All of Lady Abigail Hurst’s dreams seem to be coming true when at long last her childhood sweetheart asks for her hand. But when a maid is found dead, and her betrothed is the chief suspect, Abigail begins to wonder just what manner of man she's marrying...
The Marquess of Longcroft, Edmund Townsend, has always preferred complex mathematical equations to the trappings of society. And love? Love is a non-quantifiable concept. Still, Lady Abigail is his sister's friend, and he finds himself drawn into the mystery of her affianced…even as he begins to anticipate Lady Abigail's company with unfathomable pleasure.
Investigating the murder may reveal more than the sordid truth.
It may just reveal the love Abigail always wanted...a little too late.
A great blend of romance and murder mystery. I'm already itching to read the next book in the series.
Edmund is quite an adorable character. He's more interested in Science and mathematical equations than having a social life. However, he puts his interests aside in order to help Lady Abigail discover the truth about her fiancé. I liked Abigail's inquisitive nature and her sense of self worth. She was not afraid to question the wisdom of the men around her when their lack of judgement directly affected her.
The mystery was intriguing but was solved too quickly for me. I would have liked to have doubts about Robert's innocence to the end. He was a good 'bad' character but not bad enough. The scene with Robert, Abigail, Edmund, and Baxter in Abigail's bedroom was both exciting and funny. However, the situation with Robert was very quickly resolved after that with the consequences for his actions happening off page.
The romance between Abigail and Edmund was slow burning and sweet. I liked that they didn't rush their feelings for each other and that their relationship was allowed to develop slowly. A house full of sisters to marry off ensures subsequent titles of the series. I will look forward to catching up with this couple and of course Baxter, the dog.
I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.