Teresa Grant's new novel in her Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch series, "The Berkeley Square Affair", is almost as good as the preceding four. But this book, set in London, after the Napoleonic Wars and the Battle of Waterloo, is a tad too long and a bit too predictable. That's not a bad thing, necessarily, but Grant's characters all seem to be either French spies and/or in and out of each others' beds. And all have "secrets"; some dealing with paternity issues, "loyalty" issues, and just plain out and out, identity issues. Very few characters are who they say they are or think of themselves as.
The book centers around Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch, a married couple with all the "issued" listed above. They had met and married during the Peninsula War and had evolved into a happy couple with first one, then two children. But both were spies; Malcolm for the British and Suzanne for the French. Suzanne's allegiances were hidden from Malcolm but you, the reader, having read the previous three books - and a couple of Kindle singles - knew the truth would come out at some point in time.
But, it seems almost everybody in the Rannoch's circle was a French spy. I'm not exaggerating; the number of secrets exposed in this book is lengthy and often...interesting. Teresa Grant is a good writer, though, and she keeps her plot and her characters in a constant juggle, that lands right at the end. I don't know whether this is the last of the series's books but if it is, it's a good last book. Oh, and don't be put off by the cover pictures on Grant's books. They look a bit trashy and "romantic-y" but they're not. They are solid reading for the historical novel reader.
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