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Career diplomat Alec Halsey has been elevated to a marquessate he doesn't want. His lover has decided she won't marry him after all. What's more, the suspicion that he murdered his brother still lingers in London drawing rooms. So returning to London after seven months' seclusion may have been a mistake.
Alec's foreboding deepens when a nobody vicar drops dead at a party-political dinner, he witnesses the very public humiliation of an up-and-coming portrait painter, and his rabble-rousing uncle Plantagenet is bashed and left for dead in a laneway. When the vicar's true identity is revealed, Alec suspects the man was poisoned. But who would want a seemingly harmless man of God murdered, and why?
Lucinda Brant's Alec Halsey mysteries explore the darker side of her deliciously romantic 18th century world. Along with trademark wit and high drama there are deeper subplots and even quirkier characters that will have you shuddering and laughing in equal measure!
2012 Australian Romance Readers Awards finalist
©2013 Lucinda Brant (P)2015 Lucinda Brant
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By jerelyn on 04-27-15

Deadly Smart and Sexy to Boot!

I read this book when it first came out and what I said then still holds true. While Lucinda Brant is a modern author her writing is fresh and always well researched, but she writes with shades and shadows of historical romantic fiction of a generation or two ago. Minus the purple prose, thank God! She doesn't shy away from those facts of 18th century life which as modern readers we wince at. She stays true to the social morays of that period, and explains without info dumping about the politics of the time, and that is why I enjoy and respect her work so much.
I love the Alec Halsey mysteries, and the great cast of supporting characters. They are all here from Selina the love of his life and their complicated long time love for one another, to his irrepressible Uncle Plantagenet, with his unrepentant Republican view point. Of course his Godmother the indomitable Duchess Romney-St.Neots, who always makes me laugh and who I want to be like when I am a woman of a certain age. Please let’s not forget Tam his loyal young valet and brilliant young Apothecary student. But with the returning characters, you also have new characters some so loathsome you want to slap them, and others who you root for, and in this one the mysterious young woman at the heart of the matter.
While I love all Ms. Brant’s novels the Halsey series has a special place in my heart, Alec is one of my book boyfriends and I love spending time with him. The 18th century is such an opulent time and Georgian London and Bath had it all, from all that glitters to grinding poverty and Ms. Brant portrays this brilliantly.
As for Mr. Alex Wyndham’s performance. He’s wonderful, and I just think that he adds so much to the story. As most anyone that listens to books regularly, as I do, you know how important that is. It can’t be easy to nail not only the regional accents, but make female voices sound feminine without sounding ridiculous. So BRAVO Mr. Wyndham I can’t wait for Deadly Peril!

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By Cam on 11-22-15

Wonderful story, cliff hanger ending

An intriguing mystery. I usually do not read mysteries but since I have become a big fan of Lucinda Brant I decided to purchase this book and it was a very wise decision. I am a huge fan of romance but the well developed mystery and the fine web will seen together had me attached to the book until it I finished it all in a day. Alex Wyndham's performance was fabulous as usual.

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By R. Card on 01-13-18

Again, brilliant!

I downloaded this straight after listening to the first story. I enjoyed that it takes place not that long after the first story and there is some continuity there. It is a completely different mystery and just as satisfying. I am downloading book 3 as I type...!!! :)

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By Mrs L Davis on 11-01-15

Definitely an affair to remember!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone! The story is the second in the series, the first being Deadly Engagement. It's an exciting murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing right to the end Also the love story between the main character Alec Halsey and Selina is intertwined within the plot which makes this a truly enthralling read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character in this book Plantagenet Halsey, the main character's uncle.He's a lovable old rogue who injects a touch of humour to the story.

Have you listened to any of Alex Wyndham’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Alex Wyndham narrates both books in the series so far. I can't imagine the characters with anyone else breathing life into them. He really does act out the whole story. From elderly gentlemen to young girls, Alex has the talent to make you forget it's the same person speaking for all the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found Tam's love for the old vicar very touching.

Any additional comments?

Lucinda Brant has a true gift for writing historical drama that is truly believable. She describes the scene in intricate detail, this makes the reader feel as if they were there in Georgian London.

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