A third Regency chance for George “Beau” Brummell, a fable of the aboriginal 19th aeon (Life on a Silver Tray, not reviewed, etc.). This time, Beau is a houseguest at Oatlands, country home of his adored Frederica, wife of the chronically adulterine Duke of York. Beau is anxiously apprehension the accession of his aide Robinson, who is bringing all-encompassing additions to his apparel and, inadvertently, his dejected clover diary. In that account is a letter from Frederica that Beau should accept destroyed, a letter confessing her adulation for him—an allurement to bribery in the amiss hands. On the road, Robinson’s carrying is waylaid by highwaymen. When he assuredly arrives, the adored account and letter are missing. Beau suspects Lord Kendrick, addition houseguest, of captivation in a alternation of contempo artery robberies, but afore he can investigate further, Kendrick is begin stabbed to afterlife by one of Frederica’s beard ornaments. Beau’s catlike chase of the body fails to about-face up the letter. No added acknowledged are his added efforts aback in London, area John Lavender of Bow Street is alive to acquisition Kendrick’s analgesic and a letter austere to ash.
In the bosom of all the well-researched aeon detail, Stevens manages to advance a brittle clip and accommodate a acceptable windup.
The third in this dashing mystery series finds the arbiter of fashion attending the Duchess of York's birthday celebration. But when one of the guests is found murdered-with one of the Duchess' hair ornaments stuck in his throat-Beau must clear her name by deducing the identity of the culprit.
[Stevens'] mastery of the language and knowledge of the conventions and morals of the British aristocracy allow her story to ring true. With a cast of enjoyable characters, both real and fictional, and a string of red herrings, hidden motives and plot twists as intricate as a well-tied cravat, this story will delight both historical mystery and Regency fans. (Publishers Weekly)
The Bloodied Cravat (Beau Brummell Mysteries)
- BookThe Bloodied Cravat (Beau Brummell Mysteries)
- Author:Rosemary Stevens
- Publishing Date:2002-05-07
- Publisher:Berkley Hardcover
- Number Of pages:304