Murder in Postscript by Mary Winters

It’s my stop today on the blog tour for Murder in Postscript by Mary Winters. Many thanks to Lori from Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for the invite.

Title: Murder in Postscript (A Lady of Letters Mystery #1)

Author: Mary Winters

Published on: 28 March 2023

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Amelia Amesbury is a widow, mother and countess. She also has a secret. She writes for a London penny paper under the pseudonym Lady Agony. When a lady’s maid writes to Amelia saying her mistress was murdered and wants to talk about it, Amelia wonders what to do. She goes at night to the park to meet the maid, but finds her dead in the waters.

With the help of her best friend Kitty and a handsome marquis named Simon Bainbridge, Amelia begins to piece the puzzle. But as new thread of inquiry ends with a different suspect, the investigation grows more daunting.

Will Lady Agony be able to solve her first murder mystery? Only time will tell…

What a fantastic series debut! I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Be it the setting, characters and their side stories, storytelling or murder mystery, this gem of a historical fiction is fantabulous!

We have a brief background on how Amelia, a local girl in the country, became Lady Amesbury. It’s quite sad that Amelia married a man who was only looking for a guardian for his niece. Edgar Amesbury had a degenerative disease and passed away within two months of their marriage. Amelia took her new status well. Aunt Tabitha, Edgar’s sister, keeps a strong hold on Amelia and Winifred (niece). It’s been two years since Amelia was widowed but Tabitha expects her to wear greys.

Amelia has a secret though. Her childhood friend is in London, working for a penny paper and he requests Amelia to respond to queries received in the agony column. She readily agrees as she loves to write. But then, one correspondent, a lady’s maid talks about her mistress’s murder. That same evening, Amelia finds the maid dead.

Lord Simon, a friend of Edgar, had followed Amelia to the park. He learns of Amelia’s alter-ego and decides to help solve the case. As Simon and Amelia start digging deeper into the case, they learn a lot about the victim’s family. Kitty, Amelia’s close friend, pitches in to help. From recitals to dance parties, the trio juggle between sleuthing and socializing.

The murder mystery kept me guessing till the end. Plenty of red herrings and suspects made it difficult for me to guess the killer’s identity before Amelia could. Speaking of which, their identity was a huge shocker. I didn’t see it coming. I never thought they could be capable of something so sinister.

Though a series debut, character and series-plot introduction, and murder mystery gets equal importance. I absolutely loved the storytelling. Character portrayal was simply fantastic. We also have a hint of romance – still in its initial stage – and I am looking forward to seeing how this would be explored in the next book.

If you are looking for an engrossing, unique, riveting historical mystery, Murder in Postscript by Mary Winters is THE book for you.

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