Friday, April 14, 2017

Regency Romance and Murder Mystery

The pairing of regency romance and murder mystery leads to some intriguing stories and author Anya Wylde has just the ticket in her recently released box set.

The box set contains three of Anya’s regency books. PENELOPE is a romantic comedy while the other two are cozy mysteries with a dash of romance. 

Here’s a brief look at what’s contained in the box set.

Leaving behind the rural charms of Finnshire, Miss Penelope Fairweather arrives in London with hope in her heart and a dream in her eye. The dowager, no less, has invited her for a season in London, where she will attempt to catch a husband.
Thus, begins our heroine’s tale as she attempts to tackle the London season with all her rustic finesse. Unfortunately, her rustic finesse turns out to be as delicate as a fat bear trying to rip apart a honeycomb infested with buzzing bees.
What follows is a series of misadventures, love affairs, moonlit balls, fancy clothes, fake moustaches, highwaymen, sneering beauties, pickpockets, and the wrath of a devilishly handsome duke.


The infamous rake, Lord Richard Hamilton, has finally chosen his bride—the very appropriate Miss Emma Grey.
The ton approves, Lord Grey is pleased, Lady Grey delighted, and Emma is over the moon, but her uncle, (the blasted) Duke of Arden opposes the match, and Emma is ordered to move to the duke’s estate to think things over.
Richard Hamilton refuses to take things lying down and concocts a plan. A plan that should have brought the lovers together and had them married within a month. It was a simple matter of masquerading as the duke’s gardener, compromising the lady, and then having the duke rush them off to Gretna Green.
Alas, he underestimates the duke’s intelligence and the tangled situation on the estate—never had he imagined that compromising a lady could be so difficult.
His endeavours lead to a comedy of errors, charades, and knotty love affairs. Yet he forges ahead in spite of pesky house guests, a flea-bitten mattress, his lovesick best friend, and a blackmailer.
Just when things seem to be going well, someone is murdered (very inconvenient), and he happens to be one of the suspects (extremely inconvenient). 
His simple plan for winning the wager suddenly becomes … a tad complicated.


A murder and a theft have been committed at Rudhall Manor. A box of jewels has vanished and Lord Sedley, a lusty old aristocrat, has been stabbed six times in the chest.
It is all very mysterious, and the Sedley family and the servants have decided that Miss Lucy Anne Trotter, a recently employed governess, is to blame for the unfortunate events.
The legendary and wickedly handsome Marquis, Lord William Adair, learns of the matter and decides to uncover the truth.
Lucy, however, has little faith in blue blooded creatures—even if they possess dashing good looks— and, accompanied by two naughty pugs and a moody raven, decides to investigate and unmask the killer herself.
But the hunt for the killer turns out to be far more complicated than she anticipates—what with snooty servants, warts in odd places, mixed up love affairs, agitated chickens and dreadful disguises ruining her plans.
Soon she begins to wonder if, for once, she is in over her head….

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Anya, here’s a bit of background on her.

Anya Wylde lives in Ireland along with her husband, an adorable baby boy and a fat French poodle (now on a diet). She can cook a mean curry, and her idea of exercise is occasionally stretching her toes. She holds a degree in English literature and adores reading and writing.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy a mix of murder mystery and regency romance? Are you a fan of box sets?


  1. Co-incidentally I am rereading a Georgette Heyer at the moment (the queen of Regency romance). And murder happens everywhere - as it always has. These sound like fun, and I do like box sets to guzzle.

  2. That's an interesting mix in one set, but for those who like a variety, it's perfect.

  3. Oh, that is an interesting combination, Mason - mystery and Regency! It certainly sounds enticing for fans of historical mysteries.

  4. A strange collection for a box set. If I buy a boxed set they are usually a series (Mitford series is my favorite)


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