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Another engaging mystery by Amanda Quick
on June 4, 2006
Mrs. Beatrice Poole is a woman of many mysteries--including a secret identity as Amelia York, authoress of horrid novels. Upon learning of the death of her uncle under most improper circumstances, Beatrice takes it upon herself to find out what happened. When the young widow finds herself on the verge of becoming the heroine of one of her grim and fanciful tales she looks toward the Earl of Monkford for assistance.
Leo, the Earl of Monkford, has a family history with mystery and intrigue. The men before him who held the title Earl of Monkford became known as the "Mad Monks." Leo himself is believed to have supernatural powers, including the ability to turn himself into a wolf. Followed by his trusty hound, Elf, Leo sets out to help Beatrice discover what happened to her uncle, and finds himself falling for the lady in the interim period.
This novel was an engaging read and passed the time quickly. Quick's signature mysteries rarely disappoint. One of the best things about this one is that both the hero and heroine are of a certain age (nearing 40 and 30, respectively) so there is little need for the high drama typically associated with Regency romance. This would be an excellent book to read by the pool in the summer.