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ARC Review: The Modiste Mishap by Erica Ridley

Publication Date: August 26, 2022


A Regency-set comedic caper featuring a book club of meddling spinsters.

Miss Sybil Stamper is the least fancy member of the reading circle known as The Heist Club. To her friends, bespectacled Sybil is the Queen of Lists, but she’d rather be belle of the ball. When she finally acquires an evening gown, her life looks like it’s falling into place. But when a client’s valuable objects go missing, not only is Sybil’s happy ending in jeopardy—so are the futures of other young ladies just like her!

With the help of the Wild Wynchesters—a uniquely talented family of caper-committing siblings who don’t let “laws” stop them from righting wrongs—Sybil and her club of delightfully bookish spinsters take on the heist of the Season.


My Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was super cute. It was a light, quick read, and it kept my interest fairly well. I was not nearly as invested in the story as in the Wynchester novels, though I found my interest increased when the Wynchesters made an appearance. I wouldn’t say that this really stands on its own, but as an addition to the Wynchester series I think it works well. I especially enjoyed the moments where Elizabeth Wynchester came on the scene, and would recommend it for that alone.

*Thanks to NetGalley, WebMotion, and Erica Ridley for providing an e-arc for review.

Favorite Quotes:

“Helping others is what we do.” “When not reading,” Philippa added. “Or talking about reading.”

The Modiste Mishap by Erica Ridley

“I’m not a bluestocking,” said Elizabeth Wynchester. “I’m a bloodthirsty malcontent.”

The Modiste Mishap by Erica Ridley

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