Mr. Herman Henderson is also a mystery writer, but unlike the dashing heroes he pens, he lives a quiet life, determined to avoid the fate of his adventurous parents, who perished on an expedition when he was a child. But when he experiences numerous attempts on his life, he seeks out the services of the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency to uncover the culprit. All too soon, Herman finds himself stepping out of the safe haven of his world and into an adventure he never imagined.
As the list of suspects grows and sinister plots are directed Daphne's way as well, Herman and Daphne must determine who they can trust and if they can risk the greatest adventure of all: love.
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First I loved the play on the title of this read, it really resonates with the story. We are back with the Beeker Street Inquiry Agency, and this story forcus is on Daphne Beekman, and this book can be read alone, even though it is the second book in this great series! As usual this author has me laughing out loud, along with page-turning. We are given some very real danger, along with some sweet romance! From readers to writers, from rapiers to pistols, from hair pins to keys, we are on a journey to find who wants Herman gone, and why? You certainly won't be bored with this one, and be sure to read the epilogue! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
***OH MY GRACIOUS! SO, SO GOOD!! *** I think every time a chapter ended I couldn't believe how good the ending was! Why can't everyone write so well? ;) Tea Moment: Taking a sip of tea that had long gone cold, she grimaced and set aside the cup before she flexed her fingers. Placing them over the keys of her Remington typewriter, affectionately named Almira...fervently hoped that something of worth would spring to mind to write." Quotable: "Herman's brows drew together. "I'm a fiction writer, Miss Beekman. And even though I write murder mysteries, those murders, as well as the heroes who vanquish the villains in the end, are merely a figment of my imagination. I'm far too responsible to go traipsing off to investigate an unknown noise because that could have gotten me murdered in my own house, or worse, seen the members of my staff put in harm's way."” "Whatever else he'd been about to say got stuck on the tip of his tongue when a large painting hanging over one of the buffet tables suddenly swung open. A second after that, Daphne plunged through the large opening... tumbled head over heels...landing right on top of the buffet table..." "...at times she longed to share her love of the written word with someone who loved words as well, someone who wouldn't mock her for choosing a profession that wasn't considered acceptable for women..." I love how in the heat of a crucial moment, the author takes time to add nuance and zingers! I laughed so many times! ;) "Cooper rolled his eyes before he muttered something about Daphne being obstinate, although he didn't mention anything about Ann being obstinate, then strode forward and out of the trees." Happy to see the author used the correct wording of "champing at the bit" instead of chomping. Well done! Faith moment: …God had never ignored her prayers for courage and that He'd continued to answer them to this day. Daphne's mind is constantly in motion, solving problems and puzzling things out. Sometimes it spills out from her mouth and it's fun to hear and see how others perceive her. Herman gets caught up in her process and as they are both writers, enjoys it immensely. They fit so well together and are a delight to read about, as is the entire mystery with its many twists. I always have trouble summarizing Jen's books because there is just SO MUCH goodness to share! Buy it, read it, enjoy! :) I was gifted a book from the author, in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own without compensation or further expectation. SERIES: To Steal a Heart – 11/2020, To Write a Wrong – 8/2021, To Disguise the Truth – 1/2022 In addition to my blog BlueJeansAndTeacups.blogspot.com 7/19 post, reviews at: Amazon – pending for release date 8/3 Books A Million Barnes & Noble CBD GoodReads Google Play Books Kobo – pending for release date 8/3 My Pinterest My IG
Jen Turano’s witty and sharp dialogue shine through this clean romance story as one incident after another befalls the heroine, Daphne. She’s determined to solve her newest case while also overcoming writer’s block. Fortunately, she’s lucky enough to have handsome Herman by her side, but he isn’t immune to danger either, nor to being rescued by a female. This book delves into women’s rights in the late 1800s but balances the history with the story well and doesn’t read as a high school history lesson. Romance-clean/sweet Violence- mild Christianese-mild In the mood for a fun, romantic, page turner with a dose of history—To Write a Wrong is a must-read! Disclaimer: The publisher offered a complimentary copy of this book. The review was given freely, without payment. All views expressed are only the honest opinion of a member of Historical Bookworm Review Team.
TO WRITE A WRONG by JEN TURANO is a rollicking historical romance novel which takes place in New York City in 1887, Underneath the humourous situations and the witty repartee, the serious matter of the abuse of women is addressed. There is also a subtle Christian message. Daphne Beekman, as co-owner of the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency, is thrilled to be afforded the opportunity of solving an attempted murder case. I love her unusual character, her enthusiasm and her love of words. Being a clandestine author, she is thrilled that her new client, Herman Henderson, is also a well published mystery writer. All this, together with disguises, Herman's match-making grandmother who is prone to attacks of the vapours, a house full of eligible young ladies and self promoting authors, a Pinkerton agent disguised as a coachman and an assortment of inqujry agents, makes an interesting setting for the intriguing plot. Daphne's propensity for getting into trouble makes for some really hilarious moments. I am not going to tell you any more for fear of spoiling things for you. I highly recommend this delightful book as a most enjoyable read and I guarantee you will be kept guessing right to the end. I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions in this review are completely my own.
To Write a Wrong was everything I hoped for Daphne's story. Daphne is a writer in an age where women can't write under their names and that creates the need for her to use a pseudonym. She's also an inquiry agent with the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency. Put the two together and give her a client who is her biggest competition in the mystery world, and you have the recipe for a book that was so fun to read. It pokes fun at writers, but never devolves to a treatise on how terrible publishing is. Instead it creates a plot that twists and turns while having a good time and weaving a tale of a sweet romance. Loved it!
