"A fascinating historical romantic mystery"
In 1826 Earl Harry Markham morosely knows his wife Julia
blatantly has affairs with any willing male of the Ton.
Worse Harry feels helpless about her activity with his only
defiance being his refusal to beget an heir with his spouse
because he simply does not trust her to not cuckold him
that way too. Instead he chooses to allow his earldom to
shift to another family member than any spawn of the she-
devil he married.
When someone murders Julia, the aristocracy and the police
assume Harry couldn't take anymore. However, Harry's
sister feels that any one of the spouses of Julia's lovers
could have done the deed and pleads with Investigator Max
De Rohan to find the truth. Meanwhile Catherine Wodesway
stumbles into the midst of Max's work forcing him to kiss
her to keep her safe. Soon a reluctant Max finds Catherine
at his side making inquiries that place them in danger, but
also forging a deep attraction between the professional and
amateur sleuths that could lead to more if they live long
enough to investigate their feelings.
Fans of Amanda Quick's March-Lake tales will enjoy Liz
Carlyle's plunge into romantic historical mystery. The
story line is more who-done-it though the romance between
the lead characters adds flavoring to the delightful plot.
Clever red herrings provide readers with a taste of the end
of the Regency era as well as false clues. The lead couple
is a fun pair to observe as Max is NO TRUE GENTLEMAN, but
along with Catherine rounds out a pleasurable tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 15, 2002