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A Man of Many Talents [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Simmons
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Regency romp originally published by The Berkley Publishing Group.

A history, a mystery, and a pair of spectacles…

After Christian Reade, Viscount Moreland, debunks a famous haunted house, his services as a so-called ghost router are much in demand. Bemused, he refuses all requests until he receives a summons from the intriguing Miss Parkinson of Sibel Hall. There, he finds more mysteries than he bargained for, including how to woo his prickly hostess.

“There's an awful lot to like here. Sparkling dialogue, a sexy hero with an appealingly self-deprecating sense of humor, and a stand-up heroine ... Readers looking for a light, funny, and smart story can find it here.” – All About Romance

“Deborah Simmons presents a charming Regency "Ghostbusters" with a little mystery twist and a sweet confection of a love story." – Romantic Times

"In A Man of Many Talents, Deborah Simmons has written an engaging “ghostbusters” tale starring a witty, clever, attractive hero and a beautiful mysterious heroine." - Curled Up With a Good Book

"Ms. Simmons is a wonderful storyteller and brings historical romance to life, for all of us. A definite keeper!" - A Romance Review

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bennett Street Books (27 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093725RW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful Regency romp 27 July 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Deborah Simmons book but definitely not the last.
Short summary of the story:
Abigail Parkinson has inherited a country mansion that she intends to sell so she can buy a small cottage to live in. But a ghost is driving away all the prospective buyers, so she calls in Christian Reade, who has a reputation as a ghost hunter. As Christian conducts his investigation into the haunting, he and Abigail begin to fall in love. Christian suspects that there is a person behind the haunting, and that it is connected to a treasure that is supposed to be hidden somewhere in the house or grounds. But proving it and catching the perpetrator is going to be hard work, especially when all he wants to do is win the heart of the delectable Abigail.
The book is well written and funny, the mystery gripping and Christian and Abigail and their budding relationship believable. The house Abigail has inherited is large, gloomy and mysterious and full of hidden passages and rooms, just the sort of place you would believe to be haunted.
All in all, this is a delightful romantic mystery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars slow start 3 Sept. 2013
By El Tel
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Was difficult to get into but once it picked up the pace it was a rollicking good read. Likeable protagonists
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really a Three and one half Star Rating 14 July 2003
By M. Rondeau - Published on
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Christian Reade, heir to an earldom, was famous as the ghost-buster or ghost de-bunker of a haunted house. This unfortunate bit of fame was not something he had been looking for and was something that would be `haunting' him for the rest of his life. Christian knew nothing of ghosts, but he figured out that the hauntings of a spectral claim at Belles Corners were more of a mortal nature than supernatural and now he was being `haunted' by all sorts of requests for him to perform the same services.
Abigail Parkinson inherited Sibel Hall, three new cousins she had no knowledge of, and it appeared - a ghost - Sir Boundefort. She has never seen the ghost who seems only to appear to scare away prospective buyers and she really does need to sell this house! She writes to ghost chaser Christian Reade, (her last resort) with the request to help her rid the property of the unwanted specter. Christian does not want to go but at the request of his ailing grandfather agrees to help this damsel in distress.
Now, I am a huge fan of Deborah Simmons - have read and immensely enjoyed all of her previous novels (absolutely loved the DeBurgh series) so I was really looking forward to the release of her latest book. Unfortunately, this story comes nowhere near the freshness, sensuality, and the excitement of her previous novels. The story, for me, really broke down when Christian arrives to an extremely cold reception from Abigail - remember - she requested that he come! He cannot understand (and the reason is not revealed until the last two pages of the book) why she treats him with such disdain. The three eccentric cousins are relatively flat and though key to the story did not, in my opinion, give it much life. I can generally read a 316 page book in less than a day but this one just did not garner any anticipation from me in that it was too easy to put down and I was not anxious to pick it back up other than to try and figure out why the heroine was so rude to Christian - I stretched this read out to almost three days! Emery the cousin was obnoxious as all get out and why a hostess, did not curb the disdain shown to a houseguest and a peer of the realm was not in keeping with the times. Again, I have read all of this authors earlier books and have to say that this was not up to her usual standards.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading! 4 Jun. 2003
By Huntress Reviews - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Miss Parkinson has a problem. The real estate market is historically poor, but having a ghost makes the idea of selling a house frankly impossible. Her solution is to hire noted ghost hunter, Christian Reade who has recently had a noteable success. For his part, Christian is sick of ghosts and just wants a vacation, but accepts the job as a favor to his grandfather.
To his surprise, the occupants of Sibel Hall, especially Miss Parkinson, are not all that happy to see him and there appears to be a mystery that needs solving, one with an all too human answer. However, the biggest mystery that Christian wants to get to the bottom of is how to win Miss Parkinson's heart.
***** Fans of Regencies and ghost stories alike will find this a charming story with quirky characters abounding. *****
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun Regency romance 7 Jun. 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Abigail Parkinson, owner of Sibel Hall, needs to sell the place, but Sir Boundefort, a ghost she has never seen, scares away prospective buyers. She writes to ghost chaser Christian Reade, whose unwanted reputation is based on debunking a spectral claim at Belles Corner. Though he prefers not to go, Christian travels to Sibel Hall as a favor to his beloved ailing grandfather.
His reception by the owner is cold as if Abigail is angry with him, but Christian finds he can't get the "Governess" out of his mind and cannot ignore her smell of lilac. On the other hand, her three live-in cousins run the gamut of welcome. Mercia hopes he finds the ghost and the reported treasure; the Colonel welcomes a fellow adventurer but believes he wastes his time; Emery the intellect treats him with disdain. However, the worst is Abigail who he badly wants to admire him considers him a miscreant though he knows not why. As he tries to uncover the mystery of the haunting and his hostess, Christian and Abby fall in love, but she has not forgiven him for forgetting that as children she was once his wench and he her pirate.
This is a fun Regency romance due to the delightful lead couple. The three "cousins" are minor irritants as readers will want to tell the trio to shut up after constantly hearing the Colonel's loud voice, Emery's sneering comments, and Mercia's inane gibberish. However, when it comes to love among the lilacs, fans will appreciate this entertaining ghost-busting romance with a pinch of suspense that comes from an unlikely source.
Harriet Klausner
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Regency offering with moments of poignancy 1 Sept. 2005
By TheSchemer - Published on
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Christian Reade, Viscount Moreland, has had enough of ghosts, spirits and things that go bump in the night. Unfortunately, after unmasking a fake haunting, Christian has acquired a reputation as an expert on all things spectral and has been deluged with requests to communicate with the dead. Hoping to escape the pleas, he decides to visit his grandfather, only to find another missive there. Forced by his grandfather to accept the assignment, Christian heads to Sibel Hall and Miss Parkinson.

