'NEW' Historical Mystery from Victoria Hamilton!

First in a NEW series!
A Gentlewoman's
Guide to Murder

Scandal and slayings among Regency London's elite

The shocking murder of Sir Henry Claybourne leaves Regency London shaken and horror-struck. But for genteel spinster Miss Emmeline St. Germaine, the crime slices far too close to home.

Just hours before the knight's death she held a dagger to him, threatening him to stay silent as she rescued a scullery maid he had procured
for his pleasure.

Did the man— or woman— who murdered the knight know of her visit? Her secret identity at risk, her reputation and life in jeopardy, Emmeline must solve the crime or face scandalous exposure and ruination, or worse— the hangman's noose— for a crime she did not commit.

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Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

"[An] outstanding series launch. ... Hamilton expertly balances the page-turning detection with the
story of a  hypocritical society where women, whether they are scullery maids or orphans, rarely get
to make their own decisions.  "―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Victoria Hamilton’s charming series is a delightful find!
                                                                                               – Sheila Connolly, New York Times Bestselling Author

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There was never a time when I didn't want to be a writer, and it was how I always defined myself. But even when I wasn't writing -- which at first was most of the time! -- I was reading. Since the moment my mom handed me an Agatha Christie book when I was twelve, I've been a devoted mystery fan, and the passion lives on!

It may seem odd, then, that I started my writing career as a Regency romance author, gradually moving to the paranormal romance, and then historical mystery writing. I truly enjoyed my time writing romance, and I believe that it was the perfect training ground to force me to focus on creating character.

But the urge to write and become published in mysterty still held me captive. I finally achieved my life's dream with the publication of the first Vintage Kitchen Mystery: A Deadly Grind, in May of 2012.

Aside from writing, I have a lot of hobbies and passions. I collect vintage bowls, especially Pyrex and kitchen utensils. I also have a sizable collection of teacups. Cooking and baking muffins -- of course! -- are beloved pastimes. I have the best friends and family in the world, and I am passionately fond of tea and anything sweet, especially brownies ;-) I enjoy hobbies: crochet, cross-stitch, and beading, among other crafts.

But writing takes precedence over everything, and I truly love hearing from readers, treasuring the friends I've made over the years!

So... drop me a line anytime!
Victoria Hamilton
National Bestselling Author

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Did you know...
Victoria Hamilton & Amanda Cooper
pseudonyms of
Donna Lea Simpson?

  Donna Lea Simpson (also Donna Simpson) is a nationally bestselling romance and mystery author with over 37 novels and seven novellas to date.

  Kensington Books
published her first romance novels under their imprint Zebra Regency Romances, and Berkley published her 'Awaiting...' paranormal romance series set in Germany. Other novels include Book 1 of the 'Lady Anne' series... a historical romance mystery at Sourcebooks. (Lady Anne books 2 & 3 are available at Beyond The Page.)

  These days, Donna writes traditional mysteries under the pseudonym Victoria Hamilton and Amanda Cooper. But now, thanks to Beyond The Page Publishing, she is thrilled to bring back the Regencies & historical mysteries that readers loved so well.

For more info about Donna's historical romance & mystery novels, visit her website at: www.donnaleasimpson.com

Donna Lea Simpson
National Bestselling Historical Romance Author

Donna Lea Simpson's NEW book!

The Gilded Knight 
Classic Regency Romances Book #21

  Recently widowed and left to raise a daughter on her own, the self-sacrificing Lady Nell Simmons knows she faces an uncertain future: her late husband's cousin and the rightful heir to their estate has staked his claim and is demanding Nell's removal, despite the fact that her delicate daughter is fearfully ill. When the heartless heir sends his wayward brother Charles to hasten her departure, Nell is relieved to realize that the scandalous man has more compassion than she imagined, but she's still wary of his motives-- as well as the romantic feelings he stirs in her.

  Sir Charles Blake, widely known to be a rake and a wastrel, has agreed to serve as his brother's henchman only as a means to having his considerable debts erased. But when he arrives at the estate, determined to do his unpleasant duty, he's struck by Nell's quiet dignity and her generous spirit, and suprises even himself by tending to her ailing daughter. And as a ferocious winter storm strands him there, Charles slowly comes to find himself torn between his obligation to his brother and the feelings of tender longing Nell has inspired in him.

  Wondering if he can possibly defy his own brother's wishes at the risk of leaving himself destitute, Charles realizes he must summon a resolve he's not sure he possesses. For by facing his own true feelings for Nell and convincing her of his sincerity, he may finally be able to restore his tarnished reputation and secure both their futures-- and their hearts . . . 

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