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A Dangerous Affair

A Dangerous Affair

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by Caro Peacock

Caro Peacock, the acclaimed author of A Foreign Affair, once again ingeniously blends history, suspense, and adventure and returns an endearing and exceptional heroine to the fictional fold.

In Victoria's England, there are perilous intrigues a proper young lady would do well to avoid . . .

Liberty Lane, still in her early

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Dangerous Affair 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ifletty More than 1 year ago
The Dangerous Affair, aka Death of a Dancer, by Caro Peacock. This is book two in the Liberty Lane series, it is even better than the first. I believe one of the reasons for this is that I am invested in the characters. Back from book one is Benjamin Disraeli, Liberty’s dear friends Daniel Suter the musician, and Amos Legg the groom, also Mrs. Martley who is acting as housekeeper, (as if she could afford one) and chaperone, (as if she needs one) for Liberty, as she has taken up residence in London, eeking out a living teaching music to the upper class students in Mayfair. Liberty’s discretion and help in thwarting the treasonous plot in book one, has brought her to the attention of Mr. Disraeli. Whom after seeing Liberty in action, has decided that she is a person who could be of use to and up and coming man like him. Liberty has found a little place for herself and for Mrs. Martley off Adam’s mews near Hyde Park, also near the stables where her beloved horse Rancie is housed and where Amos has found employment. But music lessons don’t pay much, and with two mouths to feed, and a horse to keep, Liberty is forced to make some hard decisions. Disraeli comes to her to offer her a commission. There is a fading dancer who is a possible threat, to whom Disraeli declines to say. He asks her to use her theater contacts to find out if Columbine is a treat to “his friends,” She needs the money so she agrees to find out what she can. The dancer is murdered and a young dancer accused, and Liberty finds herself pulled into the investigation much more dangerous and dire than she could have imagined, a life is at stake and her best friends happiness depends on her finding the truth. Again Caro Peacock really takes you there; this is one of the things I find I like best in these books how she brings London and the time period to life. All the little details that tell me that Ms. Peacock has done her research, and knows this time period very very well. I was completely absorbed and was glad I had books three and four on hand. 5 star
omnivoreRS More than 1 year ago
The characters are interesting and the historical details give this novel some special interest. There is not, however, much content beyond a fairly ordinary plot to give book substance. It does not seem to have much to say.
Succinct_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Set in early Victorian London, this story focuses on Liberty Lane's efforts to solve the murder of a dancer named Columbine, after a young lady named Jenny Jarvis is falsely sentenced to death for the crime. "A Dangerous Affair" is the sequel to "A Foreign Affair"- which I have not read. I think if I had read the first book, my rating for this book would be higher. The story line could be interesting to those familiar with the main character Liberty Lane. However, for someone reading this book without having read the first book, the story can drag on a bit, because the author focuses on Liberty's life and investigative skills, but does not develop Jenny's character enough for the reader to "care" about her fate. The storyline could have worked if the author would have developed the other characters a bit more.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In his thirties recently elected to Parliament,¿watch dog¿ Benjamin Disraeli offers Liberty Lane a fee to spy on dancer Columbine, whose disreputable behavior could lead to a nasty highly publicized scandal. Needing the money, Liberty reluctantly agrees. However, someone poisons Columbine with the London police leaning towards rival dancer Jenny as the prime suspect as she and the deceased had a public dispute.

Liberty thinks otherwise, but there is mounting pressure to execute Jenny, already convicted by the public, the media, and the cops, for the murder. To prevent a double injustice of the wrong person being hung while the real killer is free, Liberty investigates ably assisted by Amos the groom. They begin to unravel a series of murky deceptions in which the influential and the downtrodden are tied together in secrecy.

The sequel to A FOREIGN AFFAIR is a terrific early Victorian whodunit that uses real historical persons to anchor time and place. Liberty is an intelligent sleuth and her sidekick Amos serves as a sort of Watson. The mystery is cleverly devised with fabulous plausible spins and misdirections as Caro peacock furbishes an entertaining early nineteenth century investigative tale.

Harriet Klausner