An Invitation to Murder (Regency Matchmaker Mysteries #1)
Lady Katherine only has one week to catch the Pink Ribbon Killer. Not only to stop the killing but also to prove her skills at detection to her father and win her dowry and independence. There’s only one catch—she has to take one last matchmaking job to do it. Never mind that the match is impossible, all the better because if she fails, then no one will seek her services again. The job provides the perfect cover especially when her peculiar investigatory techniques are mistaken for unconventional matchmaking attempts. Things would go a lot smoother if she weren’t knee-deep in suspects and thwarted at every turn by a rival matchmaker. But when the killer strikes again, Katherine’s investigation leads down a dangerous path. Too late, she discovers that she has a lot more to lose than her dowry…

An Invitation to Murder (Regency Matchmaker Mysteries #1) Details

TitleAn Invitation to Murder (Regency Matchmaker Mysteries #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 26th, 2017
PublisherAmazon Digital Services
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GenreMystery, Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Suspense, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance

An Invitation to Murder (Regency Matchmaker Mysteries #1) Review

  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars for the first in a new series by Leighann Dobbs (along with Harmony Williams). It's a cozy mystery/suspense set in the Regency period. Two young debutante's have been strangled with pink ribbons at recent parties. Lady Katherine wants to be a detective like her father, but she also wants her dowry on her 25th birthday so she can be self-sufficient. Her father gives her 10 days to find the "Pink Ribbon Killer" without any help, if she's so receive her dowry on her birthday. She successf 4.5 stars for the first in a new series by Leighann Dobbs (along with Harmony Williams). It's a cozy mystery/suspense set in the Regency period. Two young debutante's have been strangled with pink ribbons at recent parties. Lady Katherine wants to be a detective like her father, but she also wants her dowry on her 25th birthday so she can be self-sufficient. Her father gives her 10 days to find the "Pink Ribbon Killer" without any help, if she's so receive her dowry on her birthday. She successfully found matches for her older sisters, so she's getting an unwanted reputation for being a matchmaker, which isn't something she wants to do, but if it gets her invited to an end of season event where she can find out who the Pink Ribbon Killer is she'll do it. With her pug Emma, her lady's maid Harriet, and her extremely shy debutante charge, Annie Pickering, she's off to the Earl of Northbrook's.There are too many suspects to mention. It could've been any of the men, and even a few of the women fell under suspicion. At one point I suspected a couple of the women because they seemed so desperate to marry off their daughters. Lady Katherine does receive a little help from her friend Lyle, a Bow Street Runner and inventor, and in a roundabout way Emma helped too. In the end she figures out who the murderer is and Annie receives a proposal of marriage.This is a little different than the usual cozy mysteries and Regency stories because it combines the two genres. There were a few hilarious moments involving a moth and butterflies. I liked that Annie found a love match with an unlikely fellow, and it looks like Lady Katherine may have an assistant detective to help her, but I won't spill the beans about who it is.I pre-ordered this book from Amazon, but received a copy from the author for additional edits and review. All opinions are own. I look forward to Lady Katherine's future adventures.
