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Fool’s Gold
Liberty Lane Series – Book VIII
Caro Peacock

Severn House
1 May 2017/ ASIN: B06XWW2GN8
Mystery/Historical

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

 

Liberty and her new husband, Robert, are honeymooning in the Greek islands on a borrowed yacht. Their final stop is Cephalonia, where they stay with the eccentric Matthew Vickery and meet his protégé, the beautiful blind boy, Georgios, who is the purported son of the late Lord Byron. It is Vickery’s plan to return to his home in Muswell Hill and introduce “George” to society, where he will take his rightful place as the son of his illustrious father. But while on Cephalonia, another guest is murdered, and once back home, Liberty soon receives word that Vickery wants to hire her as a detective.

I have enjoyed all the books in this series, and this latest entry is no exception. It is always a treat to read about something a bit different, and the combination of the year, 1841, and opening chapters in Greece get the book off to a great start. Liberty herself is not that unusual, as many historical novels feature bold women ploughing a lonely furrow in a male profession, but there are many things about her that are less usual. She manages almost to fit into many strata of society, and despite her lack of funds and unconventional upbringing, she is almost a lady. Now she has married above her station, although Robert is away in Italy for all but the honeymoon. So she is back in her old home and working with Tabby and Amos.

To say much about the plot would spoil the surprises, but this is another page turner where there is always something interesting happening. The background of early Victorian London and environs has the ring of authenticity, and I look forward to the next in the series, which will hopefully involve Robert as a fellow sleuth. This is a series well worth reading for fans of historical mysteries, but start at the beginning for the maximum enjoyment.

Reviewed 2017
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