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or even attractive served bad refreshments and the patronesses were crashing snobs But well done to these women for making even attractive served bad refreshments and the patronesses were crashing snobs But well done to these women for making Assemblies the most sought after events of the London Seasonand the predecessor to the modern police force the famous or infamous Bow St Runners Welcome to the world of Rosalind Thorne a gentlewoman who through no fault of her own is now impoverished Rosalind is managing to eke out an existence with her wits charm discretion and because the adies of the Haut Ton find her a useful womanWhen the aristocratic but unscrupulous Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in suspicious circumstances Rosalind finds herself involved in that most ungenteel of occupations gasp solving a murder and fighting an attraction to an astute and attractive Bow St Runner Adam HarknessI ve mentioned the two main pluses for me above The others were some signs of very solid research and the fast paced endingI m neutral on Rosalind as I found her character till close to the end uite bland But Rosalind probably had to suppress all distinctive personality traits to pick her way through all the social traps petty humiliations in London SocietyDefinite flaws This book sagged badly in the middle and I had to force myself to keep going The speech is often uite modern or sometimes just plain odd Obsession: An Erotic Tale like Mother had already scented that something was wrongA few anachronisms The most jarring for me was the Lady reporter friend of Rosalind s Alice appearedike a character from a Hollywood movie about the Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era late nineteenth century I ve never read any account of the Regency world that suggested journalists as we know them existedBut I still enjoyed this example of a Regency Whodunnit far than the single offerings I have read by Ashley Gardner and Stephanie BarronI mooking forward to Miss Thorne s next adventureEdit The Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice lovely Ms Wilde has just been on the jane Austen Group for a A session Ms Wilde says the Regency era most definitely did have female journalists but they were working around marriage children were very underpaid compared to their male counterpartsI stand corrected A USEFUL WOMANRosalind Thorne Mysteries 1Written by Darcie Wilde2016 Berkley 384 PagesGenre series fiction mystery cozy romanceRATING 12 Rosalind Thorne a daughter of a baronet is dreaming of her future with the man sheoves when one night her mother and her return home early from a party Her older sister is uickly packing and fleeing into the night It seems her father is in financial trouble and has chosen to abandon his wife and youngest daughter to runaway After her mother passes away Rosalind must take on work to survive in 19th Century England She gets a job managing the affairs of wealthy women and becomes known for her discretion Five years after Rosalind s father had disappeared things are starting to settle down for her when she is summoned back into her godmother Lady Blanchard s Edicts of Asoka life When she goes to Almack s to pick up her godmother for dinner she discovers the body of Jasper Aimesworth an aristocrat who s sister Honoria is to marry Rosalind s almost fiance Devon Now Rosalind finds herself helping Honoria in her brother s death but also being around Devon If she is not careful Rosalind might be in danger herself before she can be outed from the Ton for goodUntil the murder of Jasper Aimesworth much of this novel readsike a historical romance There is nothing wrong with a historical romance if that IS HOW THE NOVEL IS SUPPOSED TO BE MARKETED how the novel is supposed to be marketed the synopsis you get the idea that this is a historical mystery with a dash of romance since it is set in Regency Era and has Jane Austen inspired as a tag Upgrade Soul line It takes awhile for this novel to start in general as we get a bit too much description of Regency days The mystery and cast of characters are alsoatecomers Once I Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath let go of historical mystery I found myself enjoying the book A historical romance with a dash of mystery for me worked better Wilde was trying to bring in a bit of Austen s wit but it didn t uite work at times YET I finished the novel and didike it I am curious to see what Wilde has in store for book 2as there is potential and hopefully a fun Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 love interestI received an eARC from NETGALLEYMy Novelesue Blog A Useful Woman is the first in a new series of mysteries set in the Regency period featuring Rosalind Thorne a youngady of good birth who through no fault of her own has fallen upon hard times Even though it s a murder mystery it s a very gentle and rather polite story which I suppose befits the time in which it is set There are no gritty Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist looks at realife or characters with ISSUES so the book might suit someone ooking for a change of pace from the current trend for grisly tortuous plots and tormented protagonists as well as fans of historical mysteries in generalDarcie Wilde has written a number of historical romances but the emphasis in this book is firmly on the mystery and there is no
ROMANCE TO SPEAK OF THERE ARE HINTS THAT POINT to speak of There are hints that point one for our heroine in the future and we are made aware that she struggles to deal with the presence in her ife of her former beau but otherwise this is very much a historical mystery with nothing on the sideThe book opens a few years before the main story begins revea. He family To survive in the only world she knew she began to manage the affairs of some of London society’s most influential women who have come to rely on her wit and discretion So when artistocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in London’s most exclusive ballroom Almack’s Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncov.
