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A Nefarious Engagement

(The fourth book in the Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mystery series)
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Having long abandoned any hope of making a match, twenty-six-year-old Beatrice Hyde-Clare finds herself a little overwhelmed by her engagement to the Duke of Kesgrave.

Cloying society matrons clamor for her attention while her aunt reels off an endless list of servants she will have to oversee. Even the most intrepid female would quake at the prospect of managing eight footmen! Fortunately, Bea knows the perfect distraction—an intriguing mystery—and pays a call on the Countess of Abercrombie, who had promised her that very thing only the evening before.

But her ladyship is reluctant to discuss the details with a newly minted duchess-to-be, and it dawns on Bea that the investigation cuts closer to home than she could have ever imagined. Because this time the murder victims are her own mother and father, who had died twenty years before in a seemingly straightforward boating accident.

Alas, nothing is straightforward, and as Bea digs into her past, she discovers with growing horror that she has no more idea how to be a daughter than she does a duchess.

Readers continue to praise Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries Series!

I love how Messina writes the Bea-Damien dynamic. It's so warm, compelling and
heart warming. They have fast become my favourite fictional pairing and I can't get them out of my head. - Koalathebear, Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Suffice to say, this has been a hugely enjoyable series - I am so looking forward to more from this author! - Catherine, Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is such a clever blend of Jane Austen and Stephanie Plum style writing. - Paula, Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Really loving time spent with these characters...they are SO delightful! - Alisha, Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love the witticism with the main character she is endearing and I love the romantic or Slow Burn relationship to be! - Elvira, Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The witty banter between Bea and the Duke as their affection/admiration for one another grows is so engaging and fun. - Laura, Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

As to the story itself, this is another wonderful romp of a cozy crime. I loved the plot, I loved Bea’s growing confidence, and I loved her ongoing relationship and snark with the Duke of Kesgrave. - Roberta, Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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