This book was a delight! For avid readers, reading about two people who love words and writing is a treat. It was fun hearing Herman and Daphne talk about characters and word choices. It was sweet when Daphne came to realize what makes a true hero. There’s even a time when a gathering of mystery writers are trying to use the skills their fictional characters have to recognize clues in real life. Daphne is an awesome woman. She feels she lacks courage but she’s always doing the unexpected and finding her way into adventures. She uses her mystery writer mind to come up with suspects and possible motives. It was fun watching her at work. Herman is great as well. He is not threatened by Daphne and her mind but delights in it. He enjoys her unpredictability. While claiming he’s not like a hero in his books, he instinctively protects those around him even if it puts himself at risk. Turano is one of my favorite authors and with books like this it’s easy to see why. The writing style is impeccable and witty. The story flows. The characters feel authentic. There’s a good mystery to be solved with plenty of suspects and motives. It’s a great read. I’d highly recommend it. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
To Write a Wrong by Jen Turano is a funny novel. There were numerous moments where the characters were placed in a funny moment. There is a scene with an axe that made me giggle. Turano creates vivid, vibrant characters who jump off the page. None of her characters fit the typical norm for woman of this era, which I love. The characters are smart, funny, and charming. I love the heroine, Daphne, this time around. She was smart and a writer. I love how she works at the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency and writes mystery novels at the same time. Herman is a loving and sweet hero who finds the odd ball Daphne appealing and is drawn to her. Their romance story was sweet and kind. Overall, To Write a Wrong by Jen Turano is a delightful story that allows my imagination to flourish, and I really love the mystery element this time around. Highly recommend for readers of Turano’s other novels and historical romantic comedies. I received a complimentary copy of To Write a Wrong by Jen Turano from Bethany House Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
'Murderers, I'm sure you'll agree, are very proficient with lying.' Oh goodness, do I ever love a Jen Turano novel! Every time one is published, I can't wait to read it. You know why? Because that means I'm about to have a grand experience. I don't know how she does it. Really I don't. Her mind must be an amazing thing. Her wit is incredibly wonderful and this time I was laughing by the second page. There are many times during the reading of her books that I just burst into loud laughter and laugh more than a second or two. My husband just stares at me, while I say, 'I'm reading another Jen Turano book.' Back we go to the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency to have Miss Daphne Beekman's story. Daphne is a writer, don't you know, albeit one who must adopt a male nom de plume. She solves crimes in the evenings, too. Well, she meets up with another mystery writer in this story, a very famous one like herself, Mr. Herman Henderson. He wants to hire the agency because it would seem someone is trying to kill him. And we're off! What a wonderful, rip-roaring time to be had here. I always find myself, during the reading of on of Turano's books, rereading passages over and over just for the simple pleasure of laughing my head off. I adore her work! My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. I was not required to leave a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.
This book made my week. It's the perfect thing to read when you just want to relax. It's historical fiction with a wicked sense of humour thrown in. Jen Turano is awesome and I have loved anything she's ever written - including the contemporary book "Finding Margo"! Herman and Daphne were great characters - not perfect like real life but with their own set of problems. One of the themes is that you are stronger than you think and it's a pleasure watching the heroine learn that for herself. This is a book in a series, and while it's great to read to the series - it could be a standalone. I'm hugely impatient for the next book already - Yes I loved it that much. I got this in exchange for a free review. I would definitely buy it - In fact, I've put my money where my mouth is and brought it for my library.
We've watched a lot of Murdoch Mysteries lately, so this book seemed a natural progression! The author does a great job of including twists and turns throughout, even injecting a little bit of snarkiness at times, while still keeping it clean. The ending was a bit of a surprise, which isn't always the case when reading a mystery. It was fun to see the story within the story, too. Apparently this is part of a series, but I never would have known. It works well as a stand-alone, and any pertinent information that you need from other previous books is supplied.
I absolutely love Jen Turano’s books! Why? Laughter, romance and mystery! You will love this book from start to finish! The characters are so well developed and the story will keep you glued to the book! You will laugh out loud no matter where you are!
This is book two in the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series, however it is a stand alone book. You miss a little history on the Inquiry Agency ladies but you will not be lost. Jen Turano is one of my favorite authors, I love her spunky writing style, filled with humor, mystery and history. I literally laughed out load while reading this historical, mysterious, romance. The entire Bleaker Street Inquiry Agency is full of fun, unique women, I so look forward to getting to know them all more. I loved how even though this series are stand alone type reads, the books will continue to involve everyone, therefore your enjoyment will be magnified by reading them all. This book lets us get to know Miss Daphne Beekman a little better, she is a mystery writer and inquiry agent. You really never know what she will do next. Trouble seems to always be at her heals, yet she handles them well. Mr. Herman Henderson, is also a mystery writer. When he seeks the help of the Inquiry agency he is certainly not expect all that unfolds. This book is full of all I have come to expect from Jen Turano and more. I look forward to reading book three. I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion.
I wish I could give this a lot more than five out of five stars. This has been my favorite book that I have read this year. Jen Turano never fails to make me laugh when I really need a good laugh. I love the characters in this series more than any others and that is saying a lot. Daphne is one of my favorite heroines. She thinks she is not very brave but she ends up learning that she really is. She and Herman are wonderful together. I cannot wait to read the third book in this series. I definitely recommend reading this series in order so you know who the minor characters are in the story. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Turano's books never fail to delight with her witty characters and sharp dialogue. This clean romance is no exception. Daphne is such a fun character, particularly with her love of words and position as an inquiry agent. This book has a great mix of mystery, revenge, comedy, romance, and realistic issues (including a look at women's rights in the late 1800s). As a writer, I enjoyed the inside look into the struggles writers face, particularly when it comes to plot development. On top of all that, the cover is so charming! If you're looking for an enjoyable, lighthearted read, this is a book to check out.
