Lady Helena Investigates (The Scott-De Quincy Mysteries, #1)

Lady Helena Investigates (The Scott-De Quincy Mysteries, #1)

by Jane Steen

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Overview

A reluctant lady sleuth finds she's investigating her own family. 

Step into Lady Helena Whitcombe's world with the first novel in a series that will blend family saga and mystery-driven action with a slow-burn romance in seven unputdownable investigations.

1881, Sussex. Lady Helena Scott-De Quincy's marriage to Sir Justin Whitcombe, three years before, gave new purpose to a life almost destroyed by the death of Lady Helena's first love. After all, shouldn't the preoccupations of a wife and hostess be sufficient to fulfill any aristocratic female's dreams? Such a shame their union wasn't blessed by children . . . but Lady Helena is content with her quiet country life until Sir Justin is found dead in the river overlooked by their grand baroque mansion.

The intrusion of attractive, mysterious French physician Armand Fortier, with his meddling theory of murder, into Lady Helena's first weeks of mourning is bad enough. But with her initial ineffective efforts at investigation and her attempts to revive her long-abandoned interest in herbalism comes the realization that she may have been mistaken about her own family's past. Every family has its secrets—but as this absorbing series will reveal, the Scott-De Quincy family has more than most.

Can Lady Helena survive bereavement the second time around? Can she stand up to her six siblings' assumption of the right to control her new life as a widow? And what role will Fortier—who, as a physician, is a most unsuitable companion for an earl's daughter—play in her investigations?

A new series by Jane Steen, author of the House of Closed Doors series that has delighted thousands of fans (over 300 5-star reviews on Amazon and over 700 5-star ratings on Goodreads.) If you're looking for an unputdownable Victorian mystery saga, here's where you start!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155032090
Publisher: Aspidistra Press
Publication date: 03/14/2018
Series: The Scott-De Quincy Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,465
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jane Steen has lived in three countries but is now back in her native England, living on the south east coast. She’s always had one foot in the past and loves to write fiction set in the nineteenth century, drawing on Victorian traditions of mystery, melodrama, and hauntings. She’s passionate about promoting quality indie publishing and great historical fiction, and writes feature articles for the Historical Novel Society, of which she’s an active member. She also participates in the work of the Alliance of Independent Authors and the 10-Minute Novelists, and was the originator of the Ethical Author Code and the 365K Challenge.

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Lady Helena Investigates (The Scott-De Quincy Mysteries, #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow getting started, but I'm happy I stuck with it. Definitely a few twists I didn't expect. Will be on the lookout for the 2nd book.
Silverwood More than 1 year ago
I haven't enjoyed historical fiction this much in years. While I was once a voracious reader and watcher of all things period and historical romance, I've since abandoned it for fantasy and it's many sub-genres. This year I decided to pick up historical titles again, which led me to Historical Fiction Book Tours and Jane Steen's Lady Helena Investigates. From the beginning, Steen paints the era and imagery of the English countryside in beautiful shades, yet with air of mystery. I found it easy to step into Lady Helena's heeled boots as she suffers through the death of her husband, due to a tragic accident. Her large family attempts to micro-manage her life, as a woman naturally must need help managing such a richly-endowed title. Only now, with the freedom of widowhood, Helena chooses to assert her independent wealth. As she steps into her husband's shoes and begins an active role in her estate, unexplained questions arise surrounding her husband's death. An enlightened and mysterious French doctor aids her investigation, which soon leads them to places she never expected. Jane Steen is a master storyteller, weaving the heartaches of grief with familial affairs and new relationships in a way which truly transcends time. Lady Helena Investigates challenges conventional period tropes while transporting the reader to a time as complex as ours, yet rife with the nostalgia modern audiences crave. Beautiful language and sensual prose, Jane Steen has gifted us with a modern classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. The information on herbs was really interesting and i decided to study that subject further. I always enjoy a good mystery as well so I whiled away some fun hours. I hope there will be more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed reading this account of a young widow as she seeks to become who she can be given her situation. Her increasing strength through the story of Susan and her father is seen as a turning point for her future. I look forward to reading of her adventures with her French doctor and how she accepts a newfound position of status and wealth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written Well plotted Believable characters Cliffhanger Can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!
reader48 More than 1 year ago
Most enjoyable plot, characters and the choice of words. Looking forward to more.
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Lady Helena is recently widowed from a husband she loved deeply. She is learning about using herbs as her mother before her had. Her brother, Michael wants her to marry or give over the handling of her estate to him. Helena is reading her mother's journals trying to find herbal recipes, but she learns much more. She meets a doctor that she likes, but he has secrets and she is still grieving her husband. Lady Helena starts her investigation by reading the journals and talking to her sisters, but is not prepared to find scandals, secrets, murder, incest and more information than she can understand in her life. I love this book because of all the mystery and especially because she is an independent woman who can handle herself and her estate. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no compensation otherwise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this very much. The story was interesting and kept moving at a rapid pace. It was nice to see the female protagonist find her voice and strength. I will definitely read a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a nice long story without any parts that dragged or was boring. I'm starting to love this authors writing. Really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Great historical look at class and gender in victorian england, with an interesting mystery too
Anonymous 27 days ago
The characters bring to life the entire story and the plot is so real it puts you there where everything takes place in this wonderful story.
LibbyMcKinmer More than 1 year ago
When Lady Helena Whitcomb begins to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of her beloved husband, Justin, she discovers far more than she ever expected. In the late 19th century, when Lady Helena Scott-De Quincy married Sir Justin Whitcomb, it helped her find a centre for her life, devastated by the death of her first love. Justin and Helena live a quiet country life and, while they would love to have children, they are content with their happy life together. But when Sir Justin is found dead in the river, Lady Helena is determined to find out what happened. She finds an odd ally in the mysterious, handsome French physician Armand Fortier as they begin to unravel the threads that lead them back many years into Lady Helena’s family history. As she rekindles her interest in pursuing her mother’s former work as an herbalist, the mystery widens, encompassing a tenant farm family as well. What Lady Helena discovers and the secrets she reveals will draw the reader along with her, looking into the next journal, the next painting, the next note to discover secrets, lies and broken hearts.