After years of being a companion to her aunt, all Abigail Parkinson wishes out of life is a comfortable little cottage in the country. To get there she has to sell her unexpected inheritance -- Sibel Hall. Unfortunately, the Hall comes with an assortment of cousins and a ghost determined to drive away would-be buyers. Feeling desperate, Abby turns to her Last Resort. She writes the Viscount Moreland and asks for help.

Expecting the owner of Sibel Hall to be a scheming miss out to bag herself a husband, Christian is surprised instead to find a hauntingly familiar young lady dressed like a governess. To make matters more intriguing, she's not happy to see him. In fact, no one is. Of course, Christian decides he will stay until he gets to the bottom of the ghost mystery or past Abigail Parkinson's defenses -- whichever comes first.

A MAN OF MANY TALENTS is an engaging tale peppered with just the right amount of humor and mystery. Christian and Abby complement each other perfectly, while the personalities of the other characters provide contrast and a bit of a red herring. At its heart, though, this is a reunion story and the poignant recounting of Abby and Christian's first "real" meeting will explain the significance of lilacs throughout the tale. Nostalgic and sweet, A MAN OF MANY TALENTS is the ideal companion for a spring afternoon.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and mystery interwoven 1 Sept. 2012
By K.M. L. - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a totally entertaining romance because of the mystery and unusual characters involved. I thoroughly enjoyed it probably due to the fact it wasn't completely predictable. Deborah Simmons never fails to surprise and amuse me with her well-written novels. I'm so excited to see her books available in this format. It makes me want to re-read all of her books.
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