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Murder in Westminster

(2022)
(The first book in the Lady Worthing Mystery series)
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Vanessa Riley, whose The Duke, The Lady, and a Baby was one of Oprah Magazine's 25 Must‑Read Black Romance Novels, cements her reputation as an innovative new voice in historical romance with this new historical mystery series. Perfect for fans of Bridgerton and readers seeking more diversity and authenticity, Murder in Westminster introduces the strong, capable Lady Abigail Worthing, who must unearth a killer to clear her own name.

Discovering a body on her property presents Lady Abigail Worthing with more than one pressing problem. The victim is Juliet, the wife of her neighbor, Stapleton Henderson. Although Abigail has little connection with the lady in question, she expects to be under suspicion. Abigail’s skin color and her mother’s notorious past have earned her a certain reputation among the
ton, and no amount of wealth or status will eclipse it.
 
Abigail can’t divulge that she was attending a secret pro-abolition meeting at the time of the murder. To her surprise, Henderson offers her an alibi. Though he and Juliet were long estranged, he feels a certain loyalty to his late wife. Perhaps together, he and Abigail can learn the truth. . . . Abigail, whose marriage was not a love match, knows well how appearances can deceive—and how treacherous London’s high society can be. Yet who would have killed Juliet, and why? Taking the reins of her life in a way she never has before, Abby intends to find out—but she may uncover more danger than she ever imagined . . .
 
“Vanessa Riley deftly combines historical fact with an exhilarating story and a truly inclusive cast of characters. . . . A triumph: atmospheric, evocative, and utterly irresistible.”
—Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Emily series
 
“A fresh, unique take on the Regency. . . . Lady Worthing is an intrepid and unforgettable heroine. .”
—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author of the Veronica Speedwell Mysteries

“Vanessa Riley breathes new life into the genre.
--Sherry Thomas, USA Today bestselling author of the Lady Sherlock series
 


Genre: Historical Mystery

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