I stayed up till 4:00 this morning reading this book, it was just too good to put down. Right now my husband is out of town, so my laughter through various parts of the book didn't bother anyone but my dog. Jen Turano has a winning series with her Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency books. The first one in this series was reviewed here. To Write a Wrong can be read as a stand-alone book without losing any of the substance to the plot. Daphne is the mystery writer Montague Moreland and she is working on a deadline, but she can't get her hero, a pirate named Mad Eye Willy, out of the predicament he's in. To try to find inspiration, she dons a pirate's costume and takes the one-eyed dog for a walk to the Bleeker Street office to get the cutlass that goes with the costume. Even though it is after hours, Herman Henderson enters the office while Daphne is still looking for the cutlass. He wants to hire the Inquiry Agency to find out who is trying to kill him. This book has everything: intrigue, revenge, romance, comedy, slap stick antics, and real-life issues and problems faced by the women of the late 1800s. It also has pictures of the mind of a writer, the struggles writers go through to put words onto paper, and the work that goes into making a plot work. It has to be one of the hardest things writers can do to put plot development into the plots they are crafting. For a light-hearted read, this is one of the best books I've read in a rom-com genre. Jen Turano never disappoints. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a closed Inquiry Case. Bethany House and NetGalley.com provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
“She was always doing the unexpected, and he couldn’t deny that he found unpredictability to be one the things he enjoyed most about her. “ To Write a Wrong by Jen Turano is a fun-loving mystery with plenty of Jen Turano’s wonderful humor and sweet romance. Daphne, our heroine, is absolutely adorable and probably one of my favorite characters from Jen Turano’s books to date. She is witty and had depth that I appreciated as I read the story. Herman, our hero, is all that a hero should be and I enjoyed the banter between him and Daphne. Since they are both writers there were many great jokes about writers that really added to the story. It was fun to leave New York for a bit and visit Boston and meet Daphne’s family. The meeting with Daphne’s publisher had me laughing out loud and is worth reading the book for that alone! Jen Turano is able to weave in a deeper story line through humor and talk about real issues facing women then and now. Jen Turano has once again written a humorous Gilded Age story with laugh out loud scenes, relatable characters, and themes that touched my heart. A fabulous read! I was given a copy by the publisher and not required to write a positive review.
Best. Book. EVER! Every time I read a book by Jen Turano, I am convinced she can't top it, and EVERY time she proves me wrong. I adored this story. Herman and Daphne are fantastically likable characters and the supporting characters helped round out the story nicely. Jen's trademark humor is perfect in the story, her humor is always my favorite element of a Jen Turano story and this one was no exception. All in all, another perfect(for me) read by one of my most beloved authors. Don't miss it!
As with all of Jen Turano's books, I laughed throughout the whole book. She is definitely one of my favorite authors. In To Write a Wrong, she combined humor, romance, and a mystery into a plot that had me finding it hard put the book aside to do necessary things such as eating and sleeping. I loved the characters, the plot twists and the humorous incidents that the characters found themselves in. It's a wonderfully fun book that you should read as soon as possible!
This book was delightful, full of Turano's trademark humor. Daphne cracked me up, both her actual personality and whatever peculiar persona she adopts under cover. Some of her peculiarities make a lot more sense as we learn her history, and it was fun to meet her family (whom she clearly loves dearly, but is also frequently exasperated with). In spite of being a man who avoids adventure, Herman manages to be quite dashing anyway, especially as his affection for Daphne grows. There are some mature themes in the story--primarily related to assault--that were handled well: neither graphic nor victim-shaming, but also neither downplaying the wrong. I wouldn't hesitate to let a teenager read it. On the mystery aspect, I was highly amused by the author's treatment of "trite tropes," as Daphne called them. I loved their discussion on the famed notion of love at first sight--that maybe it's not love at first sight, but the possibility of love from one glimpse. I think that's a more accurate description; it's hard to truly fall in love with someone you don't know, but sometimes one can recognize that this is someone I could easily fall in love with after meeting only once. I wasn't expecting such a thought-provoking line, but there you go! Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for the complimentary e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
Daphne Beekman is Montague Moreland. Because women were not looked upon favorably as writers in 1887. So by day Daphne is a member of the Beeker Street Inquiry Agency. But by night, she pens mystery books that are best sellers, writing under a pseudonym. Herman Henderson is well known for writing mysteries set in exotic locations. And is also Daphne's biggest competitor. He comes to the agency as a client, and so begins an adventure where two writers forge ahead with lots danger and romance. This was a fun book. Turano is known for her witty dialogue. To Write a Wrong is a good clean book, a delightful historical romance. While it is second in a series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone book. I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
“I would hate to leave her swooning on the front vestibule before she’s had a chance to convince everyone she’s a sophisticated woman of the world.” I’m loving Jen Turano’s Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency series. I just finished Daphne Beekman’s story in To Write a Wrong and what a treat it was! In true Turano fashion, this book is filled with colorful, engaging characters that charm their way into your heart. Daphne is a writer who is also a member of the Inquiry Agency, although in limited ways. “I was once pressed into service because I was the only one that fit into a Cleopatra costume. When she meets Herman Henderson who wants to hire the agency to find out who’s trying to kill him, sparks begin to fly and mayhem starts. “I fear the lure of an honest-to-goodness murder investigation is too tempting to ignore.” Turano is a pro at dreaming up ridiculous and fun settings and situations to place her characters in. I adored Daphne and Herman and enjoyed seeing their relationship change and grow. The stellar cast of supporting characters added to the delightful tale, and I loved seeing some of the people from the previous book in the series show up in this one. “Tell me, though, why do you and your friends prefer talk of sentence structure over poison? Poison would be far more interesting.” With plenty of action, suspense, a dash of romance, and lots of crazy antics, this book is a great addition to my keeper shelf. I’m looking forward to reading Eunice’s story in the next book of the series. 4.5 stars I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own.
