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Standard JAK with some glaring mistakes!*some spoilers *
on 23 April 2014
I love all JAK books and have read almost everything she has written with the exception of some older books I havent been able to lay my hands on. I have long accepted that she has a formula that works for her which is what we have come to expect.
Amity Doncaster ( I love the names she gives her heroines) rescues Benedict Stanbridge on a carribean island and nurses him back to health aboard a ship they were booked on. She heads back to England but he continues on to complete his 'first and last' job for the crown on his uncle's behalf. On her return, she finds her name linked to Benedicts' in a rumoured affair which leads to her kidnap by the serial killer who had murdered several women after dressing them up as brides.
On Benedicts return, they get engaged to throw off the killer and stop the rumours and end up assisting the last inspector put in charge of the case along with Amity's sister, Penny to solve the crime.
Ok, there is no paranormal activity in this book which is nice, bringing back the era of Deception, Mistress and her other non-paranormal historicals.
My first issue is the opening scene where she rescues an injured fellow passenger just before returing to the ship which JAK has used in a previous book. Surely there is an opening she has not used before that will still reflect the innate strength of her heroine?
There is no clear pattern showing how Benedict connected Leona to the crime which is strange for the author as she often shows a logical path to solving her mysteries.
His brother and sister in law, infact and his parents felt like extras she threw in. I think they might as well have not appeared for all the good they did. Except for the part where the sister in law gave Amity information on his romantic history.
The mastermind was obvious as there was no other real possible spy and I began to suspect this long before the end.
All in all, an ok JAK but you might be disappointed if you've read better titles from her. If this is your first attempt at a JAK historical, go for it then read her older books. That way you will appreciate her more.