Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock


"Would you be kind enough to tell me where they keep people's bodies," I said.
      The porter blinked. The edges of his eyelids were pink in a brown face, lashes sparse and painful-looking like the bristles on a gooseberry. Odd the things you notice when your mind's trying to shy away from a large thing.

Title: A Foreign Affair
Author: Caro Peacock
ISBN: 9780061445897
Publisher: Avon/2008
Pages: 331

1837. England now has new queen, eighteen year old Victoria. Our heroine Liberty Lane has just lost her father, supposedly in a duel. Liberty does not believe it. She tries to follow trails leading to her father's death but find obstacles at every step. She is contacted by secret agents and is asked to pose as a governess in the Mandeville Hall. She has to spy on Sir Herbert Mandeville who is planning overthrow the new queen.

Libby is more concerned about finding her father's killer. Therefore, she agrees to the subterfuge. And falls right in the midst of conspiracies, horses, spies, duels and elopement. 

I enjoyed the dialogues, the ridiculous characters, misplaced plots and Liberty's quirky way of thinking. There is not a single dull moment. Justice comes in the end and how. That is fun part of it. Liberty Lane is a wonderful character and I really loved Amos Legge, a giant of a man with heart of gold. Such a rollicking ride in a mystery/suspense novel in 19th century England. I am gonna pick the next two Liberty Lane novels.

15 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

That intro would make me want to read more - Hope you enjoy it and thaks for joining us this week.

LoveBites AndSilk said...

This intro certainly has me intrigued.

Pat @ Posting For Now said...

This sounds like a great read. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

This sounds like my kind of read. Thanks for sharing.

My post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/03/first-chapter-first-paragraph-54.html

Harvee Lau said...

I just love your comments on the novel. I can see you had fun reading this!

Literary Feline said...

I read the intro, Gautami, and thought, "Oh! I so want to read this book!" It does sound good, and from your review, it definitely sounds like it would be a fun read. I am glad you liked it.

Nise' said...

Your thoughts makes this book more appealing.

cleopatralovesbooks said...

A great sounding book, Victorian England is one of my favourite time periods and this sounds like a sparky read. I loved the comparison of bristles to a gooseberry. Here is my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/teaser-tuesday-march-25/

Paulita said...

I like that intro. Here's Mine

fredamans said...

Fun intro! Sounds like a great start!

Kim@Time2Read said...

That one sounds promising. I'd want to read on.
Thanks for stopping by!

Mason Canyon said...

I like the introduction. This sounds like a fun read with intriguing twists.

Peggy Farooqi said...

I haven't read historical fiction for a while, and this period in history I find quite interesting.

kelley jensen said...

I do enjoy reading about Queen Victoria. Enjoy your book and thanks for stopping by today.

Melissa Wiebe said...

Sounds interesting. I am intrigued...