English Wife
by Willig, Lauren

A fairytale marriage between two English aristocrats erupts at a Shakespeare-themed ball where the husband dies and the wife is presumed dead, a scandalous event that prompts an unlikely alliance between the husband's sister and a reporter who is determined to uncover the truth. By the award-winning author of The Mischief of the Mistletoe.

LAUREN WILLIG is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Pink Carnation series and a RITA Award-winner for Best Regency Historical for The Mischief of the Mistletoe. A graduate of Yale University, she has a graduate degree in English history from Harvard and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

Willig, author of the popular Pink Carnation series, transports readers to the last decade of the nineteenth century in her latest offering. Tragedy strikes at a ball at the home of handsome, wealthy New Yorker Bayard Van Duyvil and his lovely English wife, Annabelle, when Bayard is fatally stabbed and Annabelle disappears. Bayard's sister, Janie, is certain she saw Annabelle floating unconscious in the river by the house shortly before Janie and her cousin discovered Bayard. The newspapers paint the shocking events as a murder-suicide, with Bayard as the perpetrator. Janie is determined to get to the truth, and when she catches nosy but charming reporter James Burke snooping around her house, she decides to enlist his help. Sparks fly between the two as they discover Annabelle may not have been who she claimed to be. Willig alternates between Janie and Burke's investigation in 1899 and Bayard and Annabelle's courtship five years before to reveal both Bayard's and Annabelle's many secrets. The pages fly fast and furious in this thoroughly engaging, suspenseful yarn. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

In the late 1800s, a woman investigates the mysterious circumstances behind her brother's death.Janie Van Duyvil has always felt like a wallflower, even among her own family. Her brother, Bayard, and her cousin Anne were best friends, leaving her out. Her imposing mother clearly favored Bay while expecting Janie to follow all her orders. When Bay takes a trip to London, he comes home with a mysterious new wife, Annabelle. No one seems to know much about Annabelle's past, especially not Janie. But when Janie and Anne find Bay dying during a lavish party at his house, a knife stuck in his chest, everything changes. Annabelle is nowhere to be found, and Janie is the only one who hears Bay's final word: "George." As people gossip and the papers invent stories about Bay and Annabelle, Janie wants to find out the truth. Rumors swirl: that Annabelle was having an affair, that Bay murdered her, and that Annabelle might actually have been an imposter. Together with a reporter named Bu rke (and against her mother's wishes), Janie begins to secretly investigate Bay's life and the circumstances behind his death. As she learns more, she starts to wonder whom she can trust. Is her own family hiding things from her? What about the man from Annabelle's past who claims to know who she really was? And does Burke really care about her, or is he just using her to get a story? The multitude of characters can be a bit confusing at first, but as the plot picks up, the novel turns into an engaging read. Willig (The Other Daughter, 2015, etc.) creates a story that is full of rich historical details about the Gilded Age in New York—the jewels, the luxurious fashions, the opulent homes, and the scandal that lurked behind the beautiful exteriors. The mystery is not easily solved, and readers will find themselves guessing until the very end. And though the story is primarily about the mystery behind Annabelle and Bay, it also features a satisfying romance between Janie and Burke. A dark, romantic mystery full of twists and turns. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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