Lady Sophronia Bremerton is a far cry from the typical debutante, but she’s the toast of London’s upper class for one simple reason: she’s a society columnist for the London Illustrated News, and the gentry loves seeing their exploits printed in the gossip pages. But Sophie has bigger plans – she aspires to be an investigative reporter. When a stuffy ballroom at yet another Season proves to be nothing more than the usual rumor mill, Sophie seeks respite in the library alongside four other young women who, for their own reasons, are also looking for escape. As the conversation turns to their secret ambitions, the women form a sisterhood and a bold plan: they will make their dreams a reality, no matter the obstacles. Thus begins the Blue Orchid Society.
Hearing of a murder in a London rookery, Sophie seizes the opportunity to prove her skills. Detective Jonathan Graham doesn’t believe a civilian, a noblewoman at that, should be anywhere near a murder investigation, but Sophie insists on helping bring the killer to justice. Her investigative prowess doesn’t go unnoticed by the police, especially Jonathan, who can’t decide whether this intrepid reporter is a thorn in his side or the woman of his dreams. But as the case grows more complicated and dangerous, their very lives – and their hearts – may be at risk.
Source: NetGalley and Covenant Communications Rating: 4/5 stars
The Bottom Line: I have always been a fan of stories that feature a woman well ahead of her time and place. As if in answer to my very own heart’s desire, Solving Sophronia delivers just such a read. Lady Sophronia is far more intelligent than most of society gives her credit for. Though she is currently a gossip columnist, Sophronia has plans to break into the hard news division. Lady Sophronia’s chance comes when she begins a serious investigation into a local murder. Though she shouldn’t be poking around in police business, she has some help from the dashing Detective Jonathan Graham. What’s more, Sophronia has the unconditional support of her fellow Blue Orchid Society members, a group of young women, who, like Sophronia are well ahead of most of their peers and certainly ahead of their time and place. With that kind of support, Sophronia simply can’t fail. I found this book to be entertaining as well as interesting. I see a bright future for this series.