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A Most Intriguing Lady: The instant Sunday Times bestseller! The most captivating historical romance of intrigue and scandal for 2023

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Instead of focusing wholely on romance, Sarah Ferguson chooses, instead to focus on bringing to life the "forgotten" women of the Victorian era. But the melding of two distinct genres doesn’t quite work; although both are predicated on tension, a romance requires stronger characterisation, a detective story demands more pace. sigh* Each and every one of the characters was so well painted and each breathed life on its own (my favourite, besides Mary and Tre, is certainly Lady Rolle). As a reader, you watch as the pair rebel, fall in love, overcome hurdles and ultimately get their happily ever after - a satisfying and rewarding end to such a evocative tale.

Colonel Trefusis is a guest of the Duke and Duchess, but when one of the other guests loses a valuable brooch he offers to help Mary solve the crime. Traits that make her perfect to uncover society crimes – those whose wealthy victims have their pride and reputation at stake. Its attention to historical detail is admirable, however, and I can quite visualise Lady Mary: Society Sleuth being a global hit on Netflix.

ARC provided by GoodReads in a give-away - A lot of the romance novels I read are either very modern or very Regency so imagine my delight to have this Victorian romance/mystery fall into my lap for a change. The time was necessary as both characters needed to learn more about themselves, to grow, to find what was important. This story is not only deep in history but also bravery of Lady Mary trying to prove her worth in society. This sounded good and I wanted to give it a try, but I did not experience main character Lady Mary at all as she was described and ultimately that was a deal-breaker for me.

That person was Lady Mary Montagu Douglas Scott, the youngest child of Queen Victoria’s close friends the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. Overlooked and underestimated by all who meet her, the wallflower daughter of Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch has a sharp intelligence and keen powers of observation. Proprio durante questo evento conosce il colonnello Trefusis, un uomo singolare che nasconde molti segreti e ha uno spirito indomito, lo stesso che anima Mary cacciandola spesso nei guai. And soon Tre will see that between diamond thefts and scandal there is more to this wallflower than meets the eye. Lady Mary Montagu Douglas Scott is the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and the youngest.Lady Mary Montagu Douglas Scott is the fiercely intelligent youngest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. She is also very adept at solving problems subtly, and is careful to resolve issues without hurting the reputation of people, if she can help it. With thanks to NetGalley and Mills and Boon for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. This may result in small marks to the dustjacket and title page, please also bear in mind that each signature will be a little different from the one we show here. With Lady Mary’s great observation skills and Tre’s connections they go on a journey solving crimes of stolen money, jewellery and documents.

This is the second book in the series, by Sarah Ferguson and Marguerite Kaye, but is a standalone story the first being about Mary’s older sister Margaret. I failed to read further as the characters were not introduced with enough depth and neither was the plot .

Lady Mary, the youngest daughter of Buccleuch family, is feeling lost and without purpose when she discovers a hidden talent - solving domestic crimes with subtlety. A most intriguing lady follows Lady Mary Douglas Montagu Scott and Walter Trefusis, Colonel Trefusis (Tre). But let’s begin with an apposite quotation from EM Forster: “What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote it.

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