Wednesday, 24 April 2019
An Infamous Betrayal: A Regency Cozy (Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries #3) by Lynn Messina (2019)
Having solved the two murders that somehow fell in her path, Beatrice Hyde-Clare is on the lookout for a third. Through a absurd quirk of stupid fate, the shy spinster has fallen in love with the thoroughly unattainable Duke of Kesgrave and is desperate for something, anything, to occupy her mind. A dead body would do nicely.
Fortunately for her, a fellow guest from a Lake District house party appears on her doorstep with exactly that: the lover of his fiancée's mother expired after a wretchedly painful episode just that morning in an apparent poisoning. As unorthodox as it is, he would like Bea to investigate rather than calling the authorities.
Bea begins her inquiry into Mr. Wilson's death at once and almost immediately finds herself in the company of Kesgrave, who is as determined as ever to assist her. 'Twas patently unfair, for the whole point of the investigation was to get away from the handsome lord.
Now Bea is faced with the daunting challenge of exposing the villain without revealing her heart.
I've listened to the first three books in this series and I absolutely love it.
The slow burn romance between Beatrice and the Duke is completely charming and lovely to read. The witty banter and comical moments add lots of humour to the story. The 'snuff box' scene at the shop was one of my favourite as it was so funny.
The mystery itself was cleverly plotted and had me guessing to the end.
The conclusion to this third book in the series was hugely enjoyable. The Duke of Kesgrave shows his feelings in a delightfully charming way. His little fit of jealousy had me smiling with delight especially as it occurred at a very opportune time!
I'm really looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.
I love the audio version as the narration is excellent. However the book covers in this series are so pretty I'm planning on collecting the print copies as well for my real life bookshelf.
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