- Tapa blanda: 296 páginas
- Editor: Sprigleaf (1 de enero de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0987243047
- ISBN-13: 978-0987243041
Deadly Engagement: A Georgian Historical Mystery (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 ene 2012
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It's 1763. Career diplomat Alec Halsey returns to London and the shocking news his estranged elder brother, the Earl of Delvin, has not only killed his friend in a duel but become engaged to the woman he had hoped to marry. To learn more about the suspect duel, Alec reluctantly attends a weekend house party to celebrate his brother's engagement. House guests get more than they bargained for when a lady's maid is murdered, the bride-to-be attacked, and a guest is shot dead. Alec uncovers a connection between these sinister acts and his brother's duel. He must also confront a cruel twist of fate that explains why his brother loathes him and will go to any lengths to discredit him in Polite Society.
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Twist and turns abound in this historial mystery set in the late 1700's. Alec Halsey, second son has returned after performing diplomatic work overseas only to discover that his elder brother has become betrothed to his intended. To say that his elder brother despises him is an understatement and it appear early on that that Lord Delvin will do whatever it takes to discredit, ruin and run his brother out of town. Murder abounds at a house party to celebrate Lord Delvin and Emily's engagement, where no one seems to be as they appear. Wonderful mystery, attention to detail and lush descriptions take the reader back in time. I will definately check out this author's other works. If you are looking for something new to read until the next Sebastian St. Cyr or Lady Julia Grey book is published. Take a chance and add this to your wish list. You will be glad to find another series to become enamored with. I know I am.
I bought this because it was compared to the Sebastian St Cyr series. Other than the fact that Sebastian's name is Devlin, and this family's name is Delvin, there is NOTHING like St. Cyr series here. Do. Not. Waste. Your. Money.
Surely this book is intended as a satire of historical mysteries and romances. I don't see it tagged as satire, but it doesn't read as a mystery because no one behaves at all realistically.
I'm afraid I suffered from extreme eye-roll while reading this. The story is overkilled overkill, with crimes and victims piling up right and left. The villain of the piece might as well be twirling his moustache, and the hero's mouth twitches so often I thought he had a neurological disorder that would turn out to be a plot point. No such luck. This book just wasn't the story I'd hoped it would be.
However, when I read it as if it were a satire on historical mysteries and romances, I found it much more enjoyable.
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( [...] ). [...]