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  • Joanne
    January 1, 1970
    An Invitation to Murder is the first book in a delightful new series, the Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries by Leighann Dobbs and Harmony Williams. This is the first book I have read set during the Regency period. Combined with the classic cozy mystery features I found the book enthralling and it fully held my attention. The protagonist, Lady Katherine Irvine is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps as a private detective. The “Pink Ribbon Murders” of two debutantes in London remain unso An Invitation to Murder is the first book in a delightful new series, the Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries by Leighann Dobbs and Harmony Williams. This is the first book I have read set during the Regency period. Combined with the classic cozy mystery features I found the book enthralling and it fully held my attention. The protagonist, Lady Katherine Irvine is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps as a private detective. The “Pink Ribbon Murders” of two debutantes in London remain unsolved and Lady Katherine is determined to find the perpetrator. Every great protagonist has a great cover story or activities. Lady Katherine’s claim to fame is that of a successful matchmaker for young women within the aristocracy. The characters are developed and portray their roles in the way of that period in history. The plot is well crafted with multiple twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. Scattered throughout the book There were words, phrases and regional terms which added to the historical setting and relevance within the plot. If you’ve never read a book of the Regency genre and love cozy mysteries, this is a perfect introduction to that combination. Filled with humor, suspense and intrigue, this is a book you don’t want to miss! I’m looking forward to further adventures of Lady Katherine. 5 stars for this first in a new series book.Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    An Invitation To Murder (Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries Book 1)by Leighann Dobbs and Harmony Williams is a thoroughly delightful first book in a new series. Lady Katherine Irvine, the daughter of the Earl of Dorchester, is hoping to follow in her father's footsteps as a member of the British aristocracy who also tracks murders (as a member of a secret society with a focus on investigation). This is, of course, not really an acceptable pastime for the Earl, let alone his marriage-age daughter. An Invitation To Murder (Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries Book 1)by Leighann Dobbs and Harmony Williams is a thoroughly delightful first book in a new series. Lady Katherine Irvine, the daughter of the Earl of Dorchester, is hoping to follow in her father's footsteps as a member of the British aristocracy who also tracks murders (as a member of a secret society with a focus on investigation). This is, of course, not really an acceptable pastime for the Earl, let alone his marriage-age daughter. He is offered her possession of her dowry in a wager, due by her 25th birthday-ten days, that she can solve a crime with no assistance from anyone else. This money would enable her to live her own life, away from the pressures of her stepmother to marry. She has someone who helps her, a friend, Lyle Murphy, who is a Bow Street runner, the closest thing to a professional police detective at this time. Lyle is also an inventor, working on inventions to help in tracing criminals. Additional members of the team are Emma, an ornery little pug, and Harriet, Lady Katherine's lady's maid. In the receiving room is Mrs. Pickering, a matron who lives at the edge of high society who wishes to hire Lady Katherine as a matchmaker/chaperone for her daughter, Annie, who on her own probably wouldn't be able to make an advantageous match, but with Lady Katherine's skills and place in society, may. Lady Katherine has no desire to be a matchmaker, but it will gain her an invitation to a house party at the home of Lord Northbrook, who had been attendance at the locations of two earlier murders of young women and may hold the key to finding the murderer. For a long while Lady Katherine makes no progress in making the match for Annie or in identifying the murderer. To make matters worse, Captain Dorian Wayland, another investigator of who her father had warned her to be wary, was present at the house party, no doubt for the same reason she was. In full disclosure, the Regency period is one of my favorite times in history and books. The reality of Lady Katherine being an investigator, let alone have a friendship with Lyle Murphy, is a stretch. The reality is, in light of modern times, it is enjoyable to imagine and allow Lady Katherine more independence that she would have been allowed. Her attraction to Captain Wayland, both professional and personal, is an intriguing subplot. The description of the interactions between characters is well rounded and interesting, as well as pretty typical of the time. Much of the stilted behavior is portrayed accurately but in an open manner accessible to modern readers. Lyle Murphy lends credence to the actual awakenings of modern police science that was happening at the time. The story was well plotted, with elegant misdirection at every turn but a logical outcome, which had been thoroughly hinted at throughout the story. Lady Katherine's limited but important interactions with her lady's maid reminded the reader of the formality of the time. The murders and their motives were loaded with human emotion and misery.An Invitation to Murder is an enjoyable book and I look forward to the next book in the series. I recommend it.
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  • Lisa Millett
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided this book free for a true and honest review. I read it in one day and couldn't put it down. The setting is 1816 and Lady Katherine has 10 days to solve the pink ribbon murders. Two young debutante have been strangled with pink ribbons at 2 different parties during the season. Lady Katherine wants to collect on a wager with her father which would allow her to get her dowry on her 25th birthday and live on her own. In order to investigate she accepts a job as a matchmaker for young I was provided this book free for a true and honest review. I read it in one day and couldn't put it down. The setting is 1816 and Lady Katherine has 10 days to solve the pink ribbon murders. Two young debutante have been strangled with pink ribbons at 2 different parties during the season. Lady Katherine wants to collect on a wager with her father which would allow her to get her dowry on her 25th birthday and live on her own. In order to investigate she accepts a job as a matchmaker for young Annie at a party being held where all of the possible suspects will be. She brings along her maid and her adorable dog who adds some comic relief to the story as she is a thief. Lady Katherine begins to investigate and she is set on 2 gentleman as her main suspects so she tries to figure out which one it is. Another attack occurs but this time Lady Katherine and her friend, Lyle are able to save the young lady. With the house on lockdown, Lady Katherine and Lyle question everyone but they don't seem to be getting anywhere. Just when she thinks she has it figured out, Lady Katherine puts herself in danger. The book has an awesome and surprising ending that keeps the reader enthralled to the end. Another winner by author Leighann Dobbs. I highly recommend this book to all mystery readers and especially those that like the recency genre.
