Penniless Alicia masquerades as the widowed "Mrs. Carrington" to launch her younger sister into the ton and have her make a profitable marriage, but her plans go awry when she finds herself a suspect in a murder investigation.
Coming across a young lady in his godmothers garden at a party he finds that she is everything he wants, unfortunatly she is also standing there with a bloody knife in her hand and a dead body at her feet. And so Tony is called upon to put all his spying expertise into play to ensure the innocence and safety of Alicia, the young 'widow' that has captured his attention.
What follows is a different approach for Laurens, Tony and Alicia are more than willing to act upon what they feel for each other. They form a friendship, a partnership and support each other through the ensuing plot to discover the real murderer.
Alicia is a very likeable heroine, practical in her management of a large household of younger brothers and sister, assured in dealing with society and intelligent in her relationship with a complex and world weary hero.
The only issue lies with the search for the murderer/traitor which is slow with paper trails and research being at its foundation. However this is more than made up with the interaction between the main characters in what is one of the better Laurens stories.
For fans of Ms Laurens, I am sure that the style of the prose will be enjoyed, but it does miss some of the sparkle of her 'Cynster' books and could have done with a bit of editing down.
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