Set in Regency England, Wilde’s captivating third Rosalind Thorne mystery (after 2017’s A Purely Private Matter) finds Lady Melbourne in need of some discreet help recovering letters regarding Lord Byron, the notorious poet, that were apparently stolen from Melbourne House in London. Rosalind, an heiress of reduced means, moves into Melbourne House, where she poses as Lady Melbourne’s secretary, to this end. The scandalous letters disappeared just as Lord Byron was seeking to take possession of them after a long affair with Lady Melbourne’s daughter-in-law, Lady Caroline Lamb. Meanwhile, the endearing Adam Harkness, a Bow Street runner who’s sweet on Rosalind, seeks her keen eye in solving the murder of a young woman found just outside the Melbourne House gates. The astute Rosalind soon learns everyone is protecting a secret and isn’t even sure whether she can trust her employer. Wilde smoothly mixes historical figures and events into a plot that’s sure to keep readers turning the pages to see what happens next. Regency fans will be charmed. Agent: Lucienne Diver, Knight Agency. (Jan.)
Reviewed on : 11/11/2019 Release date: 12/31/2019 Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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