The Counterfeit Guest

The Counterfeit Guest

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Book - 2009
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In this rousing sequel to The Blackstone Key, Rose Melikan's heroine returns to the world of espionage for an intelligent, thrilling adventure in Georgian England.

When the story begins Mary is a wealthy heiress. Young ladies in her situation ought to marry well--as her friend Susannah Armitage has. But is Susannah's marriage to Colonel Crosby-Nash all that it seems? Mary thinks not, and when her suspicions lead to a meeting with the elusive spymaster, Cuthbert Shy, he reveals the terrible truth--the colonel is a traitor. At Shy's request, Mary agrees to accompany the Crosby-Nashes to their country estate, in order to discover his secrets. It is a perilous assignment, and the danger increases when her only means of communicating with Shy is murderously cut off. If only Mary could contact the redoubtable Captain Robert Holland, but as he has inexplicably ended their friendship, his help seems out of reach.… In the grand tradition of Charlotte Bronte and Daphne du Maurier, Melikan presents a gripping tale of adventure and romance, while enhancing both with flawless details of time and place. The combination will keep readers holding their breath until the next explosive installment.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2009.
ISBN: 9781416560876
Branch Call Number: FICTION MEL


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Apr 27, 2017

I love this book. It's the 2nd in a trilogy taking place from 1795-1797, when England is at war with France, just before Napoloen. I like all of Melikan's characters, especially Mary, who is smart and clever, but still appropriate for her time. The main male lead, Robert Holland, is so different than most men in Regency/historical fiction because he's part of the Royal Artillery, not artsy or bookish in any way, and is quite poor (no Mr. Darcy, that's for sure, but I really like him). Some people don't like how much detail Melikan gets into, but I think it's so fascinating. There's a ton of stuff about the Warren in Woolwich where the Royal Artillery is based, anecdotes about India, details about historical dress ... everything any history buff would like. It's got a sweet and slow romance, but it's not the focus. I definitely recommend this book to people who like mysteries and historical fiction. I don't actually read very many mysteries, but this trilogy is on my shelf. "The Blackstone Key" is the first in the series.

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