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Lady Anne and the Haunted Schoolgirl (Lady…

Lady Anne and the Haunted Schoolgirl (Lady Anne Addison Mysteries Book 5) (vuoden 2024 painos)

Tekijä: Victoria Hamilton (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:Lady Anne and the Haunted Schoolgirl (Lady Anne Addison Mysteries Book 5)
Kirjailijat:Victoria Hamilton (Tekijä)
Info:Beyond the Page (2024), 302 pages
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Lady Anne and the Haunted Schoolgirl (Lady Anne Addison Mysteries Book 5) (tekijä: Victoria Hamilton)

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Supernatural happenings…or not!

Lady Anne Addison is at last about to be married to Tony, Marquess of Darkefell. That doesn’t slow her down in her investigations. Anne is in Bath preparing for the wedding. Her friend, Mrs Alethea Birkenhead, asks her to call at a private school for young ladies, run by Alethea’s friend Miss Sophie Lee, to enquire into troubling sightings to do with the paranormal.
What Anne finds can be explained away. What can’t be explained away is the atmosphere in the school.
In particular the girl who’s been the object of the hauntings, Miss Faithfull Collier, strikes Anne as someone who’s susceptible to these manufactured hauntings. Anne senses secrets being held back but obtains Faithfull’s promise that she’ll be careful. The bullying of Faithfull is quite a problem.
Anne is shocked when she is called to the school again. It seems Faithfull has jumped from a window to her death. Only that supposed suicide turns out to be suspicious! Anne has her hands full, what with managing her wedding, her separated parents, her intelligent but easily overwhelmed brother, and now a murder!
As one expects, Anne sails through, but not without being lured into a dangerous situation.
I had had my suppositions. They were verified in rather a nasty manner.
A lively read with Lady Anne well and truly in top form. And the wedding you ask?…

A Beyond the Page ARC via NetGalley.
Many thanks to the author and publisher. ( )
  eyes.2c | Jun 11, 2024 |
I have missed Lady Anne Addison. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a story about her and all those wonderful (and sometimes not so wonderful) people that surround her. Like her delicious fiancé the Marquess of Darkefell, aka Tony, the often-grumpy man stared at by every lady everywhere. Or her stubborn mother, loving father, sweet brother Jamey, best friend Althea and all the rest. They’re all back and it was a wonderful reunion wrapped up in another suspenseful, satisfying mystery.

I’ve missed Tony as much as I’ve missed Anne. If I recall correctly, he wasn’t around much in the last book, so it was a real joy this time to see him fully present, loud and clear. We’ve waited a long time for their wedding, and it’s finally here. I hope. Because Tony is as perfect for her as she is for him. She describes him as magnificent. He’s commanding and strong-willed, and they do butt heads often. But he is loving, caring, protective and would lay down his life for her without a second thought. Most importantly, though, he has promised to never try and control her or stop her from doing what she wants to do, who respects her and tries to understand her, and that is oh, so important to her. He’s a man who doesn’t pretend she is alluring and beautiful when he’s really only after her title and money; he actually does find her alluring and beautiful, and challenging and delightful and just wonderful. He loves her for herself. And I love Tony. He cares about her family, is patient with Jamey, always wants to be near her, and just likes her. And the way he fidgets when he’s around her, how he can’t wait for them to be married, to finally get her all to himself – adorable.

Lady Anne has made a bit of a name for herself solving mysteries. Not exactly the thing a lady should be doing and she is often criticized for it, but she’s good at it and has had much success. And if there is anything we know about Lady Anne it is that she doesn’t give a fig about what others think.

So when her good friend Althea asked her to go to a local girls’ school to help them with a young student who thinks she’s being haunted by ghosts, Lady Anne doesn’t hesitate. After investigating she believes that the ghostly apparition is in fact a cruel prank and leaves the school feeling she has convinced the student of this and all will eventually be well. Except the next day she learns the student has presumably committed suicide by jumping off the roof to her death.

What follows is a fast-paced, excellently crafted and plotted mystery full of danger and suspense as well as a large helping of the rules and mores of Lady Anne’s time as others try to restrict her investigation and have her return to her “proper” place as a lady. As usual, she perseveres, sticks her nose in where it probably doesn’t belong, and ignores the danger she is in until she’s nearly desperate and uncertain if she can escape. There are a lot of twists and turns and surprises, and a very satisfactory, believable ending.

