"droll, witty and lighthearted Regency mystery"
She was the daughter of the Prussian King and is married to
one of the royal princes of Regency England. Frederica,
the duchess of Yorke, prefers to spend her time at her
country estate of Oatlands so she doesn't have to see her
husband running around London with his mistress. She has
many friends, including Beau Brummell, the social arbiter
of fashion and manners in Polite Society.
Mr. Brummell, who has a crush on the duchess even though
she's his best friend, travels to Oatlands for her birthday
party. His valet's coach is robbed and not only his
clothes are stolen but all the letters that the duchess
wrote to Beau. One of the guests is killed and someone
tries to blackmail the duchess. To avoid any scandal, Beau
must go into detecting mode and find the letters as well as
Regency England at the height of its gaiety is the colorful
tapestry upon which Rosemary Stevens creates her droll,
witty and lighthearted mystery. THE BLOODIED CRAVAT is a
fascinating page turning tale with so many suspects all
with viable motives that readers will not be able to put
the book down until they are satisfied they have all the
answers to this complex puzzle.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 7, 2002