This is a new sort of book for me. 1) It's a Regency historical mystery, not a romance. Some of my romances are also mysteries, but the mystery usually takes second place to the romantic part of the story. The Lady Rosamund series as a whole will have a romance running through it, but the main focus in each book will be the mystery. And 2) It's written in first person -- that is, from the intimate point of view of one character, as if she is speaking to the reader.
(Actually, I have written in first person before. When I was thirteen years old, I wrote a story inspired by something that had happened in real life. Oh, the melodrama! Oh, the teen angst! Fortunately, I never finished it. More recently, I wrote a short story in first person -- a sort of historical time travel -- which was published in the anthology Crime Travel. But I digress -- back to Lady R.)
Here's the blurb of Lady Rosamund and the Poison Pen:
Lady Rosamund Phipps, daughter of an earl, has a secret. Well, more than one. Such as the fact that she’s so uninterested in sex that she married a man who promised to leave her alone and stick to his mistress. And a secret only her family knows—the mortifying compulsion to check things over and over. Society condemns people like her to asylums. But when she discovers the dead body of a footman on the stairs, everything she’s tried to hide for years may be spilled out in broad daylight.
First the anonymous caricaturist, Corvus, implicates Lady Rosamund in a series of scandalous prints. Worse, though, are the poison pen letters that indicate someone knows the shameful secret of her compulsions. She cannot do detective work on her own without seeming odder than she already is, but she has no choice if she is to unmask both Corvus and the poison pen.
Will Corvus prove to be an ally or an enemy? With the anonymous poison pen still out there, her sanity—and her life—are at stake.
If you'd like to read an excerpt, click here to go to my website and scroll down for the excerpt.
Lastly, here are some buy links:
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B087BBLLNL/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B087BBLLNL/
Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B087BBLLNL/
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lady-rosamund-and-the-poison-pen-barbara-monajem/1136829963