After absolutely loving the first book in this series, I couldn't wait for this one to come out! I was literally stalking NetGalley hoping for an advance copy, and I was so excited when I received one! I have enjoyed every book I've read by this author, but the first one in this series had an unexpected depth that made it my absolute favorite I'd ever read of hers. I was really hoping this one would build on that new depth, but it was more like all her others. That said, I've loved her others so this was still a 5-star book for me. It just wasn't quite as great as I was hoping for. Herman was a great character as were all the side characters introduced at his party. I also really loved Daphne's family and was so surprised by how great they turned out to be. I loved Daphne's quirky and fun personality and the way she thought and expressed herself. And I loved getting to know the other Bleecker Street ladies better! I'm so excited for more books in this series. I really like how the author is using this setting to explore some of the horrible abuses women experienced at that time and, sadly, continue to experience today, and how she is showing that ordinary, even eccentric, women can do their part to change things for the better.
Such a fun book! Author Jen Turano continues with more adventures with the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency. The main characters Herman and Daphne meet at the agency office in a most unusual manner. There are Laugh out loud situations that happen throughout the book, as well as the dialogue! Daphne is a writer, but must write under a pen name, so no one knows she’s a female. Herman is a writer as well. Someone is out to harm Herman and the Agency, along with Pinkerton Agent Cooper are on the case! I really enjoyed the story and the banter throughout the book. And the mystery of who was behind it all was a shock to me. I didn’t figure it out until the author revealed it. Definitely recommend reading this one and I am looking forward to more adventures with the ladies of The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All views stated are my own.
To Write a Wrong by Jen Turano is the 2nd tale in The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series. I suggest reading To Steal a Heart before beginning To Write a Wrong (you will not regret it). Miss Daphne Beekman is an author as well as an agent with the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency. Daphne is an unusual woman for her time period. She is spirited, creative, clever, clumsy, and loyal with a tendency to swoon. Daphne carries a large handbag that holds a multitude of items that tend to come in handy including a pistol. Mr. Herman Henderson comes to the agency late on a Friday night to engage their services. Herman is a published author who is actually Daphne’s competitor. Herman has had four attempts on his life, and he wishes to hire the agency to find out who is behind the attempts. This is the beginning of a humorous, boisterous adventure. I always look forward to Jen Turano’s book because I can count of them to make me laugh. To Write a Wrong did not disappoint. I did find it a little bit of a slow starter. The first scene between Herman and Daphne seemed to go on too long (it felt a little off). I love that Daphne can hold her own. She might swoon on occasion (she is working on it), but Daphne is not a woman to back down. There is a scene with Daphne at her publishers in Boston that shows off her strengths. I could envision the scene and the faces of the men in the room which had me chuckling (the thought of that scene still makes me laugh). To Write a Wrong is a busy book. I liked all the activity and quirky characters. Romance abounds with the ladies as they meet some new gentlemen. Some things never change. Issues women faced then are some of the same problems women face now. The author brought 1887 New York and Boston to life with her vivid writing. To Write a Wrong is a multifaceted, historical novel that is a delight to read. To Write a Wrong is droll historical tale with matchmaking grandmama’s, a pilfering parrot, a concerned cousin, protective relatives, writing woes, and a not so secret non de plume.
As I always say, cheer up, read a Jen Turano book! Intensely satisfying, madcap entertainment that pulls on your heart strings and keeps you in stitches, in all seriousness. Attempted murder, a new type of case for the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency. And a new type of client, a man. Daphne was in the office typing on her new novel when Herman dashed in for help, even though they were closed. She was not an Agent of the street, but didn't want to lose the case, especially after she became intrigued by his dilemma. Besides, she is a writer and can use new experiences to enrich her books. Herman also is a writer, a well known one whom she respects, so maybe he can help her where she's stuck in her story. But she can't reveal that she writes books, and that she is successful, since she is a woman. Women writers are not accepted in this time, and her pseudonym is well known. There are a lot of things that are not acceptable for women to do, but this agency is dedicated to balancing those wrongs and making women feel safe, giving them the help they need. In typical Jen style the story rolls along at a furious pace. It's hard to find a place to set it down, and in the latter part of the book it's hard to breathe as well, but you have a smile on your face all the while. Whirlwind story that is tongue in cheek for writers. Fantastically loveable characters that are so very real. You'll never be sorry to read a Jen Turano book! Fabulous, satisfying escape. I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. #ToWriteaWrong #NetGalley
Jen Turano writes adventurous historical romance novels, filled with quirky characters, and sprinkled with a generous dose of humor. To Write a Wrong is the second novel in the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agents series. It could be read as a stand alone, but this story is centered around Daphne, who is introduced and was my absolute favorite character from book one. I would highly recommend reading it as it is one of my favorite Jen Turano stories. In book one, I loved Daphne's quirkiness. She dressed and took on different personas to overcome her anxiety and prevent the swoons she was so susceptible to experience. I could relate. In book two, Daphne's character grows in leaps and bounds, and my favorite things about her changed...I now admired her strength and courage. I didn't find this book as humorous as the first one, but there are definitely mishaps and much mayhem as the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency takes on their very first attempted murder case. The plot moved along quickly as the mystery unfolds and there are many twists, turns and surprises. It is the perfect light-hearted summer read. I had really hoped Gabriella and Nicholas (from book one) would have more of a supporting role in this story, but they don't enter the story until the very end. The next novel, To Disguise the Truth will tell Eunice's story, who has been such a mysterious and somewhat frightening character throughout the series. I'm looking forward to reading it! Fans of Jen Turano or Karen Witemeyer would enjoy this book. Thank you Bethany House and Net Galley for the free DRC of To Write a Wrong. The opinions expressed here are my own.
