A truly intriguing one. A real page turner. It's Part I of a two-part mystery series set in the Georgian Era, in England. If you dream of a book with a gorgeous hero, thrilling emotions, romance and intrigue, wit and elegance, silk and powdered wigs, you won't be disappointed, you'll find it in Lucinda Brant's DEADLY ENGAGEMENT.
1763. Alec Halsey, being a second son is not going to inherit his father's title. nor his properties. His boasting, wicked brother, Edward, is the heir to the title, Earl of Delvin, and to the family patrimony. But it seems Alec will have to renounce even more in favour of his brother: his dream to marry young beautiful Emily, his godmother's grand-daughter.
Coming back from his service as a diplomat in Paris, he discovers she is betrothed to Edward. who has also just killed one of Alec's friends, Jack, in a duel. The rivalry between the two brothers - or better the Earl of Delvin's jealousy and hatred towards his younger brother - is the driving force behind many of the events of the gripping plot. Edward and Emily are going to announce their intention to marry soon to friends and family during a grand party at St. Neots House . The party will be ravaged by unexpected events, bloody ones. During the engagement celebration the guests will be greatly shocked by a lady's maid's murder, an attack to the bride-to-be , and a guest shot dead.
Alec will have to face revelations about his own family, to cope with meeting again his first great love, Selina Jamison-Lewis, now a widow and an even more attractive woman, and he will uncover the connection between those mysterious sinister events , his friend's Jack's killing in a duel and a recently raided male brothel.
Will he find a way to conquer Emily's heart before she marries his elder brother? Will he, instead, woo his old flame, Selina, now she is a widow? What did his own mother write about his birth in a crucial letter to Selina's aunt, Lady Margaret, one of her best friends? In his investigations Alec will be helped by his bizarre republican uncle, a MP, Plantagenet Halsey, and by his loyal friend, Lord Cosmo.
You can't miss Lucinda Brant's two-part Alec Halsey Mystery series, Deadly Engagement + Deadly Affair , a perfect blend of history, romance and mystery. The first novel is now available as an e-book at all the ebook stores (Apple ibooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, etc). Here's a direct link to the Kindle edition on Amazon( http://amzn.to/dIbAmY ). [...]