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Deadly Affair: A Georgian Historical Mystery (Alec Halsey Mystery Book 2) by [Brant, Lucinda]
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Lucinda Brant is the queen of Georgian Historical Mystery just as Georgette Heyer was the queen of Regency Romance. What these two authors have in common, besides being superb writers, is their ability to weave historical information into the plot so that the reader is transported effortlessly to another time and place. Lucinda Brant gets 5 stars from me, and I can't wait to read the other books in the Alec Halsey series!
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Lucinda Brant has a beautiful writing style and a careful grasp on the social mores, political environment and tangled affairs of the aristocracy of Georgian England. Her characterizations are layered and complex. The mystery is intricately woven into an absorbing plot. Lucinda Brant is a gifted writer and Deadly Affair is highly and enthusiastically recommended for lovers of historical mysteries!
Jill MacKenzie InD'Tale magazine

About the Author

When not bumping about Georgian London in my sedan chair or exchanging gossip with perfumed and patched courtiers in the gilded drawing rooms of Versailles, I write bestselling Georgian historical romances and mysteries (crime with lashings of romance). All are set in mid-1700s Georgian England, with occasional crossings to the France of Louis XV. I pull up the reins at the French Revolution where I lost a previous life at the guillotine for my unpardonably hedonistic lifestyle as a layabout aristo!

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  • File Size: 6490 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Sprigleaf; 2 edition (December 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RZBN9S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read the stellar reviews for this novel and doubted I was reading the same book. While Ms. Brant constructs an interesting plot, her methods for telling it bored me to tears. No character can ever simply get to the point. Every time information is imparted from one person to another, they take a long verbal meander before spilling the beans. Not just one character does this, but all of them, regardless of the importance of the information or how dire the circumstances. And the redundancy! Apparently Ms. Brant does not trust her readers to remember what happened from one sentence to another, let alone one chapter to the next. The constant retelling of scenes and plot points had me skipping through page after page after page, just hoping to find something that moved the plot along. The thin plot was also muddied with long, detailed trivia. I appreciate the depth of research the author did, but I did not need two pages to describe every item Lord Halsey packed in his traveling toiletries case.

I quote from this book, "Sir Septimus's note was long-winded and full of verbose rhetoric." That is precisely how I would describe "Deadly Affair."

I'm only halfway through and I'm so tired of searching for something that furthers the plot that I no longer care who did what to whom. I think Ms. Brant has a great deal of potential, but she needs an editor with a big red pen to cross out the redundancy and and a requirement to keep the story moving.
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Once you meet Alec Halsey you can't avoid being charmed, if not totally under his spell. What I most like in him is that, though living in Georgian London, he refuses to wear a powdered wig and has a passionate, free spirit. But , honestly, who could ignore his being tall, handsome, blue-eyed, with long black curls and olive skin?
"He was the handsomest man she had ever set eyes on, with his black wavy hair, olive skin and a profile which reminded her of a statue"
Well, this is the effect he has on Janie, a poor servant, but read the book and you'll discover no woman of any rank can resist his charms.
Alec Halsey is the protagonist of Deadly Affair by Lucinda Brant whom readers of FLY HIGH may remember entering stage in Deadly Engagement (my review [...]).
This second "crimance" ( blend of crime and romance) in Lucinda Brant's Alec Halsey Series comes as a surprising continuation of the first book. Ms Brant doesn't disappoint her readers, the fans of her brilliant historical fiction, and confirms her talent with this sequel to Alec `s and Selina's adventures.
This time we have more crime and mystery than love in the plot , however the few Alec/Selina moments are worth reading and enjoyed. Of course, the rest of the story-line is incredibly intriguing too and I found myself completely caught in Alec's efforts to solve the intricate mystery connected to the sudden death of Mr Blackwell.
In Deadly Affair you meet again some of the characters from the previous novel, like Tam, Uncle Plantagenet Halsey or Selina Jamison-Lewis, but there is also an entire gallery of new well-drawn characters animating the 18th century scenario and complicating Alec's never - ordinary life.
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This was my first time reading a Lucinda Brant book and I'm so happy I did!! It is a beautifully written Georgian Historical Mystery. It is the 2nd book in the Alec Hasley mystery series, but I ran across it first. Although I will absolutely be going back and reading the 1st in the series, this book can totally be read as a stand-alone. There's just enough back-story to help you understand what's going on, but not so much you get bogged down by it. There are a lot of characters to sort through, each with their own wonderful personality and possible reasons for murder...but don't worry I won't give that away! You'll want to find out for yourself, trust me!
Alec is a great character and everything you want in your hero! He is in love with Selina who has just told him they can't get married but since there has been a murder, his father attacked and a woman hidden away in the country and everyone seems to be involved in one way or another, Alec has no time to find out why she's changed her mind! His father Plantagenet and their valet Tam are wonderful characters also and I look forward to reading more about them.
I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out!!
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Brant doesn't disappoint with this second in the Alec Halsey novels. Her settings are gloriously rich and well-researched, the life of the Georgian nobility silkily realised on the page. The story flows at pace with Alec, Tam and Plant alternately holding centre stage. Brant has a particular skill in creating faceted secondary characters and its my hope she writes a book one day about Tam the valet/apothecary's apprentice. Halsey himself has a neat darkness that could be developed further in the future as well. I enjoy Brant's work, a worthy successor to Heyer and a recommended read and five stars.
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Another very enjoyable book that features Alec Halsey following his elevation to a Marquessate which of course he deserved. Once again, the book takes off at a dizzying speed relative to the various characters, leaving the reader wondering what in the hey some of the creepy folks will have to do with the story? At first, I was thinking - why are we spending time on these people and in fact some parts are a little boring but if you stick with the story, at some point one or two of the people you thought you weren't interested in reading about become some of the primacy focal points of the story.

For example, I could have cared less about the Duke of Cleveley and his underlings, but eventually I regretted not paying a bit more attention to those beginning parts and now plan to re-read some of the book. All the parts that seem to be a bit extraneous, especially in the beginning of these books serve to play a much bigger part toward the end of the story.

Since these are mystery/romance novels, I have no desire to spoil anything. Nevertheless, the reader may be assured that Alec's and Selina's reconciliation does make progress, plus there's a deeply hidden secondary romance which when revealed is dynomite! I had a bit of frustration with Selina and some of her wrong thinking, but thankfully Alec's not the same green boy who gave her up to be married to her brute of a husband. Instead, he almost seems a little too passive when she begins to put some distance between them. Rather, he gives her time and makes it clear that he wants her for a wife and proves his love by his fidelity to her while she gets her brain in order.

One of the secondary characters, Tam, has some great parts in this story.
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