After reading several rather intense books, To Write a Wrong was the perfect break. As usual, Jen Turano provided a great mystery with plenty of comic relief. I as pleased to once again experience her wonderful sense of humor and quirky characters set in the Gilded Age. Turano's writing is not all light hearted though; she does address serious topics, in this case sexual abuse, taking advantage of the vulnerable, and having the courage to stand up for oneself. I am very grateful to have received a complement copy of To Write a Wrong from Bethany House via NetGalley without obligation, and cannot wait for the next installment in the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series. All opinions expressed here are my own.
When mystery writer Herman Henderson starts getting death threats, he seeks out the assistance of the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency. Daphne is not usually a field agent, but due to a peculiar set of circumstances, she's the best fit for Herman's case. When Daphne and Herman get together, sparks fly and disasters happen. But for some reason, these two are good together. I loved reading Daphne's story. It was quirky, funny, romantic, and full of drama. Though she wouldn't have considered herself courageous, she demonstrated great courage in standing up for what she believed in and for people who were left in her care. Herman was the perfect hero for her. He understood and accepted her quirks. He supported her when she needed it while allowing her to defend herself when that's what she wanted to do. To Write A Wrong is the second book in the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency series but can be read as a standalone. The book was at times laugh-out-loud funny while tackling serious issues like the lack of rights that women had during that era and the unsafe fashion trends. Readers will be reminded that when we are weak, God's strength is available for us. I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher through NetGalley; a positive review was not required.
One of the many things I love about Jen Turano's books is that she always delivers a fabulously entertaining story mixed in with some strong female characters and wacky, unexpected circumstances (even in the midst of dangerous situations). Mystery writers Daphne and Herman meet under unlikely circumstances, when Herman seeks out the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency for help with suspicious threats on his life. This leads Daphne to join forces with a Pinkerton agent in going undercover at a house party to gather intelligence while keeping Herman safe from ongoing threats. Mishaps and mayhem ensue, providing ample fodder to inspire these two main characters in their careers as authors as well as force them into one another's proximity. The more time they spend together, often while trying to survive some mishap or other, Daphne and Herman start to notice their budding attraction for one another and have to decide how much love is worth fighting for. I'm glad that I finally had the opportunity to see the world from Daphne's point of view as well as get to know Herman in this book. Their romance was delightful and entertaining. Many thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Content: murder threats, suffragette, female empowerment/self defense, hovering parental figure, brief mention of past assault
This is the second book in Ms. Turano's Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series. It is just as funny and quirky as the first book and involves the same cast of characters with the addition of Mr. Howard Henderson, a mystery writer who needs the agency's help finding out who is trying to do him in. Daphne, a mystery writer herself and working under a male nom de plume is the one who steps up to help him. They get into some crazy fixes and all the other eccentric members of the boarding house inquiry team make the story even more engaging. I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
Turano's rollicking humor fills this novel from start to finish, and your stomach may hurt from laughing by time you're finished. Turano's books are always entertaining, and this one doesn't disappoint. Since it is the second book in a series, I recommend reading the first so you know the back story especially since it is a fun-filled romp also. Daphne Beekman is a successful mystery writer by day using a pseudonym so her readers will think her a male author since it is 1887 and female mystery writers are not the thing. By night, she is a member of the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency and usually plays her role behind the scene. But when Herman Henderson needs someone immediately and the other ladies are not available, Daphne jumps right into a pot of trouble that will keep you laughing out loud. But as handsome Herman and daffy Daphne put their heads together will they solve the mystery of who's trying to kill Herman or will romance fill the air? **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
#BookReview: TO WRITE A WRONG by Jen Turano 4.5 stars I enjoyed Daphne and her quirks in the first book and I was so excited to read more about her. The title is so good and perfect for the story. The way Herman and Daphne met was so funny but mysterious at the same time. The play of words and witty dialogues are such a joy to read. Daphne is very smart and her mind is constantly working. I love how Herman takes care of her and understands her uniqueness. Herman finds her fascinating. They just blend well together. Addressing the issue of women’s rights in society was good. Daphne knows how hard it was to fit in a male-dominated profession. I was pleased to be more acquainted with Daphne’s family in Boston and how protective and supportive they are of her. Oh and that kiss in front of the Beekman family was unexpected! The mystery behind Herman’s case kept me going. But the girls at the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency are very entertaining with all their different personalities too. How they handled and solved the case was unconventional but amazing. Cooper is a Pinkerton but is a friend who cares too. I am glad he is part of the story. This book will definitely make you laugh out loud. I am excited for the upcoming books in this series. If you like historical romance, quirky characters, mystery authors and smelling salts, this one’s for you. Thank you #netgalley and @bethanyhousefiction for the complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
Jen Turano writes implausibly delightful comedic romances. In this novel, an element of mystery is thrown in as well, with twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat and reading far too late into the night. Like the previous book in this series, To Write A Wrong, started off at a very fast pace which actually made it hard for me to engage at first. It is quite a different type of writing than I usually read, but once I settled in to the rapid fire events of the book I found it very difficult to put down. With some genuinely laugh out loud moments, Herman and Daphne drew me into their adventure and kept me turning the pages. Though there is a murder plot, the story is so light and filled with comedy that the book avoids feeling heavy and remains delightfully entertaining throughout. I continue to be a fan of Turano’s stories and will be on the lookout for the next book in the series. I received a free digital galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
I absolutely loved Daphne and Herman's love story! I don't think I've ever read a book where both main characters are authors and it was just plain fun! Jen Turano always writes humorous books that you can escape into which is particularly nice in these lingering Covid days. I love Jen's series where you get to know the characters and then have them pop in again in later books. For a clean and fun book full of mystery and romance, read a book by Jen Turano, you won't be disappointed! Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review.