Author Victoria Hamilton does her always stellar job of not only making Anne, Tony and every other character deep and compelling, but provides a wealth of information about life in the Georgian Era, including bad behavior and bad manners by those disapproving of Lady Anne’s independent nature. And what was referred to as a trading justice add a fascinating bit of history to an already fascinating story.

Thanks to the author and Beyond the Page Publishing for providing an advance copy of Lady Anne and the Haunted Schoolgirl via NetGalley. This is a wonderful series and this book was a welcome addition to it. I recommend you read it without hesitation (and read everything else this fabulous author has written while you’re at it). I voluntarily leave this review; all opinions are my own. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | Jun 10, 2024 |
The earlier books in this series were published in 2009 under the author name, Donna Lea Simpson. I don’t know if this book was published earlier as well or if it is a new addition to the series. Whatever the case, I enjoyed this book. I have not read the earlier books in the series, but I will remedy that as soon as I get some room in my reading schedule. While the mystery in this book is standalone, I do wish I had read the earlier books to have first-hand knowledge of the development of the relationship between Lady Anne and the Marquess of Darkfell. There are other interesting characters and relationships that I wish to learn about in the earlier books as well. There is certainly enough ‘history’ and description in this book to make it a standalone – I am just longing for that better understanding that comes from reading the previous books.

Lady Anne Addison is staying with her grandmother in Bath while preparing for her wedding to the Marquess of Darkfell. Darkfell has also rented accommodations in Bath to prepare for their union at St. Swithin’s Church. Her father and brother are staying with Darkfell while her mother is staying with her and her grandmother.

Lady Anne has little tolerance for the plans and fripperies of the wedding, so she’s happy to be summoned to the local girl's school to investigate a ‘ghostly’ incident. One of their students, Miss Faithful Collier, has had an incident with an otherworldly presence that demanded she commits suicide by jumping from the upper story window.. Miss Collier is surprisingly childlike even though she is seventeen. After doing a few interviews and making several assumptions, Lady Anne declares the ‘visitation’ to be shenanigans and trickery on the part of others in the household. She is happy to have solved the mystery and to have counseled the young lady that her visitation was not otherworldly and she should view any future events to be coming from this world rather than the next. Yay, Lady Anne. Except, the following day, Miss Collier is found – dead – directly beneath the windows from which the apparition had apparently cajoled her to jump. OOPS!

Was it suicide? Was it murder? Was it an accident? Oh! My! Goodness! It is, of course, murder. But who would hold such animosity toward a sweet, innocent, young girl? There were, of course, schoolgirl spats, but – enough to murder? Surely not! Then who – and how?

I had very mixed feelings about Lady Anne. Perhaps, had I read the previous books, I would have reacted differently. Lady Anne is presented as this brilliant investigator, but I didn’t see that. As she is investigating – every time she gets to a point where she might learn something important – there is a very convenient interruption. That truly annoys me! Also, most of the pertinent information is gathered by her friends and cohorts rather than Lady Anne. Yet – it is Lady Anne who is credited with solving the crime. Yes, she did, in the end, confront the villain and solve the crime. However, that did not happen without the TSTL moments that I absolutely detest. She is supposedly a very intelligent woman – an investigator – a solver of mysteries – yet, she doesn’t have enough sense to avoid an obvious ploy? Yes, she sent a note saying where she was going – but – good grief – how was she even sure the recipient would be in a place to receive the note and respond in time? Then, walking into a dark alley pursuing a cat? No, I was just done at that point.

I enjoyed the mystery, but the story wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted to see a truly equal partnership between Lady Anne and the Marquess, but that isn’t what I got. It was Lady Anne’s investigation – totally and completely – and the Marquess could only perform those tasks asked/allowed of him. Still, the mystery was interesting and I enjoyed seeing the resolution. If there is another book in the series, I might read it to see if there is a more equal investigative partnership now that they are married, but if it is more of the same, I probably won’t continue. That is a shame because I’ve already purchased the first books in the series and the personal relationships make me wonder if I want to read them. We’ll see.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ( )
  BarbaraRogers | May 28, 2024 |
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