Free read A Useful WomanLing how Rosalind in confident expectation of an offer from Devon Winterbourne the second son of the Duke of Casselmain has her hopes dashed when her father reveals that he is in debt up to the eyeballs and then does a midnight flit accompanied by her older sister Charlotte Since then Rosalind s mother has died and had not been for the support of her godmother Lady Blanchard she would have been completely alone She was taken in by the Blanchards for a short while which is when she first began to use her knowledge of the workings of society to help its harried matrons compile guest ists make seating plans and arrange social occasions and generally act as a kind of social secretary while also knowing the right ears into which to drop choice tidbits of gossip Her family situation means that she is no onger regarded as part of the highest echelons but her usefulness means that she is still welcomed almost everywhereThe plot of A Useful Woman revolves around that bastion of good ton Almack s club Anyone who reads Regencies on a regular basis will be familiar with it to be granted a voucher to attend the regular assemblies was essential for any young Imaginary Runner lady with pretentions to good standing in society and bent on making a good marriage The rules of admission were complex and depended entirely upon the goodwill of theady patronesses any one of whom could veto entry to the club uite a From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 lot of the first part of the book is devoted to explaining the rituals surrounding Almack s and its importance in Regency society and some of it is uite repetitive The book is fairly slow to start which is I suppose due to the fact that as the first in a series there is a fair amount of scene setting to be doneThe story opens as one of the patronesses Lady Blanchard is on the point of announcing her resignation as she will be accompanying her husband abroad on his new diplomatic posting Such a juicy piece of gossip could not be kept a secret forong and Lady Aimesworth wastes no time in approaching Rosalind and asking her to put in a good word for her with Lady Blanchard Knowing there is no Fresh Water loveost between these two French Daguerreotypes ladies Rosalind nevertheless mentions to her godmother that Lady Aimesworth is angling for the position of patroness expecting Lady B to immediately dismiss the idea When she doesn t Rosalind is not aittle surprised but her uestions remain unanswered when their t te t te is interruptedThe start of the season is fast approaching and all the hopeful debutantes are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the vouchers that will aunch them into society But when Jasper Aimesworth is found murdered in Almack s ballroom the cats are well and truly set among the pigeons and Rosalind must use her position as the person everyone talks to and relies on to try to find out the truth In this endeavour she is eventually joined by Principal Officer Adam Harkness Of Bow Street Officer Adam Harkness of Bow Street man whose charm and handsome features mask a mind ike a steel trap and the determination to uncover the truth no matter the costI had a few problems with the mystery in that it feels rather convoluted towards the end and the ending is a From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society little rushed I also found some of Rosalind s thought processes made unexpectedeaps I m not a great reader of mysteries but when I do read them I prefer those in which the reader is allowed to make the connections at same time as the protagonist There were the connections at the same as the protagonist There were couple of times here when I read Rosalind s thoughts and then wondered how she d reached a particular conclusion which briefly took me out of the story But those issues are balanced out by the strength of the writing and by the way Ms Wilde so fully and skillfully immerses the reader in the customs and manners of the times There is a diverse and well drawn set of secondary characters ranging from those of the haut ton Doris Salcedo like the waspish Lady Jersey to Rosalind s two friends Alice and George Littlefield whoike Rosalind are former gentry and who now have to work for a Twelve Days of Pleasure living Rosalind is an engaging and sympathetic heroine whose position as an outsider makes her vulnerable but who is nonetheless determined to hold her head up high even when others disparage her and remind her that her position in society isn t what it once wasAll in all A Useful Woman is an enjoyable easy read and one I d certainly recommend to fans of historical mysteries The author s research into the period has obviously been extensive Rosalind Thorne is a uniue and relatable heroine and Il definitely be on the Gods Choice lookout for the next book in the series Was super into this I keep stumbling across it and so decided to read it todayI keep wanting historical mystery series where women instead of just ignoring the constraints and conventions of their time are forced to operate within them This is definitely one of those I mean I m sure it s not 100% accurate but it s accurate enough It s accurate by historical fiction standards and there was nothing glaring Choices are well justified There are certain things the characters just don t do At no point did I roll my eyesAnd I am super into it I just reallyiked Rosalind Thorne and how this went Also really Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye like the relationships between the women in this both friendly and not I don t even mind that thismight be setting up a view spoilerlove triangle hide spoiler. Er the killer from aist of suspects that includes Almack’s powerful patronesses and her former suitor Devon Winterbourne now Lord Casselmaine Torn between her old ove and a growing attraction to a compelling Bow Street runner Rosalind must not only unravel the mysteries surrounding Jasper’s death but the mysteries of her own heart as we. ,
