"Delightfully cheerful "All's well that ends well" tale"
When Lady Beatrice Talbott tripped over her dog and
suffered severe injuries, she sends for her niece Millicent
Blair, but not to nurse her back to health. Instead
Beatrice assigns Millicent to continue her Lord Truefitt's
gossip column in the London Daily Reader. Though she
loathes spreading gossip, Millicent would do anything
including writing this column for her aunt.
Millicent reports that the Mad Ton Thief stole a priceless
golden raven from the collection of the Earl of Dunraven,
Charles Preswick, while the aristocrat hosted a social
event. Charles meets Millicent and is very attracted to
her wit and intelligence, more so perhaps than her
understated beauty. Charles, frustrated by the poor
performance of Bow St., begins his own investigation into
the identity of the Mad Ton Thief with Millicent helping
him sift through the clues. Working in close proximity and
courting too, Charles and Millicent fall in love, but she
worries what will happen to her beloved aunt if he learns
who Truefitt is.
Fans of Regency romantic romp will relish this amusing tale
highlighted by Lord Truefitt's commentaries that borrow
from classic literature to describe individual members of
the Ton. Even with a semblance of an amateur sleuth
investigation, the story line never takes itself seriously,
but except for the column never quite attains a sense of
irony or powerful suspense. Instead the audience receives
a delightfully cheerful "All's well that ends well" tale
starring two engaging protagonists.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 10, 2002