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  • Debi Paglia
    January 1, 1970
    An Invitation to Murder is set in Regency England in 1816 London. It is the first book in the new Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries Series by Leighann Dobbs and Harmony Williams. Lady Katherine Irvine is the daughter of the Earl of Dorchester, who is a renowned detective in Britain. Katherine has followed in her father's footsteps. She, at age 24 years, has decided not to wed, but to work as an undercover private investigator. As the story begins, she is trying to solve the murders of two London An Invitation to Murder is set in Regency England in 1816 London. It is the first book in the new Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries Series by Leighann Dobbs and Harmony Williams. Lady Katherine Irvine is the daughter of the Earl of Dorchester, who is a renowned detective in Britain. Katherine has followed in her father's footsteps. She, at age 24 years, has decided not to wed, but to work as an undercover private investigator. As the story begins, she is trying to solve the murders of two London debutantes, which she is calling "The Pink-Ribbon Murders." The story is very well developed and held my interest until the end. I found Katherine to be entertaining. Her spicy language and friendship with the police detective showed her youthfulness, yet her thought processes showed maturity. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clean mysteries and surprise endings.
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Katherine really wants her independence, and her dowry would give her just the backing she needs. Her father has promised that he will give her the dowry if she can solve the pink ribbon murders before her birthday. To that end, she accepts a matchmaking position for Annie, a socially awkward, bug loving young woman whose mother is desperate to get her married off to someone of appropriate status. Lady Katherine and Annie head to an estate in the country. What follows is an hilarious, intri Lady Katherine really wants her independence, and her dowry would give her just the backing she needs. Her father has promised that he will give her the dowry if she can solve the pink ribbon murders before her birthday. To that end, she accepts a matchmaking position for Annie, a socially awkward, bug loving young woman whose mother is desperate to get her married off to someone of appropriate status. Lady Katherine and Annie head to an estate in the country. What follows is an hilarious, intriguing, dangerous adventure that kept me guessing until the very end. I really enjoyed this one. Highly recommend!
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  • Sharon M. Turner
    January 1, 1970
    Another great Leighann Dobbs bookFrom the pen of one of the most prolific writers in present times, we journey back to 1816 London to follow a young gentle woman of title follow in her detective father's footprints. Joining forces with a Bow Street Runner, Lady Katherine tries to catch a serial killer before he kills again. Read and follow her reasoning until the culprit is caught.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first Regency story and I loved it. Lady Katherine is determined not to be tied down by earning her freedom by solving the Pink Ribbon murders. She involves herselfe by accepting a matchmaking job. Suspects abound both male and female. Then the mysterious Capt Wayland doesn't help by getting in the way. I loved the way she followed the suspects and the clues. I highly recommend it!
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  • Kidzmomca
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy Leighann Dobbs' writing and Invitation To Murder was no exception. The setting was interesting and fun to read about. Kind of like Downton Abbey meets Agatha Christie. I really like the main character, Lady Katherine, and her little dog Emma. I can hardly wait to see where Katherine's new found independence will lead her. Great story, and a must-read.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in a wonderful new series! This easy and relaxing read transports you back in time and keeps you sleuthing right along with the characters. If you like historical murder mysteries, don't miss this one!
  • Mary Cadahia
    January 1, 1970
    this is an author to watch for. her characters are engaging, fun and will leave you feeling like you know them and you miss them when the book is finished. This author should be an automatic pre order for readers.
  • Mary B. Bater
    January 1, 1970
    Great MysteryI read this book because of author and wasn't disappointed. Katherine is trying to solve murders so she can get a "dowry" to be independent. She must do it herself though and takes job of matchmaker to assist in this endeavor.
  • Ingrid Hahn
    January 1, 1970
    Cute!
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