Miss Daphne Beekman has created a place for herself at the Bleecker Street boardinghouse. A respectable place where a Victorian woman can exercise a bit of independence. When the muse hits, Daphne follows her career of writing mysteries under the pseudonym of Montague Moreland. The rest of the time, she collaborates with the other women at the boardinghouse to run the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency. She prefers to place her protagonists in perilous situations over seeking out perilous situations. Her fainting habit makes it difficult to deal with unexpected situations. When a client enters the inquiry office late one night, Daphne courageously crosses swords with him—even if her sword consists of pasteboard. Even though she tries to dissuade the stranger from hiring their agency (after all, they’ve only had female clients up to this point), he makes a strong case for the agency needs to investigate the attempts on his life. When Mr. Herman Henderson stops by the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, he doesn’t expect to face a sword-wielding female pirate. But the more she tries to convince him they can’t take the case, the more convinced he becomes that they should. As a mystery writer, the attempts on his life have rattled him. He prefers to write about life-or-death situations, not live them. As they team up to solve the mystery, they soon discover Daphne has drawn the would-be murderer’s attention. Can they learn to trust each other enough to solve the mystery and become each other’s hero in the process? Why I Loved this Book Turano latest rollicking adventure will keep you laughing and guessing to the last page. She surrounds Daphne and Herman with a delightful cast of supporting characters—many of who seem to harbor secrets of their own. Above all, Turano shows readers the possibilities one experiences when one steps out of one’s comfort zone and grabs hold of abundant life. Fans of Roseanna M. White and Emma St. Clair will enjoy this book.
One thing that always makes Jen Turano's books stand out from other authors is her sense of humor that so naturally shows up in the writing style of her books. Her characters are always so realistic and well rounded. I was laughing out loud as I read this . Some of her characters can be a bit quirky but she does it in a way that you love because it makes you chuckle but at the same time you think to yourself you may now someone like that. A true page turner that has some suspense, who wants a character gone and why? The book is well paced and will keep you on your toes. The ending can't be beat. I love this author's books! Pub Date 03 Aug 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
I just have to say, I love Jen Turano's books. Her mastery and aptitude with words, her knack for combining lots of laughter with intrigue and her skill for seamlessly interconnecting faith and the characters’ lives is a true gift. I try to always be on a list for her newest books. Daphne Beekman, an inquiry agent and mystery writer, tries to stay out of the spotlight. One evening when she goes by the office after hours, Daphne is startled when Herman Henderson, fellow mystery writer, shows up. Dressed as a pirate, Daphne had planned to run by the office, which was only a few blocks from her home. Daphne hoped to garner ideas for her pirate tale. Herman wonders if he wants to retain the services of an agency which has a pressed paperboard cutlass-wielding pirate to unravel his problem. So begins the delightfully, and sometimes harrowingly, adventurous tale of the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency’s endeavors to solve the attempts on poor Herman Henderson’s life. Daphne’s escapades supply comic relief as well as clues to the mystery. Several other characters in the story range from kind and genteel to horrific and deranged. The story of the latter’s character and his inexcusable behavior, along with its disclosure, may be difficult for some readers. To Write a Wrong is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. However, to really enjoy the story, I recommend reading the first book in the series, too. I received this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.
Daphne Beekman is a writer, but no one really knows that. She's written mystery thrillers that thousands adore, but because the story is set in 1887 New York, she goes by a pen name -- a man's name -- because editors and publishers don't believe women should be writing such stories. When she's not writing, she works as an inquiry agent for the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency. It's a women-ran agency whose mission is to right the wrongs of native New Yorkers. We find Daphne at the beginning of her story suffering from a case of writer's block, only to be met with an Inquiry case from Mr. Herman Anderson himself -- a mystery writer that Daphne secretly adores! When Herman comes to the Agency stating that someone is trying to kill him, Daphne and her team go undercover to try and uncover the assailant behind the attacks. This story has rich dialogue, just the right amount of humor, adventure, and unexpected love. This is a light-hearted mystery that anyone is sure to love! I wasn't aware that it was a sequel in the Bleecker Street series, and I had no trouble at all following the characters and stories when I jumped in in the middle! I so look forward to checking out the rest of this book series and highly recommend it!
I think Daphne Beaker is my new favorite female agent. She is refreshingly honest about her weaknesses but is able to express them in a way that made me giggle out loud on multiple occasions. While this is a light-hearted, humorous book, it does handle heavy topics in a sensitive manner. The banter between Daphne and Herman is outright delightful and full of wit. Daphne is extremely intelligent and a successful writer, although no one knows this. I love her cover as a poet! Herman does a great job of supporting her, believing in her abilities, and building her up from the moment he meets her. The differences in their styles make them a perfect pair. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to others who enjoy humorous romances with a touch of mystery. I received a complimentary copy, with thanks, from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are solely my own and freely given.
