by Amelia Grey

October 2003
ISBN: 0-425-19277-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Amelia Grey brings us another wonderful romp through Regency England with her second book, “A Little Mischief”.

Miss Isabella Winslowe started her Reading Society to help those ladies of the ton who are a little, shall we say, “shy”. The purpose of the Reading Society was to give these ladies the chance to read and freely discuss their opinions without the scrutiny of those who would ridicule them. Unfortunately, the group was also called the “Wallflower Society” by the gentlemen of the ton, because they were women who were a bit ‘long in the tooth’ or ‘spinsters on the shelf’. Scandal had never touched these ladies until one of them decides to have a rendezvous with a gentleman in Isabella’s garden and kills him to boot!

Daniel Fletcher Colebrooke, seventh Earl of Colebrook is very concerned. He has just learned that his sister is a member of this Reading Wallflower Society and wonders if it is good for her reputation - she’s a young woman after all. Being with these spinsters would surely do her no good in the husband hunting mart. He becomes more concerned and more than a little suspicious when Miss Winslowe shows up on his doorstep, with his sister in tow, weaving an incredible tale of murder and intrigue. When she insists that he follow her to his house to help her dispose of the body, they return to find her garden empty. What is this crazed woman up to? What does she hope to gain by causing a scandal for his sister?

What follows is a whirlwind of fun and mayhem. The ‘dead’ man later shows up at a ball, then meets again with Daniel’s sister, only to be found ‘dead’ again at his sister’s hand. Then proceeds to disappear again. What the heck is going on and who is creating all of this mischief?

If you like Amanda Quick, you will absolutely LOVE Amelia Grey. I read this book in one sitting. It was fun, fast paced and very sensual. Daniel and Isabella are perfect for each other. They argue and squabble like children, but love as lustfully as they fight. They follow lead after lead, finding more questions than answers. The plot is never lacking and will keep you riveted to the pages. Ms. Grey’s characters are wonderfully written and very believable. Nothing leaves the reader lacking or wondering what is going on.

I enjoyed this book very much and am making it one of my favorite picks for this fall. This is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it to everyone. Great work, Amelia!

Reviewed in September 2003 by Debbie.

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