Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: The Noble Hearts #3
Publication Date: 7/23/18
Number of Pages: 142
What an enjoyable read this was! I loved the characters, the romance and the set-up for the next book in the series. The writing is excellent and the mystery was good, but the villain was sort of out of the blue.
Jonathan (Lord Stanley) thinks Marigold Smith is a fribble and she is very, very annoying. He’s not sure why he thinks that – after all, he hardly knows her. She is always surrounded by fawning men, she’s laughing, smiling, and flirting – of course, she’s a fribble. It annoys him to no end that she has the audacity to join his Gentlemen and Ladies Literary Society of London. How could a fribble like her even have a thought in her head?
Marigold sees no reason to let the condescending, demeaning men of the world know that she is smarter than the lot of them. Jonathan, Lord Stanley seems to be the worst of the lot as he practically sneers at her. Marigold loves the sciences and particularly anatomy – although that is generally a taboo subject for ladies.
When Jonathan and Marigold both latch onto a journal that each wants to buy at an estate sale, sparks fly. Neither will let go! The wrangling begins – then there is the theft, the murders and the threat of more. Somehow, the journal loses some of its importance as they begin to solve all of the puzzles before them.
I enjoyed watching Marigold and Jonathan realize that they’d always admired each other and work their way toward their HEA.
One thing though – there were a number of references to ‘police’, Metropolitan Police – even Scotland Yard – none of those things existed in 1822. The best there was, was the Bow Street Runners – which the author also mentioned.
Definitely an enjoyable read.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.