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A shooting party at the Earl of Witton’s remote country house is a high treat for champion shot Patricia Merton - until unexpected guests turn the social atmosphere dangerously sour.  

That’s not Pat’s biggest problem. She’s visiting her old friend, the Earl’s heir Jimmy Yoxall - but she wants to spend a lot more time with Jimmy’s fiancée. The irrepressible Miss Fenella Carruth, with her laughing eyes and lush curves, is the most glorious woman Pat’s ever met, and it quickly becomes impossible to remember why she needs to stay at arm’s length.  

But while the women’s attraction grows, the tensions at Rodington Court get worse. Affairs, secrets, betrayals, and blackmail come to light. And when a body is discovered with a knife between the shoulderblades, it’s going to take Pat and Fen’s combined talents to prevent the murderer destroying all their lives.

©2019 KJ Charles (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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A very enjoyable listen with interesting characters and a good plot. Out of the ordinary. Worth keeping.

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  • A.E. Bross
  • 15-11-19

Throwing Propriety out the window!

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. In fact, it may be one of my favorites of Charles' works. It felt very much like the development of the relationship between characters (not just the romance between Pat and Fen, but the friendships and familial relationships written about as well) developed at a pace that felt natural. The reader is very much treated to a study in the interplay between a group of people with mixed emotions and opinions of each other, as well as the surroundings.

While I identified most with Pat, who shares many of my own qualities and outlooks on life (though I'm not a gun person), I was most entranced by the development of Fen, who I felt blossomed outward in a way that had me wanting to know more of this woman who hated the masks that people wore, yet found it so protective to wear her own. The idea of her having this secret self, one that was so strong and determined, was absolutely everything.

My only complaint about this book (and the reason the story is 4 star and not 5) had to be, well, the steamier, romantic parts. This is the first primarily f/f pairing I have read by K.J. Charles, and I found it fairly disappointing. It almost fell into what might consider "traditional gender roles." While Charles' m/m pairings are usually a rush of excitement, of power dynamics and surrender, of stripping off the armor that these characters wear so that they are laid bare (no pun intended) to the dangers of the heart, Pat and Fen felt more subdued, more demure, when neither character behaved in such a manner during the rest of the story. Fen's attempt at "teaching" in some of the more private scenes felt lackluster at best, and utterly frustrating at worst. I mean, I feel that the story, characters, and setting more than made up for it, but I would have preferred that it didn't have to.

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  • NYC wheeler
  • 30-01-20

Mystery, romance, two women in love

A change for KJ Charles, who I think normally does MM romance novels, and a novel, which greatly beefed up the mystery portion-- I didn't manage to figure out who it was until it was almost at the reveal point-- with two women protagonists. I really don't understand people complaining about Fern being too silly-- that was explained and I quite like the intelligent woman behind the fluff. Actually I really wish Pen was less mannish-- for goodness sake us ladies can be good looking and fluffy and also good shots, although the gender lines were much stricter during this era so perhaps not, but I would have liked there to be much less a division of the two women in terms of "types" but overall a great story and a good foray into WW romance novels for KJ as well as mystery books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-12-19

AND audible just makes it even better.

I loved the novel... Really loved it. Audible just blew it out of the park.

KJ Charles writes some of the best historical romances and this one, a begged for prequel to Thoughts of England was a perfect gift for those of us who were already in love with TOE...The narrator took that tale and made it even better. I so love the voicing of Pat and Fen...

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  • Michelle
  • 18-04-22

No criticisms. Zero.

Easily 5/5 stars. One of my favorite audiobooks in my collection. I’ve listened to it several times already. The experience is honestly like having a movie play in your mind. This narrator is that good, and the events are so well paced and well written. The characters, especially Pat and Fen, are just amazingly well drawn. They are honestly two of the best main characters I’ve come across in a long time, and they compliment one another so well. And the addition of the murder mystery is just downright fun. Who doesn’t love a Clue-style whodunnit? I’ll forever be grateful I found this gem!

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  • N. Salem
  • 28-10-21

one of my favorites

the story is about lady love with a side of murder mystery. there's some background m/m but the focus is definitely on Patricia(Pat) and Fenella(Fen)

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  • A. Zulli
  • 03-03-21

Excellent reader, good story

I do wish there were hotter sex scenes. What there was was good though. The reader is superb, especially as Fen.

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  • Garcia Drummond
  • 24-09-20

The worst dinner party in the best way!

it's difficult to know where to begin gushing when a book meets all your personal requirements. I adore the strong female lead in this tale,her personality and actions never strayed from plausibility which is just wonderful! also the important part in having a cast of characters this large is having diverse motivations and backgrounds that come together beautifully. KJ Charles has done it yet again, i think this is her only f/f pairing to date and the way they compliment eachother is dreamy.

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  • UnDeadGoat
  • 12-09-20

Great story, unfortunate attitudes about dress

A really lovely classic country house party murder mystery, with lesbian romance, plenty of couples having sex, and a character-driven plot. You may be able to guess some secrets before they're revealed to the main character but nothing is too obvious, the twists and turns will surprise you forgot coming out of nowhere.

Unfortunately the author doesn't seem to understand corsetry or aspects of women's fashion--in the Edwardian period especially a well-fitted corset would have had very little restriction on a woman's ability to breathe or move, and they would have still been written by women of all classes similar as bras are worn today. Nobody would have worn "stays," a form of early corsetry that creates a conical shape and pushes the bust up, unlike the lower and more natural busts of the late Victorian and Edwardian period. Also a shirtwaist and sensible skirts would not have been an eccentric choice for ladies' daywear or casual wear.

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  • Anya
  • 12-09-20

lovely story and brilliant performance!

I always love KJ Charles' characters. they are all so real and flawed and relatable. they are also uncompromising. I like how the author always manages to concoct a story where the good guys always win and they don't loose themselves or their identifies along the way. no compromises, just themselves!
special kudos to the narrator. they made every voce distinctive. I especially liked the variety of Northern accents in the staff.

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  • Destiny
  • 28-07-20

easy listening

not a fan of the writing. the voice actress was good, she brought the dull story to life.