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Deadly Engagement: A Georgian Historical Mystery
     

Deadly Engagement: A Georgian Historical Mystery

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by Lucinda Brant
 

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It's 1763. Career diplomat Alec Halsey returns to London and the shocking news his estranged elder brother, the Earl of Delvin, has not only killed his friend in a duel but become engaged to the woman he had hoped to marry. To learn more about the suspect duel, Alec reluctantly attends a weekend house party to celebrate his brother's engagement. House guests get more

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It's 1763. Career diplomat Alec Halsey returns to London and the shocking news his estranged elder brother, the Earl of Delvin, has not only killed his friend in a duel but become engaged to the woman he had hoped to marry. To learn more about the suspect duel, Alec reluctantly attends a weekend house party to celebrate his brother's engagement. House guests get more than they bargained for when a lady's maid is murdered, the bride-to-be attacked, and a guest is shot dead. Alec uncovers a connection between these sinister acts and his brother's duel. He must also confront a cruel twist of fate that explains why his brother loathes him and will go to any lengths to discredit him in Polite Society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780987243041
Publisher:
Sprigleaf
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Deadly Engagement 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because a previous reviewer suggested it would appeal to readers that enjoyed the Julian Kestral novels of Kate Ross and the St. Cyr mysteries of C.S. Harris. I have to say that I totally agree. I wish this author would give us another historical mystery.
Quillion More than 1 year ago
A page turner style that is hard to put down. Ms Brant delivers a fast-paced mystery with historical detail that does not overwhelm the story. Interwoven with the mystery is the amateur sleuth Alec Halsey's private life woes - a brother who hates him, and the woman he loves is a single-minded widow who can hold her own. The secondary characters are strong and add to the story. Uncle Plantagenet is a stand out. There is plenty of drama, a mystery to unravel and all tempered with wit and great dialogue. Can't wait for the sequel!
dusktodawn More than 1 year ago
Reads like an updated classic. Sophisticated style but easy to read. Wonderful dialog, wit, and historical detail. A page-turner. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Now I'm a Lucinda Brant fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based on a review that said it was similar to the Sebastian St. Cyr series, Maisee Dobbs, etc. I enjoy historical mysteries and don't mind a little romance thrown in. This book, however, read more like a romance, and a bad one at that. There is no similarity to the aforementioned series. The writing and story line were both banal and predictable. I will not be buying the second one in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, enjoyable read... A friend recommended this book.  As we have completely different taste in our reading materials, I really wasn't sure. I'm glad I decided to give it a try.  I stayed up late reading just so I could finish it.  Absolutely enjoyable.
tip54 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I don't usually like mystery but I could't stop after I picked it up.
Midniteiz99 6 months ago
"Deadly Engagement, an Alex Halsey story” Book 2 I must give Alex Wyndham 5 stars for his brilliant narration of another of Lucinda Brandt's 5 star creative novels. Alex Halsey has been a favored character of mine for quite some time so naturally, I thoroughly enjoyed the continuation of his riveting adventures in book two of this mystery series. The characters are so well thought out and written, that you easily become pulled into the story and feel like you are but a spectator watching their lives unfold from the sidelines. Mr. Wyndham's exceptional talents bring each individual character to life for the listener's pleasure. Since such an awesome partnership exists between Mr. Wyndham and Lucinda Brandt, the reader/listener really reaps the rewards of their combined efforts. I would easily recommend any of Lucinda Brandt's books, however, my personal favorite is to listen to the audio version of her books whenever possible.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite Deadly Engagement by Lucinda Brant is the first book of the Alec Halsey Mystery series. Set in the 1700s, Alec Halsey returns to London only to find that his brother is engaged to the woman he loves, and a dear friend is dead under mysterious circumstances. During his brother's engagement party, events take a turn for the worst with murder, assault, and family secrets uncovered. This is not a book for the faint of heart, or for readers who expect everyone to behave with high ethics, and that sex is something only discussed in the bedroom between spouses. On the outside, the life of a member of the gentry is ideal, but Lucinda Brant goes beyond appearances and digs deep into the sordid secrets that people through the ages have always sought to keep hidden. In Deadly Engagement, Brant delves into the family dynamics and social niceties while setting up and resolving a series of crimes that are intricately entwined and liberally dosed with romance. I have nothing but good things to say about Deadly Engagement. The superior plot and expert characterization was professionally performed by Alex Wyndham, whose vocal talents allowed me to stay engrossed in the history-enriched era. I was reminded of my youth when I inhaled historical romances and books of intrigue as if they were air. I challenge anyone to read this first book of the Alec Halsey Mystery series and not crave more from the handsome Alec Halsey with his high sense of morals, dark good looks, and divine analytical mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, filled with some great characters and a well-thought out mystery. The historical detail is fantastic and I very much enjoyed that. However, there were obvious contrivances that irked me, and the constant switching back and forth between point of views made me want to horsewhip the editor. It was very distracting. Seriously--there were two or three switches between POVs in almost every scene involving more than three people. I paid a discount price for this book, and I'm glad I did. I don't know that I would have been happy if I'd paid the full price.
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The first half of this is pure soap opera with no mystery, and a bad soap opera at that. The mystery picks up in the second half, but it is not particularly interesting. Most of the characters are unlikable. I do not recommend this at all for anyone looking for a good mystery. There is a lot of talk about sex but no detailed descriptions, though there is a lot of innuendo, undressing, bare breasts, and preparation for sex described. There is rampant promiscuity, adultery, love triangles, attempted rape, gay prostitution, spousal abuse, and violent deaths. I'm far from a prude, but there was so much depravity, I nearly gagged. JB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 675 page (Nook scanning skips on page count) free very well-written Georgian romance book of a young diplomat returned to England to find his brother the Earl has once again stepped into his plans of romance. A tale of past and future romances interrupted, and an engagement house party that turns vicious and murderous. Joy, angst, treachery, mystery, murder, deceit, humor and sex. Five excerpts of future and past books included.
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Well written. Vivid descriptions. A good plot. Loved it! Highly rec. especially if you also like the St Cyr mysteries.
LadyKae More than 1 year ago
While it's certainly no Ashley Gardner novel, the plot isn't bad and the characters are entertaining. The dialogue was often distracting since the modern use of contractions and words such as "ain't" by the upper echelons of the aristocracy was used frequently. I also felt as if the book moved at a very fast pace without introducing many of the characters (suddenly Sir Cosmo is on the scene and the author is writing about him as if he's been there all along). The story also seemed to end quite abruptly. That said, the plot was enjoyable, characters humorous and it was a fun, quick story. If you're looking for a more sophisticated, believable historical fiction novel, check out the Captain Lacey series by the before mentioned Gardner.
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