- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (Dec 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425194396
- ISBN-13: 978-0425194393
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.8 x 2.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,238,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Actress Louise Canfield visits Beau and Lydia to obtain help as someone abducted her teenage daughter from the theater. Louise informs a stunned Beau that Sophia is his child from a long ago tryst. Beau's friends Todd and Clara Leach obtain the services of Lord "Clue", Hugh Montgomery known for solving cases. However, he and Lydia know each other from when they fell in love five years ago when she was known as Addie Parker. He thought she was dead while she felt he deserted her. As they work together, their love remains strong, but before either can think of the future a young girl needs rescuing.
Readers will enjoy this Victorian romance starring two intrepid females trying to break the mode that leaves women in lesser roles. From the start, the story line grips the audience with Louise dressed as a man trying to rescue an aging whore who just lost her teen child to a nasty John. Though the personal relationship between Louise and Hugh is heated, resolution is simplified with Beaus' deteriorating health. Still fans will relish this powerful historical romance.
Hugh and Lydia share a past, and it's always nice to see the hero pining away for his true love. :-) It was different that we watched him battle his drug addiction and we found out about Lydia's painful past. And for once we see, in Lord Beaumont, what the price is for being a rake and bedding all those prostitues. It was nice to see Clara and Todd again, from the Duchess' Lover. I hope she makes it through this pregnancy okay.
But there were problems here too. The pace was a bit odd. They started out only having a few days to solve the crime, but you never really feel the urgency. And then a week or two later we have the show down. And I was left feeling that Hugh really didn't do a whole lot. He didn't find the girl...he was led around by the nose by the villian. There wasn't a whole lot of characterization in this story with more focus being on the murder plot. The whole channeling of Sherlock Holmes was very obvious though not a terrible thing. I never really believed anyone could mistake Lydia for a man and I waited with baited breath for some smallest mention of the beloved Duchess from the last book...but in vain.
So I guess, it's a matter of, not the worst book I ever read, but not nearly as good as I was expecting. Better luck next time.
When her husband's previously unknown daughter is kidnapped from the theater her mother works at, Lydia steps in to help find the young girl with the help Lord "Clue", Hugh Montgomery, Lydia's one love and the cause of much misery.
The story line is gripping, if a bit overwrought, and the charecters are likably flawed.
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