A Family Affair: A Novel

A Family Affair: A Novel

by Caro Peacock
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A Family Affair: A Novel by Caro Peacock

“Peacock has a wonderful grasp of Victorian society, and helps bring it to life through her well written and entertaining young Liberty.”
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Plucky Victorian spy Liberty Lane is back in A Family Affair. Caro Peacock, acclaimed author of A Foreign Affair and A Dangerous Affair, once again ingeniously blends history, suspense, and adventure as she embroils her endearing and exceptional heroine in a strange case of questionable heritages, scandalous secrets, and deadly rivalries among the British nobility. Fans of Deanna Raybourne and Jacqueline Winspear are sure to agree: A Family Affair is an affair to remember.

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ISBN-13: 9780061447495
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
In 1839 known as Victoria's England a woman was still consider part of a man's personal possessions. However, there were women of distinction who made their own way in life alone despite the whispers, rumors and poor treatment by others. Miss Liberty Lane was one such woman while keeping a low profile as a music instructor she also made a descent living as a Private Investigator by using a talent she possessed to solve problems and put pieces of human puzzled lives together especially those too delicate to go to the police. Liberty's latest case is a strange one indeed and is creating quite the stir with proper London society as it involves one of society's own families. She is hired to determine the true heir to the Brinkburn estate. Is it Stephen the eldest son and most like his father or Miles the one beloved by his mother? With their father dying, their mother claiming that Stephen is illegitimate Liberty must determine what is fact from fiction, truth from lies and motherly love from female vengeance. Along the way an unexpected issue shows up in the form of a murdered man encased in a crate holding the family armor. This was not a trick or accidental occurrence but a man who worked as a valet viciously murdered for no apparent reason.or was there? The deceased man it turns out was a family servant for the elder Brinkburn with more enemies and few friends. But what could have happened to cause this turn of events, well the search for those answers and many more lie on Liberty's shoulders. Liberty goes to the apparent source of the rumors, innuendos and fabricated stories Sophia Brinkburn wife and mother to the Brinkburn men. She has raised the legitimacy question and Liberty knows she is the only one that can answer it. So off Liberty goes with her "maid" a flea ridden street urchin she decides to clean up and save. Yet the more she uncovers the less she knows and with only limited resources Liberty does her best to solve the mysteries one at a time. The longer she stays with Lady Brinkburn the more she knows that there are few people to trust and more information being kept from her than revealed. This book may start slow for some readers but the reason for that is to lay out the details carefully and set the stage for each adventure Liberty is taken on. You see the world through her eyes and discover a life that is expanding and a world that is awakening to a new life with the revolution of the locomotive train creating a new way to give the appearance that you are in two places at the same time. Keep reading to get the full depth of the Liberty's character and enjoy how well rounded she has been written and developed. Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer located at www.marygramlich.com
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1839 Conservative MP Benjamin Disraeli asks private sleuth Liberty Lane for some assistance. He wants to hire her to investigate the claims of Lady Sophia Brinkburn. The aristocratic lady's husband is dying while she insists the heir to the Brinkburn title Stephen is illegitimate so cannot claim the estate; if true the younger brother Miles will inherit all. Lane goes undercover, renting a cottage near the Brinkburn estate. She meets Lady Brinkburn, but is stunned as the woman is amiable and obviously mentally competent. Thus the motive to destroy her family's reputation including her own with this scandal remains out of reach. However, the situation takes an odd twist when someone appears to have murdered the family retainer and Lady Brinkburn. The latest Lane historical mystery (see A Foreign Affair and A Dangerous Affair) is an enjoyable brisk thriller that starts off with a jousting between the Brinkburn siblings and never slows down. Even with the fast pace and a delightful surprising twist, readers also obtain a deep look at the early Victorian era when mass transportation changes society. However, this strong nineteenth century thriller belongs to Ms. Lane who's in her top sleuthing form as her inquiry turns from legitimacy to homicide. Harriet Klausner