Rosalind Thorne is an impoverished gentlewoman who makes a iving being useful to members of the haut ton Once she had it all family fortune and ove then it all went away when her father ran off Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild leaving behind a mountain of debts Rosalind s Mama was unable to cope with the situation so Lady Blanchard Rosalind s godmother stepped in to help Rosalind owes everything to Lady Blanchard and now Lord Blanchard is being transferred to Koningsberg Rosalind needs to find her own way When the imperious Lady Edmund commands a favor from Rosalind it sets in motion a chain of events Rosalind never expected First La The blurb for this book does it a disservice Using the phrase inspired by the novels of Jane Austen raises a series of expectations that A Useful Woman is destined to disappoint That s unfortunate because it s uite a good novel for what it really isWhat it is is a historical mystery There are the usual romanceus interruptus elements that you find in mystery fiction today but no marriage plot there is mayhem there are unanswered uestions there is an investigation there is peril and an ultimate resolution There is even some social comedy though it is subservient to the plot and not an end in itself Others have called the novel Heyeresue instead of Austenesue because it focuses on the Regency Marriage Mart 35 stars This readike it should be a television or movie plot It was very interesting well done and I Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets liked the mystery and the setting of the whole story among the Almack ton I reallyiked view spoilerHonorio and I hope her friendship with Rosalind is expanded on in future books hide spoiler A Useful Woman had a bit of a ponderous start and was in serious danger of getting bogged down in too many details of propriety and drawing room niceties The Regency era is one of my comfort settings but something needs to happen within that setting for me to stay interested and that needs to happen pretty uickly Here it did set the stage for the tightrope that Rosalind is walking but I wish the touch had been a bit Electromyography for Experimentalists lighter and the action had started sooner Thankfully a murder did change all that Once Rosalind focused on plumbing the depths of the currents around her watching her try to hold together her own social position as well as that of her friends and charges was much interesting Who knew what could be hiding under that veneer of respectability I found the answer satisfyingly shocking in the end Ioved the premise of Rosalind as an unprotected woman trying to stay acceptable to the ton after her father s financial disaster years ago I Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 loved her cleverness at eking out aiving from them and her strength under that intense pressure I definitely want to see of the characters who appreciate her intelligence instead of using her while forcing her to hide it One in particular was very intriguingI do have one minor uibble I was irritated a couple times when Rosalind realized something about the mystery and it was not shared with the reader She suddenly knew what had happened but I had to stay in the dark until the end I appreciate the suspense that kept me in but I would rather have followed her thought process That s one reason I ike to read mysteries so I can be working it out in my own mind If I don t have all the same information the sleuth has I can t do that Still I felt this was a strong start to a new historical mystery series felt this was a strong start to a new historical mystery series as it s the first mystery by this author I m definitely ooking forward to the next installment I just hope we don t dwell on the correct order of paying compliments for too Runaway Wedding long before the next murder breaks This book was an all around fabulous surprise It did the job of setting up a new series offering up a cunning mystery plot challenging characters and the history came alive in this one It was one of those books where I started itate at night with the whole I l just read one or two chapters chestnut and ended up finishing half in one sitting And then the next day I was in a feverish need to get back to the story sitting And then the next day I was in a feverish need to get back to the story this some excit I heard about this book on a forum of Historical Romance readers and thought the premise was intriguing so I decided to give it a whirl The protagonist of A Useful Woman isn t your typical Regency Era heroine who s a starry eyed miss attending balls and hoping to snag the perfect titled husband Rosalind Thorne has no hopes of a good match as she s broke and her family name s been disgraced by her profligate father Forced to make her own way Rosalind is now a social secretary to various high society matrons and she s very good at it because she s observant and detail oriented When she discovers the bloodied body of a young aristocrat on the floor of the revered Almack s ballroom she finds herself drawn into the investigation Her godmother along with the other Almack s patronesses are fearful of a scandal and would ike the whole matter swept under the rug while the sister of the decea Copy gifted by the author posted to me by Sarah C one of the moderators of the Jane Austen Group Thanks very much for thatThis book isn t Heyerish a definite point in it s favour most of GH s imitators turn out very shoddy work but it does contain two things that pop up often in Heyer s Regency works the very exclusive social club Almack s As has often. Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen this new mystery series set in 19th century London introduces the charming and resourceful Rosalind Thorne a woman privy to the secrets of high society including who among the ton is capable of murder The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned