Lady Emily Southwell and her three friends, Priscilla Tate and Daphne and Ariadne Courdebas, are determined that someday the world will speak in reverent tones of the year they made their debuts in London Society. Lady Emily is equally determined to take her rightful place among the famous artists of the Royal Society for the Beaux Arts. That is, until her longtime betrothed Lord Robert Townsend declares his intent to marry her and whisk her off into the countryside, immediately. What can the fellow be thinking! And why is handsome Bow Street Runner Jamie Cropper dogging Lord Robert's steps, and Emily's? It's up to Lady Emily to use her art to uncover artifice and discover whether Lord Robert has something more up his sleeve than a nicely muscled arm. Along the way, a duke's daughter might just form a perilous passion for a most unlikely suitor. This clean romantic mystery set in the Regency period features kisses only.
Here's what others are saying about a previous version of the story:
"A charming, expertly crafted traditional Regency romance."--The Chicago Tribune
"I really just cannot get over how good this book is! I urge you all to scurry to your closest book provider and pick up a copy as it is . . . AMAZING!!!" Awarded the site's Gold Star for Excellence and a place in the Hall of Fame!--Teens Read Too
"I loved the mystery and romance in this novel! I was hooked from the first page to the last, and the best part was, this book was not overly obvious, so I was right there with Emily and her friends as they tried to solve the mystery surrounding Lord Robert!" Awarded 9.92 out of 10--The Book Vault
"Who are you?" Emily demanded, striding into the room. "What are you doing here?"
He offered her a bow, cap squashed in one hand. "Good evening, Lady Emily."
He knew her name? She was certain she'd never met him before. She'd have remembered those broad shoulders, that confident air. His hair was the color of the sunset on a stormy day -- red and gold and brown blending in wild disarray, and his eyes were the gray of the storm. But his smile, well, his smile was positively wicked.
"Answer the question, if you please," Emily said, forcing her mind to the moment. "What are you doing in my home? Who let you in?"
He shrugged, a ripple of muscle under his brown coat. "Your footmen are far too busy to attend to me."
Emily gasped. "You sneaked in! Thief!" Small wonder she hadn't recognized him. She did not make a habit of associating with thieves. Nor did she fear them. One shout, one cry, and a small army would attend her.
"Oh, there are thieves in London, all right," he agreed, as if singularly unconcerned about capture. He waved a hand to encompass the room. "You'd better watch out, or you'll lose one of these fine paintings."
What fine paintings? His Grace had any number of wonderful pieces from ages past, as well as some truly horrid portraits of their ancestors. She wasn't sure which he had ordered brought to London to decorate the townhouse.
But as she looked around the room, she recognized each painting as hers. The Battle of Salamanca hung over the fire, The Battle of Hastings was against the far wall, and The Battle of the Nile was to her right. It had been one of her first, when she hadn't quite mastered perspective. The British and French ships were all jumbled. He could not be much of a thief if he thought it fine art.
So who exactly was he?
About the Author
Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency romance novellas ("The June Bride Conspiracy" in His Blushing Bride, "Sweeter Than Candy" in A Match for Mother, and "A Place by the Fire" in Mistletoe Kittens), which are now featured in electronic book form as Be My Bride. Her novels have been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese; and Lord Borin's Secret Love and The Rake's Redemption have been issued in hardcover, large print editions. Many of her works are also available as electronic books through Belgrave House's Regency Reads line or as self-published works, such as Perfection.
Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in southeast Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born in 1959 and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally--both her parents were excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician, now retired. Her mother envisioned the plot for "Sweeter Than Candy," the novella which was written as a tribute to her.
Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fantastic Book I've never been a big fan of Recency Romance, but after reading a few pages of the first chapter of Art and Artifice, I was hooked. Regina Scott's book had changed my mind. The characters were well-written with each having their own unique personalities. I enjoyed the mystery, romance and humor in this book. Art and Artifice is the second book in The Lady Emily Capers series. I did not read the first book, so you could read this as a stand-alone book. Since the second book is so great, I want to read the first book. You may want to read the first book before the second. Art and Artifice is a fantastic book and a clean book. I definitely recommend reading this book and looking forward to book three of The Lady Emily Capers series. I received a complimentary pdf version of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is 100% my opinion.
Lady Emily's Mystery The second book in the Lady Emily Capers has the title character as the focus, her investigative skills in use to solve her own mystery as she fights to choose the path of her own life. Again in this story, the Regency detail is outstanding, and I loved the appearance of conduct and etiquette books and that some of the Prince Regent’s excesses are mentioned. New to me, but fascinating, is an art society specifically for aristocracy, and while I have heard of them before, the Bow Street Runners gained some substance in my mind. Reading this book made me want to learn more about these topics—I enjoy it when a fictional book leads to a desire to study the reality of the time period. The romance has a bit of an ironic twist in this novel—even a woman who has all of the advantages of wealth and privilege still cannot marry for love: her hands are tied almost as firmly as a poor character who needs to save the family fortunes through marriage. Lady Emily is an interesting character in many respects. Her art is unfeminine in many minds because of its subject matter, yet she places so much of herself in each painting. She wants to create art that has worth and emotional impact, yet she shies away from emotion herself in many instances. Her spunk and tenacity as she solves the mysteries she encounters are almost modern even as she is forced to live in a world where women are limited in their options and spheres. She is a complicated character with depth and much to be discovered, by the reader and her hero. I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series. While not necessary to understand this novel, I would recommend reading the Lady Emily Capers from the beginning; it is rather like visiting old friends and learning things about them previously unknown but entirely delightful. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
Art and Artifice is an entertaining tale! When they encounter a villain, Lady Emily and her friends work together to prove his duplicity. Humor, mystery, and romance abound, and Art and Artifice leaves me anticipating the next installment in this charming series. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Art and Artifice is the second book in the Lady Emily Capers, however, it can be read and enjoyed without having read book one. I actually enjoyed book one, Secrets and Sensibilities, a bit more than this book, however, Art and Artifice has plenty to recommend it! It contains some romance, witty humor, a dashingly smooth villain, and a light mystery to solve. I definitely enjoyed the second installment in this series. It was fun to connect with Emily, Priscilla, Daphne, and Ariadne once again and be able to read the fun banter that flows between them. I did feel that the ending left things a bit open ended in preparation for book three, so I would recommend having book three, Ballrooms and Blackmail, available to read immediately upon finishing this book. These are clean and sweet regency titles. I look forward to continuing to read this fun series with the next title soon. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Art And Artifice by Regina Scott Lady Emily Capers Series Book Two In the first book; Secrets and Sensibilities, four young women go with their chaperone to Brentfield Manor and end up with a mystery on their hands. Now the girls; Lady Emily Southwell, Priscilla Tate, Daphne and Ariadne Courdebas are back in London for their first Season. Lady Emily Southwell is the daughter of a duke. It may sound all good and well but there are some negatives as well. Emily finds she is engaged to a man she barely knows and he doesn't want to wait to marry. His Grace, her father, thinks it a perfect match and is unbendable. Emily and her friends don their spy caps once again to find some dirt on her betrothed. James “Jamie” Cropper is a Bow Street Runner. As such, he knows that he could never court and no less marry a duke's daughter. But he can save her from an unwanted marriage. He suspects her betrothed of no good, but has yet to prove it. Or is it just something personal from his past that wants to find Lord Robert guilty? Mystery, humor, and romance in one book. I've enjoyed these first two books in this series and look forward to reading the rest of this series. **Parts of this book previously published as La Petite Four by Penguin Razorbill
Only wish the ending hadn't left me hanging...