A Purely Private Matter (Rosalind Thorne Series #2)

A Purely Private Matter (Rosalind Thorne Series #2)

by Darcie Wilde


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The Rosalind Thorne Mysteries—inspired by the novels of Jane Austen—continue as the audacious Rosalind strives to aid those in need while navigating the halls of high society…

Rosalind Thorne has slowly but assuredly gained a reputation as “a useful woman”—by helping respectable women out of some less-than-respectable predicaments. 

Her latest endeavor is a tragedy waiting to happen. Desperate Margaretta Seymore is with child—and her husband is receiving poisoned pen letters that imply that her condition is the result of an affair with the notorious actor Fletcher Cavendish. Margaretta asks Rosalind to find out who is behind the scurrilous letters. But before she can make any progress, Cavendish is found dead, stabbed through the heart. 

Suddenly, Rosalind is plunged into the middle of one of the most sensational murder trials London has ever seen, and her client’s husband is the prime suspect. With the help of the charming Bow Street runner Adam Harkness, she must drop the curtain on this fatal drama before any more lives are ruined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425282380
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Rosalind Thorne Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 208,604
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Darcie Wilde is the author of the Regency Makeover Trilogy of eNovellas as well as A Useful Woman, the first novel in a Regency-set historical mystery series inspired by the novels of Jane Austen. Her book Lord of the Rakes was a 2014 Romantic Times nominee for Best First Historical Romance.

Visit her online at darciewilderomance.com.

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A Purely Private Matter 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed both books in this series. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the first two! Rosalind is a well developed and complicated heroine with a wonderful cast of supporting characters. The mysteries are well crafted and deliciously twisted. Beware of red herrings and plot twists!
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Love Rosalind Thorne. I read the first book and was looking forward to another story - and I wasn't disappointed. Rosalind Thorne is a great character, and I like her spunk and intelligence. My only complaint? Now I have to wait for the next book to be written so I can read it. Bring them on, Ms. Wilde.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Rosalind Thorne was brought up a young lady comfortable living in the upper eschelon of English Society. However, due to some unfortunate circumstances (her father swindled money and ran away) she is left living on the edge of society, still accepted but only as a companion. She makes her living giving advice and investigating matters for women, using her connections to maneuver through somewhat murky circumstances. In A Purely Private Matter, a friend introduces a woman to her whose husband is suing her for having an affair, one that she says she didn’t have. Rosalind, while investigating her claim finds herself in the center of an unsavory murder mystery and a partner of sorts to Bow Street runner Adam Harkness. I am really enjoying this series. It’s a little slower paced than I’m used to, however, the intricacies of society are fascinating. Rosalind, having been brought up comfortably, is adept at using her influence and is skilled at asking questions and putting all of the pieces together. She is paired up again with runner Adam Harkness, and we are given some insight into his hesitations at taking their relationship further because of the differences in their background. Her childhood sweatheart Devon, the Duke of something or other (I can’t remember, sorry!) is also still in the picture and Rosalind is torn between the two men. She is also almost single handedly figuring out the puzzle of who is the murderer. This novel has a slow wit and charm and the characters are unique and interesting. I’m definitely interested in reading the third novel. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent twist on the genre!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this series and cant wait for more.
kymroberts911 More than 1 year ago
Darcie Wilde’s tales of regency England enthrall readers with layers of romantic intrigue both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Her May release, A PURELY PRIVATE MATTER, takes us on a journey that weaves Rosalind Thorne’s past with her future, while she unravels the secrets behind the mysterious death of a famous actor. A literal heartthrob, Fletcher Cavendish has made his way to fame while laughing at the haute ton who adore him. When he turns up dead, London is in mourning and demanding justice be served, but the man in charge of the investigation isn’t so much interested in justice, as protecting one of the main suspects in the case. Mistakes and misdeeds abound by all of the characters, making Rosalind question her own choices, and how they will affect her path in life. A PURELY PRIVATE MATTER doesn’t take readers into the typical house parties or balls. The story occurs in the every day life of the non-peerage society of London. From libraries, to legal dramas inside the House of Commons, to the headquarters of the Bow Street runners, I loved the glimpse inside the reality of 1800’s England. Ms. Wilde’s tale of deception and greed is in an insightful peak into the flaws of the country’s early legal system and its crime fighting techniques. Watch out for this female Sherlock Holmes seeking the truth with the heart of Jane Austin on her sleeve.