A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins appealed to me as a reader of historical romances. Especially romances set in the Victorian period. This time there was also a mystery wrapped within the pages of the romance which was equally compelling for me.
The main character of A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is Lady Katherine Bascomb who owns and writes for the local paper. She is a widow who is strong-headed woman with a good heart. Her deceased husband did not treat her well and since his death she has resolved to answer to no man. So when she finds her path crossing with Detective Andrew Eversham, she has to decide if she is going to trust him with her life…and maybe even her heart.
Kate and Andrew have an easy chemistry but their interactions felt very insta-love to me. I wanted to have more build up before they were in each others arms and making declarations to each other. Understandably, the pressure of being present for a murder mystery may have elevated their tensions a little bit but, I still wasn’t fully convinced of their connection as much as I believe I should have been.
I enjoyed the murder mystery part of A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem. Part of Kate’s strong-headed nature results in her not waiting for Andrew to ask questions but instead going to for the answers herself. I enjoyed this but there were a couple of times when it annoyed me because I could tell that she was putting herself in danger that would require her to be rescued by someone else. I could respect Kate’s determination to find out the information though and her fight to stop women from being so sheltered from the realities of society. Her commentary was actually pretty funny at times.
Overall, I found A Woman’s Guide To Mischief and Murder to be a easy read. I did wind up setting it down for a bit and coming back to it though because I felt like I getting kind of stuck. Like I said, I wanted there to be more of a connection between Kate and Andrew that would have made the romance more believable. Although, they were steamy together, there was a connecting element missing from them that would have made their relationship more believable and stronger for me.
Rating: 3 Stars