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The Masterful Mr. Montague: A Casebook of Barnaby Adair Novel
     

The Masterful Mr. Montague: A Casebook of Barnaby Adair Novel

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by Stephanie Laurens
 

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens pulls back the curtain on a world that has been hidden from us . . . until now.

Montague has devoted his life to managing the wealth of London’s elite, but at a huge cost: a family of his own. Then the enticing Miss Violet Matcham seeks his help, and in the puzzle she presents him, he

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens pulls back the curtain on a world that has been hidden from us . . . until now.

Montague has devoted his life to managing the wealth of London’s elite, but at a huge cost: a family of his own. Then the enticing Miss Violet Matcham seeks his help, and in the puzzle she presents him, he finds an intriguing new challenge professionally . . . and personally.

Violet, devoted lady-companion to the aging Lady Halstead, turns to Montague to reassure her ladyship that her affairs are in order. But the famous Montague is not at all what she’d expected—this man is compelling, decisive, supportive, and strong—everything Violet needs in a champion, a position to which Montague rapidly lays claim.

But then Lady Halstead is murdered and Violet and Montague, aided by Barnaby Adair, Inspector Stokes, Penelope, and Griselda, race to expose a cunning and cold-blooded killer who stalks closer and closer. Will Montague and Violet learn the shocking truth too late to seize their chance at enduring love?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062066299
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Series:
Casebook of Barnaby Adair , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
59,792
File size:
851 KB

Meet the Author

#1 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. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors.

