ISBN# (13): 978-0-06-144748-8
Avon (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
$13.95 U.S./$14.95 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Liberty Lane is approached by Benjamin to spy out the notorious Madame Columbine, who is known to have the temperance of a cobra. Curious as to why the dancer offers such a threat to Benjamin, the sleuth in her accepts the challenge, never anticipating the consequences.
Benjamin Disraeli needs someone to keep an eye on Madam Columbine, who is a possible threat to the good order of society. He turns to Liberty, hoping she will accept the challenge.
Liberty met Benjamin after the murder of her father. So when the most recent elected man to Parliament approaches her to follow Columbine around the theatre, she is at first skeptical then agrees. Since she knows about the theatre backstage, she will draw no suspicions when she enters and leaves. Her oldest and dearest friend, Daniel Suter, is none too happy she accepts the job from Disraeli. She assures Daniel she will be fine. Daniel introduces her to Jenny Jarvis, whom he is teaching to sing, and who he cares for. It appears he has moved on with his life, which does not include her. Not long after Liberty begins investigating Madame Columbine, the poor woman is found poisoned to death, and the suspect points to Jenny. Is Jenny innocent, and can Liberty prove Jenny’s innocence, or will she toss her to the wolves to have Daniel back?
I thought Dangerous Affair was like an Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes movie as everything unfolds into a huge stage production. The well-spun characters and the cleverly crafted plot keep the reader rapidly turning the pages to discover who could have actually poisoned Madame Columbine. I like the twist with Daniel and Jenny, when Liberty still seems to care for Daniel, but is aware she has no future with him. With a bit of mystery, in-depth players, and wondering who to trust in this delightful tale, Caro Peacock weaves a great sequel to A Foreign Affair. I love the Victorian era to this theme. The secrets that spin around Jenny are a great asset to the story and plunged me deep into the mystery, as well as the findings. Good job, Ms. Peacock.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More