A Foreign Affair is the first in a series about the adventures of the resourceful Liberty Lane. It’s 1837, and Queen Victoria has just ascended the throne of England. However, Liberty isn’t concerned about the coronation of the Queen; she’s much more interested in how her father died, apparently in a duel, while in France. Her investigation leads her to a dangerous plot that may jeopardize the English crown and possible England itself.
I thought this was a pretty lively, exciting, and fast-paced novel. Although the characters seemed to be a little too modern at times, I enjoyed this book and the sort-of gothic Mandeville Hall. It had just the right combination of murder, mystery, and treason, with a little bit of romance mixed in. Caro Peacock used to work as a guide at Croft Castle in Hereford, the family home of Sir Richard Croft, the medical expert who was present at the birth of Princess Charlotte’s son in 1817. From that story sprung the idea for A Foreign Affair. Reading this novel, you can tell that Peacock has assiduously done her research. Aside from the dialogue, the period details ring true.
A Foreign Affair is the first in a promising series; the next is A Dangerous Affair, coming out in January. I look forward to reading it.
Also reviewed by: Savvy Verse and Wit, A Work in Progress