When The Ladies Of The Ton Of Regency London Need Discreet Assistance, They Turn To Rosalind Thorne In These Mysteries Inspired By The Novels Of Jane Austen Trust Is A Delicate Thing, And No One Knows That Better Than Rosalind Thorne Lady Melbourne Has Entrusted Her With Recovering A Packet Of Highly Sensitive Private Letters Stolen From Her Desk The Contents Of These Letters Hold Great Interest For The Famous Poet Lord Byron, Who Had Carried On A Notorious Public Affair With Lady Melbourne S Daughter In Law, The Inconveniently Unstable Lady Caroline Lamb Rosalind Is To Take Up Residence In Melbourne House, Posing As Lady Melbourne S Confidential Secretary There, She Must Discover The Thief And Regain Possession Of The Letters Before Any Further Scandal Erupts However, Lady Melbourne Omits A Crucial Detail Rosalind Learns From The Bow Street Runner, Adam Harkness, That An Unidentified Woman Was Found Dead In The Courtyard Of Melbourne House The Coroner Has Determined She Was Poisoned Adam Urges Rosalind To Use Her New Position In The Household To Help Solve The Murder As She Begins To Untangle A Web Of Secrets And Blackmail, Rosalind Finds She Must Risk Her Own Life To Bring The Desperate Business To An End I am a long time fan of historical mysteries but somehow I missed this series Starting with the third in the series convinced me to put the previous two books on my must read soon list and the series on my list of favorites Even though I didn t have all of the backstory I felt that this worked well as a stand alone.It s 1817 London and we are introduced to Adam Harkness of the famous Bow Street when he is called by the Coroner of Middlesex which includes London An unidentified woman has been delivered to the cellar under the Brown Bear tavern a mortuary When the men doing the delivering of the body are questioned about the who and the why of it, all they would share was the pickup location Because of that, the Coroner calls Harkness as it appears that it involves the Haute Ton and needs a delicate touch to investigate The woman, it becomes clear, is connected to Melbourne House The Coroner would prefer to call her a Jane Doe, sign off on the case and put her in a paupers grave The end Harkness knows that isn t going to happen and sets out to contact the one person he knows who would be perfectly positioned in society to help him solve the murder Rosalind Thorne was raised an aristocrat but her father lost his fortune and then abandoned his family Rosalind now makes her way in life by being both discrete and very clever, helping the Haute Ton deal with rather sticky matters At the same time Harkness is planning to contact her, Rosalind is visited by Lady Jersey, a veritable whirlwind who knows what she wants and expects to get it She wants Rosalind to find out who stole a packet of personal letters from Lord Byron and, to do that, she will have to stay awhile at Melbourne House Two cases are they connected I enjoyed every page of this mystery The setting, the voice, the puzzle, the wonderful characters both historical and fictional all came together in a pitch perfect read My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. YES The cover is here I go back and forth on whether Im rooting for Devon or Adam, but judging by how excited I was that the latter was in the synopsis, I guess Im into Adam at the moment. In this third installment in the series Rosalind finds herself being summoned to Melbourne House and tasked with the job of finding missing letters, the contents of which would bring even greater scandal to Lady Melbourne s household Rosalind would rather not get involved with the dramas of this notorious family, but also realizes that her financial well being is dependent on staying in the good graces of the socially powerful While trying to decide how to proceed, her friend Adam Harkness a Bow Street officer, requests her assistance in discreetly investigating the murder of a woman whose body was brought to Bow Street from Melbourne House itself Taking up residence at Melbourne House, Rosalind must sort through the abundance of lies, half truths and paranoid suspicions coming from the various members of the household.I thoroughly enjoyed this book I especially enjoyed the weaving of historical characters with a fictional mystery While it is not completely necessary to read the other books in the series to understand this one, it would be a shame to miss out on the character development and the background of the, for lack of better term, love triangle which, in my opinion, is exceedingly well handled and far believable than most Rosalind s personal life mostly takes a backseat in this book, but it looks like it might get focus in the next one.Content wise, I would place this at the low end of PG 13 There is some mild language and a fair amount of discussion regarding the scandalous life of Lord Byron and all those connected to him The only mildly gruesome content is the description of the injuries observed on the murder victim at the very beginning.Thank you so much to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an ARC After her father and sister abandoned the family after he destroyed their finances and after her mother passed a few years ago, Rosalind Thorne has been forced to make her own way living by her own wits as a gentlewoman of reduced circumstances Recruited by Lady Jersey, Rosalind is called to the home of the prestigious Lady Melbourne to recover a bundle of sensitive correspondence that have been stolen from a locked desk drawer In order to investigate Rosalind will need to stay on in Lady Melbourne s home posing as her own private secretary Not only must she identify the thief, she must also track them down and return them to Lady Melbourne before they cause an irrepairable scandal.Lady Melbourne is not giving Rosalind all the facts available When Adam Harkness comes calling with the news of an unknown woman found dead within the gates of Melbourne House, Rosalind will have to contend with the danger of not only posing as a member of staff in a powerful household and a blackmailer, but of an unknown murderer And Dangerous to Know is the third book in Darcy Wilde s Rosalind Thorne Mysteries series Before I get to the actual review, I just want to mention that the covers for the books in this series are gorgeous.I don t want to give away anything of the mystery, so I ll try to be vague I was pretty sure that I knew who the villian was here but a few of the characters and the twisting of the plot left room for than one red herring in the mix that will have you changing your mind than once I love a good mystery that will keep me guessing.I adore regency mysteries and I love the historic tone of this series, the research is evident and pulls you in and immerses you in the story The historical characters, like Lord Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb, are woven into the story so nicely alongside the fictional ones I found it very interesting that Wilde was able to give such a sense of these historical figures through only snippets of correspondence which lead us into each chapter and being talked about by the other characters For example, we never actually meet Byron in this book, but you feel like you really get a sense of his character.A lot of mysteries run the risk of having either no sense of danger or too much to the point that the mystery looses any sense of reality But this series has a great balance of danger, especially for our main characters.I m not a fan of love triangles, but this one works mostly because it is barely a love triangle The men aren t competing to win the affections of one woman here, there just happen to be two men in her life One that represents her past and another that represents her future Rosalind and Devon share a history and affection Adam and Rosalind share attraction and lifestyles A future with Devon means a return to the life she was raised to and a future with Adam means a life with a man from the world in which she now lives and has built for herself I certainly know where I stand on this matter and his name is Harkness.I love Rosalind s character, she is clever and compassionate and I look forward to seeing what mystery she ll face next perhaps at the Casselmaine estate This book ends with a nice transition to lead us into the next book in the series, which I am very much looking forward to I recommend this book and the entire series to fans of recency mysteries If you enjoy the Lady Darby series by Anna Lee Huber, you ll love this series.Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sharing an eARC with me of And Dangerous to Know by Darcy Wilde This is my honest review.
Sarah Zettel, author of mysteries, science fiction, romance and Young Adult fiction, including the New York Times Notable Book Fool s War and the bestselling Rosalind Thorne mysteries A Useful Woman She also writes under the names Delia James, Sarah Zettel, Jennifer Hawkins
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- And Dangerous to Know (Rosalind Thorne Mystery #3)
- Darcie Wilde
- 03 March 2017 Darcie Wilde