Lady Violet Belmaine emerges from two years of mourning less than enthusiastic about resuming her place in Polite Society. She’s talked into attending a country house party by her French physician friend, Hugh St. Sevier, only to find that the house party guests are preyed upon by a mysterious thief.
Among the guests is Sebastian MacHeath, Marquess of Dunkeld. Violet once considered Sebastian her closest confidant, but war and the passing years have changed him. Nonetheless, when Sebastian’s valet, another veteran, comes under suspicion, Violet, St. Sevier, and Sebastian must work together to discover the true culprit, lest an innocent man be sent to the gallows for crimes he did not commit.
When Lady Violet Belmaine is persuaded to attend a country house party by her friend and physician, she anticipates weeks of boredom, but not a mysterious series of thefts. Rising to the challenge and assisted by her former dear friend, Sebastian MacHeath, Marquess of Dunkeld, Lady Violet defends a veteran who is initially accused of the crimes, saving an innocent man from prosecution. As the story unfolds, Lady Violet and Sebastian renew their acquaintance which had become strained over the years due to misunderstandings and life experiences on both their parts. This story was just delightful! Ms. Burrowes writes witty dialog which is perfectly at home in the historical setting. As in many of Ms. Burrowes books, the resolution is totally unexpected and totally perfect. This book was provided by the author without any requirement for a review, positive or otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own.
Doesn’t sound at all like Grace Burrowes
I wanted to rate this book less than one. I knew almost immediately that the twin was setting up someone. It was a lot of rambling words for nothing. Read Grace’s romantic writings to enjoy well written tales.