To Write a Wrong by Jen Turano Rating: 4 out of 5 stars _____________________________________________________________________________ Story Notes Jen Turano returns us to the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency to share the love story of Daphne Beekman and Herman Henderson - a couple that have more in common than they initially believe. Don't you just love a story that has both sharp wit and an excellent plot? I enjoy Jen's books because I can always count on those two things being present. I was so glad to see this second book in the series focus on Daphne given how much I enjoyed her conversations with Gabriella. Though her logic was sometimes a bit skewed, she did everything with the best of intentions. Too bad she has a bad habit of fainting when things get a bit hectic. Daphne is in the middle of writing her latest Montague Moreland and has written her character in a corner she can't see a way out of. In an attempt to "get into character" she makes the trek down the street to the Inquiry office in search of inspiring clothing. She's interrupted in her quest by the unexpected arrival of Mr. Herman Henderson, a fellow writer and man in search of protection. It appears that someone is trying to murder him but Herman is completely ignorant of anyone who would do so. Thus begins the quest to discover the culprit and a hysterical journey to love for Daphne and Herman. It's too good a story to spoil by telling much beyond this short description but I'll tell you it's one you don't want to miss. I loved Daphne's unconventional ways of figuring things out and making herself brave. Her investigative skills weren't always the best but she found ways to get around the sticky moments and preserve her secret identity until it was necessary to reveal it. I really liked Herman and his treatment of Daphne. Though he was often frustrated with her somewhat skewed logic, he wasn't rude and always took time to listen to her. He inspired her to be better that she ever dreamed and to stand up for herself when others wanted to take advantage. Definitely add this delightful story to your TBR so you can dive into a fun and smart mystery /love story you'll want to read again and again. I received this temporary complimentary E-book from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley in order to provide a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review and all opinions expressed herein are entirely my own and were not required by anyone.
A highly entertaining adventure, with a winning heroine full of daring! A upbeat adventure, filled with action and laughter. Daphne Bleekman tends to be the one behind the scenes ferreting out answers and information, but with Gabriella gone on her honeymoon, she is left to take the lead when Herman Henderson comes seeking the Inquiry Agency's help. I loved the interaction between Herman and Daphne, he is so supportive of Daphne throughout, and they make a great team. There are so many wonderful characters, some familiar and some brand new, I loved Herman's grandmother and her schemingly overprotective ways. A rollicking adventure, with a danger laced mystery, and twisting plot. The charming characters captured my heart, and I didn't want to put this book down! I can't wait to read Eunice's story in the next book! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
When Mr. Herman Henderson, a mystery writer pops in to the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency to inquire about their services to find out if someone is trying to kill him, he meets Miss Daphne Beekman an inquiry agent but also a mystery writer. They are soon working together to solve this mystery and their story is fun, dangerous and romantic. This author always makes her characters remarkable and so fun to follow. Loved this story! I requested a copy from Bethany House through NetGalley. My review is voluntary and my honest opinion.
To Write A Wrong by Jen Turano Pub Date 03 Aug 2021 Bethany House, Bethany House Publishers Christian | Historical Fiction | Romance I am reviewing a copy of To Write A Wrong from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley: Miss Daphne Beekman is a mystery writer by day, inquiry agent by night. Known for her ability to puzzle out plots, she prefers working behind the scenes for the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, but usually stays well away from danger. But soon Daphne finds herself in the thick of an attempted murder case she's determined to solve. Herman Henderson is also a Mystery Writer, but unlike the dashing heroes he pens, he lives a quiet life, determined to avoid the fate of his adventurous parents, who perished on an expedition when he was a child. After he experiences numerous attempts on his life, he seeks out the services of the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency to uncover the culprit. All too soon, Herman finds himself stepping out of the safe haven of his world and into an adventure he never imagined. As the list of suspects grows and sinister plots are directed Daphne's way as well, Herman and Daphne must determine who they can trust and if they can risk the greatest adventure of all: love. If you’re looking for a fun, romantic, suspenseful read, I highly recommend To Write A Wrong. I give To Write A Wrong five out of five stars! Happy Reading!
How do I put into words how much I love this book? Jen Turano is completely amazing! I know the moment I pick up one of her books that I’m not going to be able to think about much else. To Write a Wrong was one of my favorites to date! Daphne is a perfect combination of amazingly brilliant and interestingly flawed. I mean the girl faints at the most inopportune times. And instead of driving me crazy, it often makes me laugh out loud and love her all the more. I first met Daphne in the first book of the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency novels, To Steal a Heart. If you have not read that book, I suggest you get it asap. That being said, I’m sure you would enjoy this book as a stand alone as well. You would just be missing out on more of the Bleeker Street Agency’s greatness. Can you tell I am dying for the third installment to come out? Anyway, back to this amazing book. Turano took me by complete surprise and there were so many unexpected twist and turns. I enjoyed every moment I spent reading this story. Herman was the perfect match to Daphne, and obviously needed a little adventure in his life. Their chemistry was one of a kind, and I loved watching them get to know each other. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance with the perfect amount of mystery mixed in. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
To Write a Wrong by Jen Turano is the second brilliant installment in her Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency series. This time, Miss Daphne Beekman takes center stage and rather steals the show. Daphne, as it turns out (this isn’t a spoiler), is living a double life. To the outside world, she is pushing the boundaries as an inquiry agent, no career for a woman in this timeframe. But then, more scandalous than that, is her other profession, as a mystery novelist. So controversial is this role, that she has a clause in her publishing contract that forbid her revealing her alter ago. Despite trouble from a tricky literary character and the habit of swooning, Daphne finds herself compelled to take on a case. Fellow author Herman Henderson claims there have been several attempts on his life. Despite writing adventurous character, Herman’s own existence is usually quiet. At least until he meets Daphne. What follows is exactly what you’d expect from a Jen Turano book. High jinks, misadventure, hilarity and witty repartee. But then there’s also a more serious underlying message as well. (For more details on that, check out the Fiction Friday feature on my blog). I read this while my family and I were all down with COVID-19 and I can honestly say if you need a little light in what seems at times, a bit of a dark world, then To Write a Wrong comes very highly recommended. Visit Jen’s website… Grab a copy or read an excerpt… Check out book one in the series…
I really enjoyed this story! Some much heart and hilarity, which is what I expect from Jen Turano! Daphne and Herman had such an interesting journey, and it was delightful to read. Highly recommend!
Love love love Jen! This book had mystery, comedy and intrigue. Eunice and The grandmother were the stars of this book. Daphne mysterious life unfolds perfectly to fit the storyline. I enjoy how Jen handles character development. Herman's love for hid grandmother was at first over the top for me, but further in the story I found it endearing. I like confident intellectual men. Herman let Daphne be herself at all times and loved her all the more for it.
