A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne Series #1)

A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne Series #1)

by Darcie Wilde


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Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen, this new mystery series set in 19th-century London introduces the charming and resourceful Rosalind Thorne, a woman privy to the secrets of high society—including who among the ton is capable of murder...
The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned the family. To survive in the only world she knew, she began to manage the affairs of some of London society’s most influential women, who have come to rely on her wit and discretion.
So, when artistocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in London’s most exclusive ballroom, Almack’s, Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncover the killer from a list of suspects that includes Almack’s powerful patronesses and her former suitor Devon Winterbourne, now Lord Casselmaine.
Torn between her old love and a growing attraction to a compelling Bow Street runner, Rosalind must not only unravel the mysteries surrounding Jasper’s death, but the mysteries of her own heart as well...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425282373
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Series: Rosalind Thorne Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 320,799
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Darcie Wilde is a pseudonym for Sarah Zettel, author of mysteries, science fiction, romance and Young Adult fiction, including the New York Times Notable Book Fool’s War. She also writes under the names C. L. Anderson and Marissa Day.

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A Useful Woman 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something along the lines of Susanna Caulkins' Lucy Campion or CS Harris' Sebastian St Cyr mystery series and I think I've found it. The characters are real; flawed, and the dialogue is realistic, not forced or contrived. Rosalinde Thorne drew my sympathy, but she especially earned my respect, both for the way she handles awkward social situations, and - as the mystery and danger unfold - how she sees it through and remains to face the outcome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this mystery. Lots of twists and turns made it interesting. Will be reading the next in the series.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book!!!!!! A young woman, Rosalind, and her mother are left destitute when her father and older sister leave the family after economic disaster befalls them. We catch up to Rosalind a few years later. She has made herself very useful to various Society ladies in London by hiring herself out as a temporary personal secretary whenever a particularly scandalous event threatens to ruin a family or person. Rosalind basically the 19th Century version of a Public Relations Firm. She has the contacts and the know-how to solve a lot of problems and avoid scandal. She has a greed to stay with her godmother while they plan for the godmother and godfather to leave to the continent because he is being transferred. However, she comes across the body of the scion of a local family who she is also helping. Now she has to solve the murder while also keeping up with her other responsibilities. The characters (especially Rosalind) are wonderful. The plotting is very well paced. The settings are well described. There is even a touch of romance. Overall an excellent book and I would like to know more about Rosalind's adventures.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. You really had to concentrate to keep all the goings-on straight. I really enjoyed the Rosalind character, and look forward to meeting up with her again (and hopefully the rest of the cast of characters) in the next book in this new series.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Set in 19th Century London, Rosalind Thorne falls from society's heights to barely living on the edge, after her father ran from his debtors, taking her older sister with him. Rosalind, left with her mother, who refused to face the truth about her husband, had to give away all of their belongings to pay her fathers debts. After her mother's death, she has to rely on the kindness of her Godmother to take her in, learning how to survive on her wits. That's Rosalind's back story, but as the novel starts, all of the above has happened and she is living with a very small staff, in an apartment on her own. She has a job, of sorts, using her contacts in high society, to help the, for lack of a better term, the "B" wrung of society, invite the correct people to their parties, write correspondence, and work the paparazzi into turning a positive light on whatever it is that will help them rise in society. She turns out to be very good at this, and while she does not "make a living", she does trade her services for favors, and guest stays in their households. Before she had fallen from acceptable levels of society, she had been almost engaged, but definitely in love, with the second son of a Duke. Now, as his older brother kicked off, Lord Casselmaine, is almost engaged to another young lady, whom Rosalind had a somewhat tenuous relationship. The three of them become embroiled in the mysterious death of Jasper Aimesworth, and as they unravel the mystery, her skills in society are put to the test, and she has to face possible heartbreak, again. Darcie Wilde did a wonderful job of giving her readers a detailed look at different levels of London society, during this time. I loved the heartbreaking sub story between Devon and Rosalind, and also the sexual tension between Rosalind and the Detective hired to investigate the murder. As each character was revealed, you learned that they were one piece in a very intricate puzzle. Several times, my opinion of different characters changed, and I was quite surprised at the conclusion to this novel. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Copyright 2016 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite surprisingly good.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Darcie Wilde beings Regency England to life in, A USEFUL WOMAN. A delightful first in the Rosalind Thorne Mysteries, Ms. Wilde pens a “Jane Austin inspired” story that is sure to capture the imaginations of readers from multiple genres. Just two chapters into A USEFUL WOMAN, it was clear to me author Wilde had really done her research into the pageantry of nineteenth century England, and the upper class of that time. Her use of terms and sayings are spot on, and her descriptions made this story come to life in such a way that I felt like I was an observer in the story, more so than a reader. Series name sake, Rosalind Thorne is witty, strong, and a refreshing protagonist. Indeed, all the characters in this story are wonderfully multi layered. Mystery, romance, and excellent writing abound in A USEFUL WOMAN!