be a new series for Collins with Caroline and Lord Thorn getting the lead roles in Lady's Guide 2 due out in Fall 2021. A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem was a fun escapist read, perfect for a snowy day on the couch with tea and biscuits!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dancing Marshmallow

    DNF @ 40%. This seemed like it could have been very charming, but there was so much telling instead of showing and so many events were just summed up in a sentence. Thus, the pacing felt very off: important events were just glossed over and the plot went bouncing along a bit haphazardly. For example, the heroine and her assistant crack a major clue in the case in a sentence: “It took them some time, but after the two ladies had read through the accumulated stories about the four victims, they fo DNF @ 40%. This seemed like it could have been very charming, but there was so much telling instead of showing and so many events were just summed up in a sentence. Thus, the pacing felt very off: important events were just glossed over and the plot went bouncing along a bit haphazardly. For example, the heroine and her assistant crack a major clue in the case in a sentence: “It took them some time, but after the two ladies had read through the accumulated stories about the four victims, they found associations between each of the victims.” Part of the fun of mysteries is seeing the detective put the pieces of the puzzle together: glossing over those details removes that element. There’s really no depth here, and at 40%, it’s just not worth continuing on.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zoë ☆

    *4-4.5🌟 I really liked the romance and the mystery!! 🙊 It kinda gave me the Alienist vibes (obvs different but the setting and romance combined with mystery felt similar 👀)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Overall, this was an ok read for me. I have never read any other works by this author so perhaps I just don't click with her writing style. This is definitely a mystery-driven story where the hero and heroine meet through investigating a string of murders. The mystery itself seemed fine - I honestly wasn't that interested in it and skimmed a lot of the details. Now, I have read a gripping mystery or two but it's not my usual genre choice. So you may be more captivated than me by the story if you Overall, this was an ok read for me. I have never read any other works by this author so perhaps I just don't click with her writing style. This is definitely a mystery-driven story where the hero and heroine meet through investigating a string of murders. The mystery itself seemed fine - I honestly wasn't that interested in it and skimmed a lot of the details. Now, I have read a gripping mystery or two but it's not my usual genre choice. So you may be more captivated than me by the story if you generally enjoy a murder mystery. I did really positively respond to the feminist themes throughout, which informed the characters and the story line. My main issue that I think kept me from getting into the book was just the writing style. It's felt almost narrated at first, with a lot explaining of thoughts and feelings rather than just letting me extrapolate from context. I had trouble getting into the story because of that. Once I acclimated to the author's writing style, it wasn't quite so distracting. Ultimately, this wasn't the book for me, but I know there's a reader out there that is it's perfect match, I'm sure.

  28. 5 out of 5

    book bruin

    3.5 stars A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem was an enjoyable historical romance. The added murder plot kept things moving, but I did find that the pacing overall was a little too slow and it made the book feel overly long. I'm not sure if it was the anxiety of current events or the story itself, but things seemed to stall in the middle of the novel. The conclusion of the murder plot felt a bit anticlimactic and then the ending felt very rushed. I really liked the heroine, Katherine, but my fa 3.5 stars A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem was an enjoyable historical romance. The added murder plot kept things moving, but I did find that the pacing overall was a little too slow and it made the book feel overly long. I'm not sure if it was the anxiety of current events or the story itself, but things seemed to stall in the middle of the novel. The conclusion of the murder plot felt a bit anticlimactic and then the ending felt very rushed. I really liked the heroine, Katherine, but my favorite character was Caro. Katherine just seemed to become more and more a damsel in distress as the novel progressed. I did like her and Eversham together though and loved how they pushed each other's buttons. I'm very intrigued by the history between Val and Caro though and I'm excited for their story next. *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kini

    This was an interesting book. First thing of note, I found the cover and blurb to be slightly misleading. Nothing about the cover would make me think this book relies heavily on solving a murder. Shame on me for not better reading the blurb, so I will take the loss on that. The story is incredibly feminist and the main protagonist is smart as hell and I appreciated that about her. I also liked her wacky friend and the cat. The feminism of today as well as commentary about social justice particul This was an interesting book. First thing of note, I found the cover and blurb to be slightly misleading. Nothing about the cover would make me think this book relies heavily on solving a murder. Shame on me for not better reading the blurb, so I will take the loss on that. The story is incredibly feminist and the main protagonist is smart as hell and I appreciated that about her. I also liked her wacky friend and the cat. The feminism of today as well as commentary about social justice particularly regarding criminals and class were spot on. I think that is what kept me reading. I felt the romance between Kate and Andrew was the weakest point. Their love story felt grossly under developed and the story felt like it ended abruptly. I hope in the next book the love story is much better developed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    I almost wonder if I read the wrong book. I can't remember where I heard about this book or how it got on my to-read list and since there are SO MANY books with titles like this these days, it's very possible that the book I meant to read was not this one. Which makes me feel better about saying that I didn't really like THIS book, the one I ended up reading! I actually went and checked TWICE to make sure this was the first book in the series, not the second, since there were only sudden, vague r I almost wonder if I read the wrong book. I can't remember where I heard about this book or how it got on my to-read list and since there are SO MANY books with titles like this these days, it's very possible that the book I meant to read was not this one. Which makes me feel better about saying that I didn't really like THIS book, the one I ended up reading! I actually went and checked TWICE to make sure this was the first book in the series, not the second, since there were only sudden, vague references to seemingly substantial backstories that were complete news to me. It was just BAM there are two ladies who...run a newspaper? and an investigator who...has a long (and ultimately irrelevant) rivalry with a coworker? and there is a guy who...inherited a big country house and named it Thornfield and Has A Past with one of the newspaper ladies? I guess? The newspaper thing in particular seemed like it would be relevant, given that the column they start writing together is literally titled "A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem." But we never get to read any of that column, and there's not any kind of conceit like "the book itself is the column." They exist next to each other but never interact. It's weird. And this is kind of a "country house mystery" but it doesn't even matter because the book forgets to talk about the characters who are guests at the house. They're just there. So when the crime is solved and all is revealed, it feels like a random roll of the dice because it could literally have been ANYONE. Finally - and I am absolutely not here to yuck anyone's yum, but - the romance in this book is so cringe-y. Again, this could be because I wasn't aware I was even reading a romance until two characters randomly started kissing each other but it reminded me of when Diana Barry inserts inapt Rolling's Reliable Baking Powder references into Anne Shirley's short story. There was this country house mystery going on...and then every once in a while people made out with each other. If you want to read a mystery series with serious swoon, I recommend the A Study in Scarlet Women series.

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