I enjoyed these two very much and want to know more about them. I'm probably reacting a bit more than normal as I recently had the opportunit to listen to the first book in the series Where the Heart Leads which was narrated by Simon Prebble sadly not offered by Audible. And not just any woman. Is there anything you would change about this book? How they fell in love was beyond me. Even marry a ruthless rake who takes what he wants in business and pleasure. To the rest of the world, he's aloof and untouchable, a respected and driven entrepreneur. Barnaby and Penelope are of course still happily married, but there was repeated insight into their relationship, into their fairly straightforward efforts to find a work-life balance while solving crimes.
The players: Constance and Cynthia, sisters by marriage and Carolyn daughter of Constance. The affected drawl this narrator used had no resemblance to the character who was so entertaining in several other of Laurens' books. I enjoyed seeing the way that Montague and his people worked to follow the money. But lately, he's been a bit bored with numbers. Will Montague and Violet learn the shocking truth too late to seize their chance at enduring love? I enjoyed reading it to myself more than listening to it. Not a romance novel, which I did not know going in. Laurens books at least twice, often more What was one of the most memorable moments of The Masterful Mr.
He joined her in her laughter and his smile became manifest, his face creasing in a way that made him seem years younger than the midforties she guessed he must be. I do give credit to the audio narrator, Napoleon Ryan. I do not consider this a romance. I keep having flashbacks to the Scarlet Pimpernel movie with Anthony Andrews and how he portrayed Percy Blakeny as the bored darling of society. Lauren 's stories but this one is ruined by mr. The mystery is a little complex and I confess to having to slow down and re-read a passage or two along the way.
Then the enticing Miss Violet Matcham seeks his help, and in the puzzle she presents him, he finds an intriguing new challenge professionally. Numbers—especially numbers that represented sums of money—held a near-hypnotic appeal; quite aside from being his bread and butter, they were his passion. Not a book I'd recommend. Then I would have known most of the story was actually about the murder. Montague has devoted his life to managing the wealth of London s elite but at a huge cost: a family of his own.
Violet, devoted lady-companion to the aging Lady Halstead, turns to Montague to reassure her ladyship that her affairs are in order. Anyhoo, Violet Matcham is there at the behest of her employer. The example of the Adair and Stokes relationships gave Montague a good idea of how to treat Violet. Montague About the Author New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. I don't mean to make fun of that basic premise of many romances, but I always count on Stephanie Laurens to give me a good mystery to keep the storyline interesting.
There was an interesting twist about two-thirds of the way through the book that added another layer to work through. That, I liked because of my recent read of the fifth Bastion Club novel, where the heroine of that novel had founded the agency. In fact, I thought most of the book would be taken up with Violet and Heathcote investigating together. Repeat several times, changing the order slightly. Penniless and orphaned, she sets off for London to make her fortune as a man. In the early beginning, I thought the story was going to be a romance with a mystery solved amongst the two main characters: Violet and Montague. We have seen it and been there; we know their love story.
The ending was pretty intense, as Violet managed to walk right into danger. Trying to guess what the income was for was kind of fun I was closer to the mark than I thought I'd be , and tho Act 2 of the mystery kind of came out of left field, I appreciated the complication. I do give credit to the audio narrator, Napoleon Ryan. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Managing investments with consummate skill and knowing the ins and outs of money in all its varied forms were now synonymous with his name. One is with Scotland Yard.
It would have to be a book I really wanted to listen to. Thus they and the social circles in which they move are somewhat different to those we've seen in the past and this made a pleasant change. Not the usual Stephanie Laurens book at all. That, sir, is not the problem. They love was sweet, but not too syrupy sweet for me. The example of the Adair and Stokes relationships gave Montague a good idea of how to treat Violet.