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Good last in series but...
on 28 June 2014
OK, the moaning first. Why set a book in 1816, the Regency period, and then use strictly modern phrases that would NEVER have been used then? E.g. In the Regency period the very modern phrase "toy boy" to describe the younger lover of an older woman would not have been used, they no doubt would have had another description for it but not that. The word "kid" would not have been used to describe a child; child or lad would have been used instead. Fish and chips were not put together to sell as a meal until 1860. Chips were first described in a book by Dickens in 1859. Although passports did exist, there were not used for foreign travel until the First World War. I am not sure that the game of roulette and its wheel was played in the UK in 1816, there was a pre-runner to roulette that was played only I can't think of it's name. Gaming houses would not have been called "casino's", they would have been called gambling dens or clubs. Also an aristocrat would not call his mother "Mum", it would have been Mother or Mama (pronounced ma-mah). I'm afraid I found all that really irritating, I prefer at least some period authenticity. Alright GF is no Georgette Heyer, but even so!
This is Nick's story. He has been thrown into a Scottish dungeon for daring to want to leave the Order. He just wants to live his life without being a spy or assassinate people. After six months, It is agreed by the Order that he will be freed if he helps lady investigator Virginia, Lady Burke, with a case she is working on. However, both Gin and the case are more than they at first seem.