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A very enjoyable read. Mystery and (clean) romance with some very humorous parts that kept a smile on my face. Lots of hidden identities ultimately leading to a perfect conclusion. Very enjoyable narration with easily discernible characters.
I discovered Georgette Heyer in the eighth grade and have been looking for tales like hers ever since. Sadly, most Regency novels are pretty awful. This on the other hand is really quite good. The situation is pretty far-fetched but let's be honest - we don't read this stuff for realism. Never mind, the heroine and her earl find reason to masquerade as servants and of course complications ensue. The characters are likeable, the plotting is well done, if fairly predictable, and everything wraps up neatly. The dialogue is a bit flat, lacking the wit of the best Regencies.
The narration is simply "okay", somewhat lifeless. I considered only two stars but bumped it up to three because ther is nothing grating about it to annoy me the way some readers of romances do. Not syrupy or overly "breathy", and none of the men sound like they are about to shape-shift into something vile.
I'll probably get more by this author for when I'm in the mood for something pleasant and not particularly challenging.
Sadly the Archers don't make an appearance but the winner of this show was Edward! A brilliant and funny lad who adds much to the enjoyment of this story. The lead characters are nice enough, not half as sharp as Sarah & William from the previous book, but they are likeable enough and the storyline is decent. Not every couple can have great amounya od chutzpah. Still, Edward takes the cake!