Ah...a new Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency book, from the queen of humorous historical fiction....yes, this book was a delight! Daphne is quite the heroine, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her antics as an inquiry agent. Daphne and her rival mystery writer Herman (although he has no idea that she is also a mystery writer) are deeply involved in trying to solve the mystery of who is trying to kill Herman. Lots of humor, bursts of action, fun, mystery, and so much more are all written together in a lovely way to give all of us readers another delightful new Turano book. If you are wanting something fun to read, be sure and read To Write a Wrong! Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
To Write a Wrong is the second book in Jen Turano’s Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series. Daphne Beekman is a mystery author who must write under a male pen name. Herman Henderson is also a mystery writer, but his adventures turn into real life ones when he becomes the target of several murder attempts. He turns to the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency and though they’ve never solved an attempted murder, Daphne takes the case. With Jen Turano’s customary humor, Daphne and Herman attempt to wade through the clues. This becomes even more complicated when Daphne goes undercover as his sophisticated typist, a persona exactly opposite Daphne’s true personality. Danger follows, of course, but Daphne also finds herself in the cross-hairs, too. Without giving anything away, the ending takes a rather serious turn I hadn’t anticipated. But I thought the author handled it well, given the situation. She gave it respect it deserved while keeping things light enough not to cause the it to derail the story. I loved how Daphne displayed the many layers of her self and Herman is quite the gentleman. I especially enjoyed that they were both writers. Plus, Cooper is a fantastic side character. Now I can’t wait for book three! — I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.
“Once again she found herself in danger of drowning in the cool depths of Herman’s eyes,” “The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency believed every woman deserved to be heard, but more importantly, they believed them.” How have I never read Jen Turano before this book? What a delight to find, and I was completely entranced with the entire romance and mystery. Initially, I was a little thrown off by the silliness of Daphne’s imagination. However, then I came to love her personality, strength, courage, and intellect. She’s an heroine I related with. Her pursuit of justice for women in the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency spoke remarkably well on the suffrages of women of her time. Turano wrote about important issues in history with a pen for a good romantic mystery. “He would do whatever it took to see after her well-being, no matter the cost to himself.” Herman was truly a dreamy hero in need of figuring out the mysterious accidents that kept happening to him. Daphne and the agency worked together to figure out who seemed intent on harming him. I loved how much he encouraged, protected and yet, came alongside Daphne in the search. It helped they both had and loved the gift of writing. It made for some intriguing and fun bookish conversations. If you love a mystery with a good sense of humour and an engaging plot, I think you’ll love this romantic mystery. “Heroes were gentlemen who didn’t hesitate to defend a woman and didn’t hesitate to put their lives in jeopardy over a matter of honor.” I was given an advanced reader copy by the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own and have been given honestly.
To Write a Wrong by Jen Turano is the second book in the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency and can be read as a stand-alone novel. Daphne Beekman makes her living by writing popular mystery books under an alias and working for the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency. When another mystery writer Herman Henderson hires the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency to determine who is out to murder him, Daphne goes undercover to solve the case while working as Herman's secretary. Can she keep her secret from Herman and the other mystery writers staying at his house? Why is someone out to kill Herman? Turano has once again created a witty, romantic, and charming cozy mystery that will have the reader waiting for the next installment.
I don't know how Turano keeps coming up with funny novels but she does. I laughed out loud. Daphne is such a well crafted character. She is so sincere in wanting to figure out the crime but she bungles events so many times. I've heard of crashing a dinner party but Daphne takes it to a new level. And who knew a bustle was a good defense against an arrow or could function as a flotation device? I mean, who else could create horrible poetry upon demand like Daphne does? Within the midst of the humor are some interesting and serious issues. There is over protection from a grandmother because of a previous disaster. The plight of women at the time is well covered. Daphne is a mystery novelist but must write under a male pseudonym because, of course, women would certainly not do anything like that. And most distressing to me, a husband could have his wife committed to an asylum without reason. I recommend this novel to readers who are ready for a good dose of humor and a sprinkling of romance along with some very interesting commentary on the times. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Miss Daphne Beekman is a mystery writer by day, inquiry agent by night. Known for her ability to puzzle out plots, she prefers working behind the scenes for the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, staying well away from danger. However, Daphne soon finds herself in the thick of an attempted murder case she's determined to solve. Mr. Herman Henderson is also a mystery writer, but unlike the dashing heroes he pens, he lives a quiet life, determined to avoid the fate of his adventurous parents, who perished on an expedition when he was a child. But when he experiences numerous attempts on his life, he seeks out the services of the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency to uncover the culprit. All too soon, Herman finds himself stepping out of the safe haven of his world and into an adventure he never imagined. As the list of suspects grows and sinister plots are directed Daphne's way as well, Herman and Daphne must determine who they can trust and if they can risk the greatest adventure of all: love. My review: Daphne is a famous mystery writer. But nobody knows it's her because she writes under a mans name. In this time of history women did NOT pursue a writing career. Her landlady at the boarding house she lives in runs the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency. In a series of mishaps she is hired to find out who wants to kill Herman Henderson. He is also a mystery writer. Through a series of humorous events Daphne solves the case. Of course we know that Herman and Daphne fall in love. But the road to true love is sometimes rocky as they find out. I recommend this book to everyone who likes a good mystery and love story with laughs along the way. I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any.
Jen Turano writes adventurous historical romance novels, filled with eccentric heart warming characters and wonderful dose of humor. To Write a Wrong is the second novel in the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agents series. The story moved along quickly as the mystery unfolds and there are many twists, turns and surprises. It is the perfect escapism read. Fans of Jen Turano would enjoy this book.