by Anthology

March 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7481-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Now, this is a book for all of you die-hard Regency fans. Look out, because ‘murder’ has come to the sacred halls of Almack’s!

“Invitation to Trouble”, by Jo Ann Ferguson introduces us to Lord Stuart Foxington and Miss Amelia Wallace. Mutual friends seem to think that they would make a splendid couple, arranging it so that they attend a private masquerade ball at Almack’s. Little do they know, but they are about to become engrossed onto a plot of mystery and murder, and Amelia could be a prime target. Of course, this brings out the protective nature in Stuart and after meeting Amelia for the first time he would give his life to keep her from harm.

In “Murder Most Indiscreet”, Mona Gedney takes us Almack’s at a very exciting time. Someone has just poisoned Lord Palmering and all of the finger pointing is aimed at his shy, quiet-as-a-mouse wife, Lily. Of course no one would actually come out and call her a murderess, but when her sister Rose finds out about her brother-in-law’s death, Rose comes running to rescue her distraught sister from scandal. She recruits the help of Lord Brookstone, who was present at the time of the murder. But can she trust a man who is untrustworthy? Interesting!

Valerie King brings us “A Rare Blade” and another murder at the hallowed halls of Almack’s. Lydia Sherborne was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, no surprise there! When the Earl of Kingsdale discovers that she is witness to one of the government’s most important informants, he takes it upon himself to be her protector, even if it kills him. But he’s not quite sure who will be doing the killing, the actual murderer or Lydia, with her stubbornness.

All three of the stories were fantastic. They all held me in total rapture and I read the book in one sitting. This is one book that every Regency fan should own. You’ll absolutely love it!

Reviewed in June 2003 by Debbie.

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