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A Family Affair
Liberty Lane series No 3
Caro Peabody

Harper Collins
June 2010/ ISBN 9780061447495
Historical Mystery /England 1839

Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer

Liberty Lane maintains a low profile as a music instructor, but she makes her living as a private investigator using her talents to solve problems and putting pieces of human puzzles together, especially those too delicate to go to the police.

Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister to Queen Victoria, wishes Liberty to investigate Lady Sophia Brinkburn who is spreading word that her eldest son is illegitimate. As her mad husband is near death, succession of the family title is in question. He finds the lady's motives puzzling. Liberty is to investigate. A family retainer is murdered; one brother disappears. Liberty must uncover the buried family secrets to solve the case.

This is the third of the historical mysteries featuring the plucky intelligent Liberty Lane. It is enjoyable with a deft plot and proceeds at a crisp pace. The reader is given a brief glimpse of 1830's Britain from the gentry's craze for jousting to the new railway system. It’s highly recommended for a few relaxing and rewarding hours reading. Don't miss the previous books: A Dangerous Affair (UK: Death of a Dancer) and A Foreign Affair (UK: Death at Dawn).

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