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The Masterful Mr. Montague: A Casebook of Barnaby Adair Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Montague is a financial genius who has realized that there is more to life than work, and that work is now getting a bit dull, but he hasn't figured out what to do about it until he meets Violet. Both are lonely, and instantly attracted to each other. Then, Violet's employer is murdered over some mysterious deposits in her accounts, and Montague calls in a favor to have the Adairs and Stokes couples work the case. I have mixed emotions about the book. It definitely isn't Laurens' best. The murder plot is similar enough to many of her other murder plots, that I guessed the murderer within a chapter or two of it happening. Plus, there was too much focus on the Adairs and Stokes, and she put the Adairs in bed quite a bit. I loved being with those couples again, but it took away too much from Violet and Montague. Also, the writing really needed work in some spots because it was so sickeningly sweet and understanding whenever the couples came to any emotional revelation, that is wasn't believable and made me think "who the heck would talk like this?" several times. On the plus side, I did really like the characters of Montague and Violet. I have always liked Montague, so it was good to see the happy ending for him. I also like that, for once, both sides were on the same page. It was refreshing to read a story where they realized things around the same time and weren't that shy about starting to make plans together. It's a good book for a rainy day, but I don't think it'll be one of the ones that gets read several times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really wish I had read the reviews before wasting money on this book. It was very poorly written. As a newcomer to this the story of Adair and Stokes, I was supremely disappointed in how time the author choose to give to these characters, instead of developing the romance between Violet and Montague. Furthermore, the times that the characters do engage in any sort of sexual activity, the way author treats those scenes is highly disappointing. There is no sense of any grand passion. I for one will never understand how Violet and Montage fell in love with one another. HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED!!!!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Huge Stephanie Laurens fan, but agree with writer who said there was too much attention to the Adairs and not enough to Montague and Violet. I did not see the need for so many bedroom scenes with Barnaby and Penelope. Meanwhile, Montague and Violet had very little time together and, as another reviewer said, Montague is a marvelous character but we don't really get to know him very well here. I do enjoy Laurens books, but this is definitely not her best. I am holding out hope for Loving Rose, since Malcolm Sinclair has skulked around several prior books and the sample chapter was intriguing. But we may have to wait for her to move into her Victorian Cynster stories before she hits her stride again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just kept wondering when these two were going to have some time together, and they never did.  How they had time to fall in love I'll never know
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read almost all of Stephanie Laurens' books and love the characters.  But I was disappointed because Montague and Violet's relationship was not developed.  The book could be titled, "The Adventures of Barnaby Adair and Friends" in which Montague is a support character.  I think it was a disservice to Montague because he should have been something more...if he had to work with people like the Cynsters, he should be more of a character than a lonely man realizing that he was missing something in life.  The mystery was ok because the twist in in the financials, but took away from the main story line.  If the future Barnaby Adair case books are like this, I think I wait the series out until Ms. Laurens  delivers another series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was twice as long as the story warrented. Also too much attention was given to the Adairs and Stokes. I ended up skimming through much of the book because it just didn't move forward fast enough. Over all a disappointment for a Stephanie Laurens book.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I am an absolute fan of Stephanie Laurens but she dropped the ball on this book. I was so looking forward to Montague's story but instead just another case for Adair & Stokes. Truthfully, I am not sure that I will read another Case of Barnaby Adair book. They just dont measure up to her other works.
Travelover More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Montague who floated thru so many of Laurens' books, and I was looking forward to his romance.  I do love Violet, and I think she is perfect for him.  There's was a very sweet romance - two lonely people who had waited so long to find the right person.  BUT I felt a bit cheated as their ONLY "love scene" was at the very end of the book, and we just had afterglow!  In fact with 3 very different and exciting couples throughout the story - the only ones to repeatedly have full love scenes were the Adairs.  I do, hope in the next book we see the other two couples have hot and sweaty sex!  I think the premise of the 3 couples forming an alliance to hunt criminals is a very good one as they all bring something special to their investigations.  I'm hoping we'll get to see more of the characters from the other novels - the Bastion Club members (including my favorite, Royce, the Duke of Wolverstone) and the Bar Cynster.  I also want to mention, Ms. Laurens has one of the best vocabularies in her field, and with her descriptions I'm able to visualize parts of London, the history and classes.  I did enjoy the book, but I want MORE of Montague and Violet. 
Got_Romance_Reviews More than 1 year ago
First I want to say I am a huge Stephanie Laurens fan. Fell in love with the Cynsters years ago.  That said, this is not your typical SL book.  When I first started reading it I was confused, where was the love story with Montague and Violet? Wait, why are we in the bedroom of the other two characters, and in their head. None of this fit the usual style. If you have read SL’s books you have seen Penelope in a few other books and her story with Adair has already been told in the previous book, Where the Heart Leads, and although I love to catch up with past characters, I do not need to be in their bedroom again. We have seen it and been there; we know their love story...I digress.  I was confused enough to finally go to Ms. Laurens website where it states The Masterful Mr. Montague is a mystery with romantic elements. AHHHHHH well that's a horse of a different color isn’t it. So now that I am not expecting the typical SL romance I can get down to the mystery. And this is a mystery, in fact it's one of many and it appears that they will now include this whole group solving them. I have to say I didn’t guess who did it although there were times when I suspected. The story is good and I actually skimmed over the love scenes when they came (see above for why). My biggest complaint about the book is that the love story is shoved into the last few pages of the book and it is not given the time and the space these two characters deserve. I enjoyed these two very much and want to know more about them.  Although I love the book, because the publisher is selling it as a romance I can't give it a 5, but because SL does explain on her website that it's a mystery with romantic themes it redeems the book back to a 4.
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Super disappointed in this book. I've always liked Montague and I really liked Violet's character - their romance had a lot of untapped potential. I was surprised she gave so much time to the Adairs and the Stokes and so little time to developing the relationship between Montague and Violet. It felt like she was bored with this couple and that really came across in the writing. The "mystery" element and "detective/investigative" nature doesn't even come across for me because they are actually terrible investigators - they focused a lot on interrogating suspects without fully questioning the household staff and getting a background; Stokes/Barnaby make a horrible (and foolish) judgment call and it nearly gets someone killed; there are no precautions taken following the first two murders for other potential victims; they - incorrectly - assume the killer is someone else not once but twice on flimsy reasoning; the women repeatedly make foolish decisions and put themselves in danger and the men never call them on that. Additionally, the principle victim that kicks the mystery off is characterized as a wonderful, kind-hearted soul when in fact she's a horrible, borderline abusive due to neglect parent. I don't even know how many pages are wasted because the investigators get together to review all the facts that they know and each of these facts are repeated over and over. And as a previous poster said - the prose and the grand heart-felt speeches are ridiculous. Honestly, at about mid-way through the book I began to seriously question whether SL wrote this or if she had a ghost writer, because this just isn't her version of story-telling. There's some repeated habits and habitual factors present that are hallmarks of SL, but overall I have a hard time believing the same author who wrote Captain Jack's Woman, Devil's Bride, A Rogue's Proposal, etc wrote this book.
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While revisiting known characters, SL could have focused more on Montague given more depth to his relationship with Violet..
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Enjoyed the way we caught up with previous people yet the new story had a surprise ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a hugh fan of SL but am very disappointed that she didnt allow the story of Montague to stand on its own. Shes been slowly introducing him to us in her other works over the years but did not allow for full character development. I hate that the Stokes and Adairs played such prominate roles in the story and that there were so many love scenses with them, when she should have been moving along Montagues story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Faithful readers of Stephanie Laurens will particularly enjoy the reappearance of characters in this series. The story works standalone too. As far as I know, I have read every story released by Stephanie Laurens and consider her one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We finally get to learn more about the financial wizard of the Cynster family. I had a hard time doing anything but read this book. Ms Laurens succeded again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, a book that features Mr. Montague, who has been in almost every Cynster Novel to date. I absolutely loved this book. Loved getting to know Montague as a person, see his interaction with Barnaby, Penelope, Stokes and Griselda, his blossoming love for Violet. Watching the three couples learn to work together to solve the mysteries, to watch this partnership take hold, blossom and bloom. What fun to realize that this isn't the last that we will see these three couples work together.
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Walked in with straight blond hair and 40DDsized boobs and a dripping vagina.
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