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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006144748X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061447488
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,678,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Peacock skillfully interweaves figures of real Victoria London, while avoiding the genre’s typical focus on aristocracy. London’s artistic underbelly is grimy, gritty, and has instant appeal that the ton can’t match. The mystery flows smoothly, with well-placed red herrings, excellent reveals and pleasing surprises.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A plucky protagonist who refuses to back down as an increasingly murky plot surfaces...” (London's Sunday Observer)

“A Dangerous Affair is not only a good mystery, but also a very good Victorian novel. Peacock has a wonderful grasp of Victorian soceity, and helps bring it to life through her well written and entertaining young Liberty.” (Sacramento Book Review)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Dawson on January 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
In this historical mystery novel, Liberty Lane must solve the puzzling murder of a famous dancer in order to save her best friend's sanity and his beloved's life. The story unfolds in Victorian London, and the book is filled with realistic period details and even a few cameo appearances by historical figures (including Benjamin Disraeli). In one scene, Liberty describes the contents of a produce basket received by a typical Victorian family from the family's country estate:
"Like many families in town, the Talbots had produce sent to them regularly .... I knelt down beside [Mrs. Talbot] and helped as she lifted treasure after treasure from the hamper, unswathing them from snow-white napkins: pork pies ornamented with pastry cutouts of leaves and roses, and glazed so brightly they reflected the light; rich fruitcakes with their tops cracking to show insides packed with raisins and cherries; almond tarts and spiced biscuits. ... Four huge hams wrapped in muslin took up the corners of the hamper. ... [E]ven at this time of year there were still apples, wrinkled but sweet-smelling, and a few pears. A deep bed of straw cradled jars of jam and chutney."

Clearly, Peacock has done her research, and this novel's richly imagined setting is what elevates this book over more typical murder mysteries. This book's other advantages include a plucky, likeable protagonist and a well-crafted--and very easy to follow--plot. This isn't highbrow literature, but adult and teenaged fans of mysteries will enjoy A Dangerous Affair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luxx Mishley on March 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I went into "A Dangerous Affair" cold, not having read "A Foreign Affair." As such, I have to admit that reading the sequel without having read the original novel may in fact have had a negative impact on my reading.

"A Dangerous Affair" is sweet enough as a young adult novel, but I found it wanting in several ways; Peacock's plot is unoriginal, and her characters are often 2-dimensional. As a student of literature and a Victorian enthusiast I held high hopes for Peacock's novel, and was largely disappointed.

However, I would certainly recommend the book for high school students, especially those that can be difficult to engage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meringue on January 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a fun read - but NB warning above, and make sure you're not duped into buying it twice!
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Following on from her first book, "A Foreign Affair," Caro Peacock has written a stunning successor novel. She continues on with the story of plucky Liberty Lane, a young lady living by her own wits during the Victorian Age in London. In the first novel, readers met Liberty as she discovers the death of her own father. In "A Dangerous Affair," the murder mystery centers around the death of a famed ballet dancer and a wrongly accused country girl who has come to the big city to fulfill her dream on stage.

It hardly matters if readers have begun the series with "A Foreign Affair," because this historical mystery stands on its own and, indeed, surpasses the first in storytelling ability. Here, the plot is more streamlined, the characters more interesting, and Peacock is perhaps more in her element setting the story in London rather than jumping back and forth between France and England (as in the first book).

Liberty's interest in the case stems from her relationship with a pianist in the orchestra at the theatre where the murder occurs. He is smitten with the accused murderess and certain of her innocence, but given the Victorian setting and lack of a clear suspect, it seems likely that the accused dancer will face the gallows. All of the descriptions of court scenes at Old Bailey and the prison are very interesting, as are the British class distinctions that seem to arise in these matters. Powerful friends in the upper class can make or break a case wide open.

Author Caro Peacock combines fictional and real characters from the Victorian age well.
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