When Jessica Greenwood's great-aunt Hettie was murdered in her sleep, suspicion fell on the four visiting nephews who would presumably inherit her fortune. But shock greeted those gathered when Hettie's last will decreed that Jessica was to inherit everything-provided she married one of the four men!
The selection was less than ideal. Should she choose rakish, charming Gregory? Quiet, scholarly Felix? Otto, the clever journalist being sued by the Prince Regent? Awkward, shy Horatio? She could refuse them all, of course. Then her aunt Hettie's fortune would go to the dog, Duke!
But when murder struck again, and the household was gripped by terror and suspicion, Jessica strove to find a killer-before she became his bride...
This is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. Not only is it a good romance but you really can't figure it out until the very end. Jessica lives with her Aunt Hetty in a QUIET community. The most exciting happening in her life is when the holidays bring every year Hetty's four nephews: Otto, Horatio, Gregory, and Felix. They are all completely different and all heirs to Hetty's fortune. Therefore, it isn't too surprising when Hetty is found dead. The big surprise is that Hetty leaves all her money to the nephew that marries Jessica. Soon Jessica is beset by suitors and one of them is a murderer! She doesn't find out till the end who the murderer or whom she loves. It is an EXTREMELY good read.
Ms Smith rivals Georgette Heyer with her knowledge of regency life in the Ton and with her management of the twists and turns of mysteries. All this while leaving clues in plain sight. A delightful read. The bodys turn up but without unnecessary gore. Characters are developed although a couple did get on my nerves.